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How to Get an EIN in South Carolina (for Free)

Get an EIN for Your Business

One of the first possible requirements you’ll need to comply with after registering your business (LLC, Corporation, ect) is to get an EIN. This guide will help you do that by discussing what an EIN is and how to get an EIN in South Carolina.

What is an EIN?

An EIN or Employer Identification Number is your business’ distinctive identifier. It uniquely identifies your business from all the others in the State of South Carolina. Your EIN is akin to your social security number as an individual.

Filing Fee: $0

How to Get a South Carolina EIN

An EIN for your South Carolina business can be obtained in any of four ways. Choose the option that is most accessible and convenient for you.

Apply Online

Through the wonderful internet, applying for an EIN online is the easiest way. You can go to this page on the IRS website and fill out all the necessary information in the form. You can file it and get your EIN as soon as you’re done.

Apply By Fax

A fax application for EIN is also possible. You need to obtain a copy of the SS-4 form, fill out all the necessary details, and fax it to 859-669-5760. After you have sent the form, you wait for 4 business days before the EIN is sent to you. (Note: do not forget to include your fax number as well when sending your form. This is to ensure that you will receive your EIN.)

Apply By Phone

If you opt to call in your application for EIN, dial the Business and Special Tax line’s number: 800-829-4933. You should make the call between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Before making the call, prepare all your business information and keep it close to you during the entire phone conversation. As the conversation ends, you’ll have your EIN already.

Apply By Mail

For application of EIN through mail, just obtain a copy of the SS-4 form, fill all the required entries, and send it to this address, and wait for 4 weeks to receive your EIN:

Internal Revenue Service

Attention EIN Operation

Cincinnati, OH


Please be reminded that this article is only a guide used for informational purposes. This should not be treated as a legal advice. For legal questions concerning taxes, permits, licenses, or you need advice on the process of starting a business, seek the advice of a lawyer.

About Liesha Petrovich

Liesha is a small business owner of 20 years, host of Startup Savant, the owner of a karate dojo in Maine, and creator of Work Mobly. During free time she's with her family and working on a Doctorate in Entrepreneurship.