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What is a Tax Id Number

What is a Tax Id Number 2/15/2012 12:00 AM  

 A tax id number is a number that a government issues to identify a business for various tax purposes. 

There are five main tax id numbers: 

  1. A federal tax id number

  2. A State Employer Tax Id Number

  3. A Sales Tax Id Number

  4. A County Tax Id Number

  5. A City Tax Id Number

 A federal tax id number is issued primarily to partnerships, corporations, and employers.   A sole owner can obtain one and use it as a business tax id number to be used in applications. For example, you are starting "Online King" an ebay online business and you have an employee.  You will need a federal tax id ( as well as a state employer number ) to pay employment tax.    

 Partnerships will need one because the partnership must be indentified independently from its partners and corporations need it as a corporation id but it can also be used as an employer number for the corporation as well as the partnership.


A State Employer Number  ( as well as a federal tax id number ) is required for all businesses that have or will soon hire employees .

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 A sales tax id number is required in two cases:

  1. If you are a wholesaler so you can sell without charging taxes.

  2. If you are a retailer that wants to buy wholesale or sell online and collect taxes.


 A County Sales Tax Id is required in some states for the purpose mentioned in the state sales tax id case

A City Tax Id or business tax receipt registration number is required from most cities in the United States.



If You Are Starting a Business, You Need The Following  Tax Id Numbers:

  1.  All businesses need a business tax id registration number also called a business license.
  2. All businesses that want to buy wholesale ( i.e., buy without paying taxes), or sell retail and collect taxes,  need a State Sales Tax Id Number also called a seller's permit or resale tax id number.
  3. All businesses that have employees, need a federal tax id number ( also called an irs number) and a state employer tax id number.
  4. All businesses are advised to get a federal tax id number and use it as a business id number.  Note that a federal tax id number is also a federal employer number as well as a business id number.
  5. All corporations, partnerships, and llcs, are required to get a federal tax id number to use as a business tax id ( though, even sole proprietors can use it as a business tax id number if they so choose).





The federal tax id costs $29, and a Sales tax id starts at #39

a Tax ID Number here online.
Asked on: 12/13/2019 7:47 PM
I am a Minister, do I get any special tax breaks
12/13/2019 7:47 PM
True if you have a non profit.
Asked on: 12/13/2019 7:46 PM
I am not selling anything, just need a business license for a handyman business
12/13/2019 7:46 PM
Ok, you also need an EIN.
Asked on: 12/13/2019 7:45 PM
By: bolton landscaping and removal
I am therapist, I will be billing clients for services rendered. I will not be selling anything tangible. I will charge a fee for service. I do have a name for my business if I can do this without too much of a hassle. If it is more simple, I can just use my name.
12/13/2019 7:45 PM
Therapist may fall within personal services and may be taxable in your state and so you may need a sales tax id number.  Other than that, you will need a federal tax ID EIN, a business license and if having a trade name, an LLC, DBA, or corporation but you said you will use your own personal name.
Asked on: 12/13/2019 7:43 PM
By: Nita
Me and my partner owned a business together, can both of our names go on the federal tax id?
12/13/2019 7:43 PM
No, just the principal officer of a corporation or the general partner of a partnership.

Either one can put his or her name.

You can obtain a tax id here online.

Click on this link,

submit your business info,

select your tax ids, and 

we will send it to you by 

email or reg. mail.
Asked on: 12/13/2019 7:40 PM
Do I have to pay anything if my website does not do anything within the year.As I am looking, it seems as though I can use a federal EIN#, is that accurate?
12/13/2019 7:40 PM
Yes, you can use a federal id as an employer, independent contractor, llc, or corporation, partnership, or sole owner.
Asked on: 11/15/2018 10:57 PM
Q: i am research a business and need to validate the business Do I need a business license  to sale on online and buy wholesale what do I need?I planning to sell vegetable do I need a business permit or license in the of SC.
11/15/2018 10:57 PM
A: Yes, you need a business license and a sales tax id number.
Asked on: 11/15/2018 10:51 PM

Do I need a business license to purchase rental properties in.
11/15/2018 10:51 PM

Yes, you need an EIN and a business license.
Asked on: 11/15/2018 10:51 PM
By: hooked for life

i need our tax id number. I am an LLC, been in business 14 years .... i provide a service , martial art training.... i am contemplating selling health supplements...... what would I need ?i am a martial art academy. I have a tax ID and I am an LLC. I was offered the possibility of selling supplements on contingency in my academy. I realize that I will need a retail permit $ deal with new taxes. I am not sure if this is all worth it. I am in NJ
11/15/2018 10:51 PM

A: You need an EIN, a seller's permit, and a business license. Read more below.
Asked on: 3/30/2018 11:15 PM
What is S corporation I am trying to fibd out what website i go on to to pay for my permit, i have inspection ob monday
I have an ein and business licence, what else do I need?
do i need a business license for a seller or resale permit?
do i need a license if i am cutting grass and hauling it awa
they sa id my city require a ton a paper work WHAT LICENSES SHOILD I APPLY FOR FOR A HOT DOG CART
i have a small business what does it take to sell kratom out of my store?
3/30/2018 11:15 PM
Asked on: 3/30/2018 11:14 PM
This is for rescued injured small dogs. I would be paying all expenses for I rescued or injured dogs, and only be reimbursed once the dog was ready for new adopted homes. Do I need a kennel license if I own two champion female dogs and two old neutered female dogs and one male dog? And once a year have a litter of puppies and sell them.
hi am interested in selling some pups from breeding my dogs
I know .. I see only 2 dogs per home... I have 9...that I have had for several years..
I dont want to breed as most of my dogs are fixed..I just want to be able to keep them if i buy a home down there..
3/30/2018 11:14 PM
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