What Is The EIN For The US Census Bureau?


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You can contact the US Census Bureau through their website: www.census.gov/hrd/www/ to find out what their EIN is.

An EIN is an Employer Identification Number and it is issued to anyone who has to pay withholding taxes on employees. It is a unique nine digit number given by the IRS (Internal Revenue Services) to businesses operating in the United States, so that they can be identified. If it is used purely for identification purposes, rather than for tax reasons, it is referred to as a TIN (Tax Identification Number).

In the same way that a Social Security Number is given to an individual, EINs are used by all employers, including sole proprietors, corporations, partnerships, non-profit organizations, trust and estates, government agencies and other businesses. Although many people believe differently, credit bureaus and issuers can tell the difference between a SSN and an EIN, so an EIN cannot be used for fraud purposes. It is for this reason that an EIN isn’t regarded as sensitive information, and is quite freely given.

A business can apply for an EIN online, by using the toll free telephone service, by fax or by mail. Online applications are validated during the session and an EIN will be issued immediately. The person applying for it must have a valid Taxpayer Identification Number such as an SSN to be able to use the online service.

If you want to apply by phone, call the Business and Speciality Tax Line at (800) 829-4933 between 07:00 and 22:00 local time, Monday through Friday. If you are calling internationally the number is (267) 941-1099, but this is not a toll free number.

To apply by fax or mail, complete the Form SS-4 and return. Fax applications take up to four business days and mail applications will take four weeks.

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