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What is the cost of an EIN number?

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As of 2015, applying and receiving an EIN number is free, and is part of a complimentary service through the Internal Revenue Service. An application for an EIN number can be done through four different methods, which are online, fax, mail and by telephone.

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Application by telephone is specifically open to only international applicants, and the line is open during weekdays between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern Time. When applying by fax or mail, applicants need to fill out Form SS-4 with the required information. When applying online, the IRS provides an online application form, and an EIN number is issued if the IRS deems the application valid.

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