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Important Numbers For Your Business
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Official Name:Often Referred to as:Our Company Number Is:What Is It For?What Does It Look Like?How Do I Register for It?If I Already Have It, Where Can I Find It?
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Employer Identification NumberEIN; FEIN; TIN; Federal Tax Identification NumberLike a social security number but for a business, you need it to open a bank account, get a loan, and do many other fundamental things for your business. You need this even if you aren't going to have employees.12-3456789Follow these steps: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/apply-for-an-employer-identification-number-ein-onlineOn your business tax return or business's Schedule C (part of your individual 1040 return) or possibly under Company Settings in QuickBooks (if you've added it there)
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Charter NumberRequired for most companies to operate in any state.Varies by stateYou should be able to fill out a registration form on your Secretary of State's website and the state will issue the business a charter, or business, number that is used to identify that corporation in that state.On your Articles of Organization/Certificate of Organization; or search by business name at this on your Secretary of State's website.
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State Tax ID NumberSales Tax ID NumberUsed for sales/use tax, corporate income tax, and employer withholding tax.Varies by stateRegister your business with your State's Department of Revenue. In many states you can do this on the agency's website. Registration may require to provide your Federal Tax ID Number. (see above)State Tax I.D. Number on your Sales Tax Return
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State Unemployment Tax NumberSUTAUsed for filing State Unemployment Tax.12-34567-8-90 (this could vary by state and company type)Contact your State's Department of Labor to register for unemployment insurance. You may be able to register online at the website for your state.Any correspondence that you receive from your State's Department of Labor should reflect your employer number.
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Dun & Bradstreet NumberDUNS Number, D-U-N-S NumberThis free ID number is required to register with the Federal government for contracts or grants. It is also required to get a Small Business Administration loan. If you don't have a number and need to get one quickly, there is a paid expedited option.123456789This article has some great information and a link to apply for a D-U-N-S number if you don't have one: https://www.sba.gov/blogs/why-your-business-needs-get-duns-numberThis link lets you look up a D-U-N-S number: https://www.dnb.com/duns-number.html
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