Employer ID Number

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jdmcat, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. jdmcat

    jdmcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Posts: 439

    if you're not going to have employees, can you still get an EIN?
     
  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,009

    Yes you have to get one for banking purposes. You cant put business checks in a personal account.
     
  3. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    If your "NOT" going to have employees and are structured as a "Sole Proprietor" then you are "NOT" required to obtain an EIN as your social security number works in place of a EIN.

    If your business structure is "LLC", "Corp", "S-Corp" or "Sole Proprietor with employees" then you "WILL" need to obtain the EIN number from the IRS.
     
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    As Wells said you don't need one but unless you like giving out your social security # to everyone you do work for, I would get one www.irs.gov
     
  5. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    Wells is correct.
     
  6. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 603

    I agree with Wells, you can just use your SS#.
     
  7. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    When I was a Sole Prop I had an EIN. Easier and more professional than social #, IMO.
     
  8. jdmcat

    jdmcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Posts: 439

    thanks everyone, thats what i thought but wasn't sure
     
  9. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,501

    If I'm not mistaken, if you have an EIN but no employees, you'll need to file form 944 annually instead of 941 quarterly. I also think when you get apply for your number they automatically tag you as a 941 filer so you need to make sure to request a change.
     
  10. jphag

    jphag LawnSite Member
    Posts: 219


    Yes. go online and apply for your EIN. It is essential for banking purposes.
     

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