Once you’re on the IRS webpage with the heading, Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online, scroll down a bit to find and click on the button that says, Apply Online Now.
You will be directed to a new page with a pop-up window showing a notification that states, “THIS U.S. GOVERNMENT SYSTEM IS FOR AUTHORISED USE ONLY!”
Simply click “Ok” and proceed in completing the steps in applying for an EIN online by following the prompts after clicking on the button the says, “Begin Application”
NOTE: You will only be able to process this application during business hours. Otherwise, you will be directed to a page that says:
Our online assistant is currently unavailable.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again at a later time.
NOTE: The Online EIN Assistant’s hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
The EIN Assistant will guide you through the process of completing the online application for your Employer Identification Number.
All that you have to do follow the prompts by choosing the appropriate option, depending on the “TYPE” that you are applying for, and click on “CONTINUE”
You will be directed by the EIN Assistant to the next page where you have to follow through the prompts and select the option that suits the purpose of your application and click on the button to “CONTINUE” until you reach the end of the process.
A progress bar is available on the top to show you the different stages that you have to go through until the completion of your Online EIN application.
NOTE: You will only have 15-minutes to complete the application with the help of the EIN Assistant before your session expires.