How Do You Do a Tax ID Number Search?


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A tax I.D. number search can be conducted on the investor relations page of most publicly traded company's websites, through the Securities Exchange Commission's online Edgar database or by subscribing to an online commercial database service. Tax I.D. numbers are also known as federal Employer Identification Numbers. The IRS requires all employers to obtain an EIN, including non-profit organizations and state and local governments.

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The EIN number of a publicly-traded company is written on the first page of every SEC filing. These pages are typically posted on the SEC filings page of the company's investor relations website. The SEC'S Edgar database also contains all of the SEC filings of publicly traded companies, and the EIN numbers are listed on the first page of each. Both of these methods of looking up an EIN are free. Those who look-up EIN numbers frequently find it saves time to subscribe to an online commercial database service. These services are offered on a pay-as-you-go basis or by subscription. Many database services offer special pricing incentives and free trials. An EIN is necessary for businesses to process payroll, file taxes and open bank accounts. The IRS issues EINs to employers. Employers apply to the IRS for EINs online, by fax or by phone.

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