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The IRS needs every taxpayer to have a number that specifically applies to him or her. This is how any form of IRS communication is processed, or any tax form is processed.
The IRS Form SS-4 (Application for Employer Identifying Number) is used if you want to obtain an Employer Identification Number. In technical lingo, the Employer Identification Number is also known as the EIN. It is your tax id number.
You can obtain the SS-4 form either online at the IRS website or by filling out the SS-4 paper tax form. Of course, if you file for this number electronically, you will receive your identifying number quicker.
For either method of application you choose for your EIN, you will need to have the following information on hand.
If you have hired someone to perform household duties, and pay them more than $1,500 in 2006, you need an EIN. You are considered an employer and need to withhold payroll taxes. You will have tax filing and