November 2022 update: We know that many of you are having a hard time getting through to the IRS. We spoke to the IRS about this: the phone lines are just very busy right now. Try calling multiple times per day, and multiple days per week. It’s best to call between 7am and 10am or between 3pm and 7pm. And don’t call on Monday (the busiest day).
An EIN Verification Letter 147C can only be requested by phone (for security reasons). You can’t request it by mail or fax. And there is no other number to call besides the one have listed below. Hopefully things get back to normal soon. We wish there was more we could do, but dealing with the IRS is sometimes like this. Keep trying! You’ll eventually get through.
When you first get an EIN Number, the IRS sends you an EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575).
- If you got your EIN Number online, you can download the CP 575 online
- If you got your EIN Number by mail or fax, the IRS will mail you a CP 575 (it’s mailed to the address you listed on 4a and 4b of Form SS-4; takes 4-6 weeks to arrive)
Note: If you are a Third Party Designee, you cannot download the CP 575 if applying online. The CP 575 will be mailed to the EIN Responsible Party.
Some people lose the CP 575 EIN Confirmation Letter and need an official copy of their LLC’s EIN Number for things like opening an LLC bank account.
The IRS only issues the EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575) one time. You can’t get this letter again. In fact, “CP” means the letter was auto-generated by a computer. So even if you call the IRS, no one there can recreate the CP 575.
However, there is good news. You can still get an official “EIN Letter” from the IRS. It’s just not called an EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575).
Instead, it’s called an EIN Verification Letter (147C).
Note: The full name of the 147C is actually EIN Verification Letter 147C, EIN Previously Assigned.
The CP 575 and 147C are technically different letters, however, they are both official letters from the IRS and can be used for all business matters.
Here is what an EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575) looks like:
Here is what an EIN Verification Letter (147C) looks like:
How to get a 147C EIN Verification Letter from the IRS
The only way to get an EIN Verification Letter (147C) is to call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933.
For security reasons, the IRS will never send anything by email. Instead, the IRS will send you an EIN Verification Letter (147C) two ways:
- by mail
- by fax (you can use an actual fax or a digital/online fax)
147C by mail
If you choose mail, it can take 4-6 weeks before your EIN Verification Letter (147C) arrives.
The IRS will mail your 147C Letter to the mailing address they have on file for your LLC. You’ll be able to confirm this address when you’re on the phone with the IRS agent.
147C by fax
If you choose fax, the IRS will fax you the 147C Letter while you’re on the phone.
Tip: The IRS agent will ask, “Do you have a private and secure fax next to you?” If you are using a digital/online fax, say yes.
Here’s how to call the IRS and get a 147C Letter
- Call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933 (the “business and specialty tax line”).
- Press option 1 for English.
- Press option 1 for Employer Identification Numbers.
- Press option 3 for “If you already have an EIN, but you can’t remember it, etc.”
- Tell the IRS agent that you have an LLC and need an EIN Verification Letter (147C).
- The IRS agent will ask a few security questions to confirm you own your LLC.
- Tell the IRS agent whether you’d like to receive the 147C Letter by mail or fax.
Tip: Only an owner of your LLC can request a 147C Letter. No one else can call for you, unless they have a Power of Attorney on file with the IRS. If you have a Single-Member LLC, refer to yourself as the “owner” (instead of Member). If you have a Multi-Member LLC, refer to yourself as a “partner” (instead of a Member).
Congratulations! You have successfully requested a 147C, EIN Verification Letter for your LLC. We recommend making a few copies and keeping them with your business records.
IRS: Lost or Misplaced Your EIN
IRS: Telephone Assistance Contacts for Business Customers
IRS: About Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number (EIN)
IRS: Internal Revenue Manuals 21.7.1 BMF/NMF Miscellaneous Information
IRS: Internal Revenue Manuals 21.7.13 Assigning Employer Identification Numbers (EINs)