EIN Verification Letter (147C) for an LLC

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EIN Verification Letter (147C) for an LLC

How to get a copy of your LLC EIN Number from the IRS

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)

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:

EIN Confirmation Letter CP575 for LLC

Here is what an EIN Verification Letter (147C) looks like:

EIN Verification Letter 147C for LLC

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 they 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

1. Call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933 (the “business and specialty tax line”).

2. Press option 1 for English.

3. Press option 1 for Employer Identification Numbers.

4. Press option 3 for “If you already have an EIN, but you can’t remember it, etc.”

5. Tell the IRS agent that you have an LLC and need an EIN Verification Letter (147C).

6. The IRS agent will ask a few security questions to confirm you own your LLC.

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).

7. Tell the IRS agent whether you’d like to receive the 147C Letter by mail or fax.

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.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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2 Comments

  1. Momen January 22, 2020

    Thanks for the article!
    How long after receiving my EIN can I call the IRS to request a verification letter by fax?

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    • Matt Horwitz January 27, 2020

      Hi Momen, you don’t have to wait at all. You can request an EIN Verification Letter right after your EIN is issued.

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