How to Get a Free EIN (Employer Identification Number)

Ask the Tax Expert: Do I Need an EIN? | MileIQ

Hello there dear truckers, last week’s blog was emphasized the different types of rejections. The most important of them all was the EIN rejection or name control rejection the combination of the EIN and the name of the taxpayer is revised into a unique identifier for each taxpayer. And, you stand responsible to provide the correct EIN while filing or your return would be rejected if the same doesn’t match.

If you don’t remember your EIN while filing your return or you have accidentally misplaced it, reach IRS at 1-866-699-4096 and they would look into it for you.

While majority of truckers have a registered EIN or tax ID many still seem to file using their social security number. Well is it not something that can be used ?  We wouldn’t say no but an SSN can be used only while paper filing at the IRS office directly or manually by mailing the documents to the IRS office. Since the IRS offices are closed due to covid-19 paper filing is out of the option and hence one would not be able to use it in filing a 2290 return electronically. So what do you do in this case?

Today, we are going to tell you how to apply for an EIN.

EIN Via Online:

With the technology growing rapidly, you can sit wherever you are, and apply for EIN in minutes through the online portal. Visit and click on Businesses, then click on Employer Identification Numbers (it’s on the left-hand side of the page under “Topics”) for more information. Its method has proved to be the easiest method to apply EIN and this won’t consume much of your time either.

EIN Via Phone Call:

If you don’t wish to choose online methodologies, you can apply for an EIN through a phone call. Dial 1-800-829-4933 and explain to them about your new application for EIN. To keep you informed, this method is slightly time-consuming and you cannot e-file your tax return immediately since IRS takes some time to update the new EINs in their database. Wait for a while, 15-20 days, and try e-filing. If your return is not acknowledged, check with IRS.

EIN via Mail:

Another method in the list is applying EIN through the mail and you will receive your EIN within 4 weeks. You need to ensure that form SS-4 (PDF) contains all of the required information. If it is determined that the entity needs a new EIN, you will be assigned the appropriate procedures for the entity type and mailed the same.

EIN via Fax:

Also, you can fax or mail Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to the IRS.

But some customers have raised questions stating that they do not own a business and how to get an EIN, well one can actually register an EIN under his personal name and file 2290 using it, and it’s not necessary that only businesses can have an EIN. Also if you are leased to a company you can also use the company’s name and EIN to file your HVUT form 2290. Hope this was useful to you and clear your doubts about the EIN, if further assistance needed please call our tax tea, at 347-515-2290 or you may simply drop an email to our tea would be happy to clear all your doubts relating to your form 2290. You can also chat with a live representative through our website, We are available from 9 A.M. to 5.30 P.M. CST.