An Employer Identification Number (or Federal Employer Identification Number) or EIN is obtained by filing a Form SS-4 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Not all Florida businesses need an EIN. Your EIN is assigned for federal tax purposes.
Not every Florida business entity will need an EIN. The IRS provides a list of various reasons for why you will need an EIN.
You must obtain an EIN if:
- You formed a Florida corporation or partnership
- Your business has employees
- Your business must file Employment, Excise, or Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms tax returns
- Your business withholds taxes on income (other than wages) paid ot a non-resident alien
- You have a Keogh plan
- You are involved with a trust, estate, real estate mortgage investment conduit, non-profit, farmers co-op, or plan administrators
If you have a Florida LLC and your company does not fall into any of the above categories, then you are not required to file for an EIN (unless your bank requires an EIN to open a business account).