How to Get Your Own EIN Number

How to Get an EIN as Foreign Importer

As a foreign importer, it is important to know that although it is not mandatory to have an EIN to import into the United States, it is much simpler and cheaper to obtain one than to file the required paperwork to import without one. As an Amazon seller, this also applies. We recommend planning early and securing an EIN number as soon as possible. A U.S. resident can secure their EIN number in a matter of minutes by visiting the IRS website at: sa.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp

 

What is an EIN number?

An EIN number is a United States government issued tax identification number. This number is used to track and receive business income taxes. As an Amazon seller, you will need an EIN number when creating your professional sellers account in the United States. A foreign importer is unlikely to have a SSN, (Social Security Number), or ITIN, (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number), which necessitates an EIN instead.

 

How to Obtain an EIN Number

 

 

 

Step 1: Complete IRS Form SS-4

Completing this form is purely for your reference during your phone call to complete the process. You may choose to actually submit the completed form by mail to the IRS, but if any errors exist, it will likely be rejected and the project will need to be started again. It also takes up to 30 days to clear! It is much easier to complete this process by telephone.

The form, and instructions, is here: www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fss4.pdf

 

Step 2: Placing the Phone Call to the IRS

You will need to place a  phone call to the IRS. Be prepared for wait times from 15-45 minutes, and be prepared with enough Skype of Google Voice credit to sustain the call, as it is NOT toll-free. The number is +1 267 941 1099, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST, (GMT-5:00), Monday through Friday.

During the phone call:

Press 1 for a foreign EIN number

After your wait, tell the agent you need an EIN number for a sole proprietorship

The agent will ask if you have filled out your SS-4 form, followed by a few more simple questions about your business

After all of the necessary answers are provided, you will be issued your EIN number.

Write your EIN number down and keep it in a safe, easy to remember location. You will receive a copy in a few weeks at your U.S. postal address.

Congratulations! You have survived the process of obtaining your own EIN number. Now that you’re ready to roll, place your first order and once it reaches us, we’ll do the rest!