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Quick Start Guide
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in North Carolina.

Detailed Lessons:

5. Tax ID Number (EIN) ← you are here
6. Annual Report
7. Taxes


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North Carolina LLC filing fee: $125 (one-time fee)
North Carolina LLC annual report fee: $200 per year

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What is an EIN Number?

An EIN Number stands for Employer Identification Number and it will be issued by the IRS to your North Carolina LLC.

An EIN is to your North Carolina LLC what a Social Security Number is to a person. It helps the IRS identify your business for tax and filing purposes.

Having an EIN for your North Carolina LLC allows you to open a separate bank account under the LLC’s name, apply for certain licenses and permits, and handle employee payroll (if applicable).

Even though it’s called an Employer Identification Number, it doesn’t mean that you have to have employees. The EIN is just a type of Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) that identifies your North Carolina LLC with the IRS.

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EIN Synonyms

Your North Carolina LLC’s EIN may be called different names. They all mean the same thing though.

Similar terms for an EIN include:

  • EIN Number
  • Employer ID Number
  • Employer Identification Number
  • Federal Employer ID Number
  • Federal Employer Identification Number
  • FEIN
  • Federal Tax Number
  • Federal Tax ID Number
  • Federal Tax Identification Number

Benefits of having an EIN for your North Carolina LLC

Having an EIN for your North Carolina LLC enables you to do the following:

  • Open an LLC business bank account
  • File taxes at the federal, state, and local level
  • Handle employee payroll (if applicable)
  • Obtain business lines of credit or business loans
  • Get a business credit card for your LLC
  • Apply for business licenses

Wait for your North Carolina LLC to be approved

Wait for your North Carolina LLC to be approved by the Secretary of State before applying for your EIN. Otherwise, if your LLC filing is rejected, you’ll have an EIN attached to a non-existent LLC.

However, if this does happen, you can always cancel your EIN and then apply for a new one. And you don’t have to wait for your cancellation to go through before applying for a new EIN.

Applying for an EIN for your LLC is free ($0)

Applying for an EIN for your North Carolina LLC is completely free.

The IRS doesn’t charge anything for applying for an EIN.

Don’t have an SSN or ITIN?

If you’re a foreigner who formed a North Carolina LLC, you can still get an EIN without having an SSN or ITIN.

You just can’t get your EIN online. Instead, you need to mail or fax Form SS-4 to the IRS.

We have instructions here: How to apply for EIN without an SSN or ITIN.

(related article: How to apply for an ITIN)

EIN Phone Application

You may have read that you can apply for an EIN by phone. This is no longer the case. The IRS has discontinued this service.

The only businesses that can get an EIN by phone are Exempt Organizations (like non-profits) and Foreign Companies (companies formed outside of the United States).

If you’re a foreigner and you formed an LLC in North Carolina, we have instructions below on how to apply for your EIN.

EIN Responsible Party

The EIN Responsible Party is a person that goes on file with the IRS when you apply for an EIN for your North Carolina LLC.

Think of the Responsible Party as the LLC’s “contact person”. The IRS will send your LLC’s mail and correspondence to this person.

If you have a Single-Member North Carolina LLC:

Then you will be the EIN Responsible Party.

If you have a Multi-Member North Carolina LLC:

One of the LLC Members will be the EIN Responsible Party.

The IRS just wants one person as the EIN Responsible Party. They don’t want all the North Carolina LLC Members’ information. The IRS gets the other Members’ information when you file your 1065 Partnership return and issue K-1s each year.

Although any LLC Member can be listed, you should list the LLC Member that will take on the responsibility of making sure the LLC’s taxes are handled properly.

If your North Carolina LLC is owned by another company:

The IRS made changes in 2018 that no longer allow an EIN Responsible Party to be a company. The EIN Responsible Party must be an individual person. So it’s best to list one of the individual owners of the parent company.

Note: If you have a North Carolina LLC that is owned by another company and you try to get an EIN online, you’ll just get an error message (EIN reference number) at the end of the application.

Learn more:

To learn more about who can be the EIN Responsible Party for your North Carolina LLC, please see EIN Responsible Party for LLC.

How is a North Carolina LLC taxed?

By default, a North Carolina LLC is taxed based on the number of Members (owners).

Meaning, an LLC is just taxed in the default status set by the IRS and the LLC doesn’t elect to be taxed as a Corporation (either a C-Corporation or an S-Corporation).

(related article: how are LLCs taxed)

The default tax status for a North Carolina Single-Member LLC is a Disregarded Entity, meaning if the LLC is owned by an individual, the LLC is taxed like a Sole Proprietorship. If the LLC is owned by a company, it is taxed as a branch/division of the parent company.

The default tax status for a North Carolina Multi-Member LLC is Partnership, meaning the IRS taxes the LLC like a Partnership.

If instead, you want your North Carolina LLC taxed as a C-Corp, you’ll first apply for an EIN and then later file Form 8832. If you want your LLC taxed as an S-Corp, you’ll first apply for an EIN and then later file Form 2553.

If you choose to have your North Carolina LLC taxed as a Corporation, make sure you speak with an accountant as there are a lot of details you need to consider. Having an LLC taxed as an S-Corporation is a much more popular choice than having an LLC taxed as a C-Corporation. S-Corporation taxation usually makes sense once an LLC generates about $70,000 in net income per year.

How to apply for an EIN for your North Carolina LLC

Below you will find 3 different sets of instructions:

1. If you have an SSN or ITIN, use the EIN online application

We recommend applying for an EIN online for your North Carolina LLC if you have an SSN or ITIN.

This is the easiest filing method and it has the fastest approval time.

We have instructions here:
How to apply for an EIN online

2. If you apply online, but you get an error message

If you have an SSN or ITIN, apply for an EIN online, but you get an error message (called an EIN reference number) at the end, you will need to mail or fax Form SS-4 to the IRS instead.

We have instructions here:
Apply for EIN for LLC with Form SS-4

3. If you don’t have an SSN or ITIN

If you don’t have an SSN or ITIN, you can still get an EIN for your North Carolina LLC. You just can’t apply for an EIN online.

You will need to mail or fax Form SS-4 to the IRS instead and you must fill the form out in a certain way.

We have instructions here:
How to get an EIN without an SSN or ITIN

EIN Confirmation Letter (EIN Approval)

Once the IRS issues an EIN for your North Carolina LLC you will receive your official approval, known as an EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575).

The method you used to apply for an EIN will determine how you receive your EIN Confirmation Letter.

If you applied for an EIN online:
You’ll be able to download a PDF copy of your EIN Confirmation Letter at the end of the online application. There is no waiting time. The IRS will also send you a duplicate copy in the mail in about 4 to 5 weeks.

If you sent Form SS-4 by fax:
The IRS will fax you back your EIN Confirmation Letter within 4 to 7 business days.

If you sent Form SS-4 by mail:
The IRS will mail your EIN Confirmation Letter within 4 to 8 weeks.

Here is what the EIN Confirmation Letter for an LLC looks like:

EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575) for LLC

How to Cancel an EIN?

If there was a mistake with your first EIN application or you need to cancel your EIN Number for any reason, you just need to mail a cancellation letter to the IRS.

We have instructions here: how to cancel an EIN.

You don’t have to wait for your EIN cancellation to be finalized before getting a new EIN for your North Carolina LLC.

LLC Business Bank Account

After getting your EIN, you can then open a separate business bank account for your North Carolina LLC.

Banks usually ask for the following documents to open a North Carolina LLC business bank account:

  • EIN Confirmation Letter
  • LLC Approval (stamped and approved Articles of Organization)
  • LLC Operating Agreement
  • Driver’s License and/or Passport

Aside from the above, banks may also require other paperwork (like proof of address), so we recommend calling a few banks in North Carolina ahead of time before visiting them in person. It’s also a good idea to ask if they have monthly fees on their “basic” business checking accounts since there are a number of banks that don’t have any monthly fees.

If you’re a non-US resident (foreigner), you will need to show 2 forms of identification, such as your foreign passport and your foreign driver’s license. There are additional things to keep in mind when opening a U.S. bank account for your North Carolina LLC that we have listed here: Non-US resident opening U.S. bank account for an LLC

Note: You will need to open a bank account in North Carolina since that is where you formed your LLC.

IRS Contact Information

If you have any questions, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933. Their office hours are 7am – 7pm, Monday through Friday.

We recommend that you call the IRS early to avoid long holding times.

Next Step

Once the IRS has issued an EIN for your North Carolina LLC, you can then proceed to the next lesson: North Carolina LLC Annual Report.

Matt Horwitz

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
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16 comments on “North Carolina Federal Tax ID Number (EIN)”

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  1. Good Morning,

    I am finding your videos very informing and straight to the point. I am very happy you’ve made useful information like this so accessible and FREE!!

    My question to you is that I am starting my LLC in North Carolina, however, I will be moving to South Carolina later on this year. What, if any problems will I have doing business in SC? Will I have to start all over again, or will I be able to transfer my business and LLC to SC?

    Thank you for any help or insight you can give me. Once again, your program is a blessing for those that want to do it themselves!

    Walter Hazel

    • Hi Walter, thank you for the kind words. We’ve worked very hard, so it’s great to hear – and I appreciate it!

      Do you need to form the LLC in NC right away, or can you wait until you move to SC? If you form the LLC in NC now, you can either 1.) Dissolve it and form a new SC LLC, or 2.) Register your NC as a Foreign LLC in SC.

      Option 2 is usually the preferred as you’ll keep the same bank account and Federal Tax ID Number. The negative to this is you’ll have to maintain an LLC in two states, and continue to pay the NC LLC Annual Report ($200).

      You could also do the opposite. Form the LLC in SC now and then register as a Foreign LLC in NC. There might be some slight advantages this way, as you’ll only need the LLC to operate in NC for a year, and SC LLCs don’t have an Annual Report.

      Back to the first question, you could also hold off on the NC LLC and just form a SC LLC when you move there. There are a few ways to go about it.

      Hope that helps. Keep me posted on what you decide, or just reach back out if you have any more questions!

  2. Hello Matt Horwitz,
    I don’t have any questions! I just wanted to leave a comment and say THANK YOU SO MUCH for creating this awesome website and the LLC University! I have gained so much knowledge from your website. You and your team have made starting a LLC very simple and I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT! All of the information is useful and concise and I literally have no bad words or complaints against this website. You respond quickly to comments and address concerns and questions with professionalism, and respect. Awesome Job! I definitely will be recommending this website to future LLC owners! God Bless You! and I pray that you will continue to shine and be financially blessed!

    • Your comment is truly touching. THANK YOU!! This is the comment of the month… heck, the comment of the year!! So thoughtful and kind, and well-written. Thanks for all your love and positive vibes!! It’s pouring through my computer screen as I type this now!! I feel it :) Thank you!! I’m so happy to hear we had such an impact and were able to help you. Keep rockin’ and much abundance to you!!

  3. My name is Reggie Ford I have an EIN # & I’ve misspace the paper work that it was on how can I get the# to call to so I can get someone to tell me what my EIN# is

    • Hi Reginald, you can call the IRS at 800-829-4933 and ask for an EIN Verification Letter. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm. Hope that helps.

  4. Hi Matt,

    First of all, many many thanks for creating this website. It helped me a lot.

    I have submitted the articles of organization with only my name as the member. But the LLC is really between me and my two brothers who are foreign nationals and don’t live in US. Can I include them on Operating Agreement? What’s the best way to going about it?

    Thanks and appreciate your help.

    • Hi Yasir, you’re very welcome! Yes, you can list the additional Members in your LLC Operating Agreement. Hope that helps!

  5. I don’t believe you are required to get an EIN for a single member LLC. The income would pass through the LLC directly to you, and you would include it as regular income on your individual income tax return. Yes?

    • Hi Edward, that’s mostly correct. The IRS doesn’t require you obtain an EIN if you have a Single-Member LLC as long as you don’t have employees. However, you need an EIN to open an LLC bank account. You’ll also need an EIN if you elect to have your LLC taxed as an S-Corp or have federal excise taxes. Same also applies to alcohol, tobacco, and firearms tax. Hope that helps.

  6. Hey Matt,

    Awesome material man, really helpful for those of us that aren’t business-inclined. Thanks a ton.

    Quick question re: filing for EIN. I’ve filed and been approved for a PLLC in North Carolina, and will be classifying as an S-corp for tax purposes. When filing for an EIN, is it advised to complete form 2553 beforehand and send to IRS or wait until EIN is assigned and then complete? On IRS website, it states that they recommend “you change your type of structure NOW” before continuing to file for EIN. The reason I ask is because form 2553 asks to fill in an EIN number as a requirement.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated!


  7. Hey Matt this is Rukhsana i am starting a small business for alderly caregiver agency. i applied for EIN number first but i find out i should apply for LLC first. so now what should i do,do you want me to cancel my EIN? i need your help please. thanks

    • Hi Rukhsana, did you apply for your EIN using the exact name of the LLC that was later approved? If so, then you should be okay. If not, then you’ll want to cancel the EIN Number and the apply for a new one once the LLC is approved. Hope that helps.

  8. Hi Matt – thank you so much for all the great info and links!
    I have an EIN as a sole proprietor that I got to open a Solo 401k. Fast forward and I formed a single member (disregarded entity) LLC thinking that EIN was ok to use. AND, I just opened a bank account for my LLC using that EIN and my LLC AOO. I think I’ve really messed up. I think I should have gotten a new EIN when I formed the LLC but since I didn’t, what do I do now?

    • Hey Kim, you’re very welcome! Don’t worry. This is an easy fix:
      • Leave your existing EIN as-is.
      • You’ll want a separate/new EIN for your LLC.
      • Then visit the bank and close your newly opened bank account.
      • On that same visit, open a new LLC bank account. Note: When you’re opening the new LLC bank account, you’ll still be using the same approved Articles of Organization… you’ll just have a different/new EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575).
      Hope that helps!

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