Thursday, November 15, 2012

EIN is Necessary In Order to File Form 2290

The IRS requires ANY taxpayer filing a Form 2290 to use an EIN number when filing. The IRS expressly prohibits the use of social security numbers for the filing of 2290.

We receive many questions from taxpayers who believe they're not a business - simply a driver. In this case, you would be considered a sole proprietorship.

To get Employer identification number from the IRS, you can follow one of the following options:

a. Apply Online: The customer can obtain an EIN immediately by visiting IRS Online EIN application
b. Apply over the phone: Taxpayers can obtain an EIN immediately by calling the Business & Specialty Tax Line at (800) 829-4933. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday. An assistor takes the information, assigns the EIN, and provides the number to an authorized individual over the telephone. Note: International applicants must call (215) 516-6999 (Not a toll-free number).
c. Apply Fax: Fax the completed form SS-4 to IRS. If you provide a return fax number, IRS will send a fax to that number within 4 days with a new EIN.
d. Apply through Paid Provider: You can use a CPA or a process agent, like Truck Services of North America and let them take care of preparing and filing the return for you.
e. Apply by Mail: This is the slowest way to get the EIN number. mail the completed Form SS-4 to the IRS. The address is listed on the form itself. This could take up to 4 weeks to get the EIN number.

NOTE: While you can get your EIN immediately, it takes the IRS up to 10 business days to update new EINs into their system; therefore you will not want to wait until the last minute to get yours.  Remember, for vehicles first used in October, the due date to file your Form 2290 is November 30, 2012.  If you are planning on e-filing your Form 2290, you will need to get you EIN immediately to ensure it is in the system before the deadline.

As a premier processing agency, Truck Services of North America can get your EIN and file your Form 2290 Heavy Highway Use Tax for you.  TSNA takes the paperwork out of your way. For more details contact us at or call 803.386.0320.

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