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How do you search for an EIN on the IRS website?

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The IRS has an online search tool called Exempt Organizations Select Check that has a provision to search for the Employer Identification Number of a specific business entity. A person can search the EIN of an organization that is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, the EIN of an organization that had its tax exemption automatically revoked for failing to file a required Form 990 and of an organization that has filed a Form 990-N.

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The first step is to limit the search to one of the three organizations by selecting the radio button adjacent to the desired organization. A person can search the EIN in the Exempt Organizations Select Check search tool by entering the legal name of the organization and then clicking the Search button. Another search option is by entering the city of the organization included in the organization address filed with IRS.

Searching the EIN is possible by selecting the state or country of the organization included in the organization address filed with IRS. A drop-down list is available for the selection of a specific state and country. Searching using the deductibility status of the organization is another option.

When searched with the city, state, country or deductibility status, the tool lists all the entries corresponding to the search criteria. Scan through the list to get the EIN of a specific business. Entering the business name provides the list containing the corresponding EIN of the desired organization directly.

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