How Do I Obtain a Tax ID Number?

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A tax ID number can be obtained through the IRS Web site by filling out an online application. Get a tax identification number for a small business with help from a tax specialist in this free video on filing taxes.

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Hi I'm Julie Kidd. I'm an asset management consultant in Atlanta, Georgia. Now I want to talk to you about how to obtain a tax id number. There are a few cases where you may not need a tax id number. You can go to the IRS website, www.irs.gov to find out some of the specifics but if you don't have employees you may not need a tax id number but in the case of setting up a business where you may need to file for a business license you'll need your tax id number. You'll need it also for things like a bank account. You can go to the IRS website and do it on line. You can also go to your local IRS office and you can do it on the phone with the IRS. You can call the IRS business and specialty tax hot line and do it over the phone that way. The easiest way is to apply on line for your tax id number which is also called your employee identification number. The IRS website will walk you through a set of questions and at the end you'll be able to print off your tax id number. They'll actually give you one and you'll be able to print it off and use it to file your taxes, apply for a business license or set up bank accounts and that's how to obtain a tax id number.

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