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Business Startup Checklist

Learn the basic steps when first starting a new business with our business startup checklist and guide.

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Business Structure Comparison

Learn the options you have when starting your business by learning about pros and cons of different business structures.

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Growing your Business

Just started or have an existing business but are struggling? Check out our small business growth tips for success.

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Apply for Tax ID (EIN) Number for a Sole Proprietorship | Online EIN Application


The simplest and most common business structure, a sole proprietorship refers to an unincorporated business run by a single individual. When you run a sole proprietorship, you report your business income as personal income and you get taxed accordingly. In contrast, with a corporation, the business pays you salary or dividends which you report as your personal income, and the business reports its...

Apply for Tax ID (EIN) Number for a Partnership | Online EIN Application


Does your partnership need a tax ID number? Can you apply for a tax ID number for a partnership online? For both partnerships and corporations, a tax ID number will usually be used to separate the business into a separate tax-paying entity. Here’s what you need to know. Ready to start your Tax ID Application Now? Apply for an IRS Tax ID Number Steps to Getting a Tax ID (EIN) Number for a...

Apply for Tax ID (EIN) Number for a Non-Profit Organization | Online EIN Application


As a non-profit organization, compliance with Internal Revenue Service requirements is paramount. To be seen as a positive non-profit, one that is in good standing with the IRS, you need a Tax ID (EIN) Number for tax administration purposes. Ready to apply already? Apply for a Non-Profit Tax ID (EIN) Number Steps to Applying for Tax ID (EIN) Number for a Non-Profit Organization Prepare Mandatory...

What is an EIN Number? | Employer Identification Number (EIN) Guide


To start a business, you need to complete a lot of paperwork. That includes paperwork that will initially form your business and help to identify it to others. An EIN is one of the essential parts to starting and owning a business. Whether you own an online store, retail business or restaurant business, you will need to obtain an EIN number in order to run basic operations. Ready to apply for...

IRS Tax ID Application | How to Apply Online


Starting a business doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Once your business has been registered, you can apply for an IRS Tax ID. Once you have an IRS Tax ID, you can begin hiring employees, applying for permits, renting out real estate and (of course) paying your taxes. The easiest way to get an IRS Tax ID is to fill out an online application. Ready to start your Tax ID Application...

How to Apply for FEIN Online | IRS FEIN Application


Most businesses need a federal employer identification number (FEIN), and other organizations, such as estates, nonprofits and trusts, may also need this number. Luckily, you can easily apply for an FEIN (federal EIN) number online and through other channels. To get tips on this process, keep reading for more information. Ready to apply now? Start your Federal EIN (FEIN) Application Steps to...

Apply for an Estate Tax ID (EIN) Number | How to Apply Online


Estates need employer identification numbers (EIN) for a number of different reasons. If you’re trying to apply for an estate tax ID (EIN) number online or by phone, mail or fax, you may have a lot of questions, ranging from, “How do I establish an estate tax ID number?” to “Do I need a tax ID number to open an estate account?” Keep reading to get answers to those questions and others and to...

Apply for an LLC Tax ID (EIN) Number | How to Apply Online


Are you about to form an LLC? Starting an LLC often begins with applying for an LLC tax ID – a process that is generally best done online. You can begin the process online and complete it in under an hour – you just need the right information and the right help. Here’s everything you need to know about applying for an LLC tax ID (EIN) number. Ready to apply already? Start your...