Sun 16 Aug 2015 | By:

How to Get an EIN in Tennessee (for Free)

Get an EIN for Your Business

Between the excitement of fulfilling goals and the slight fear of what lies ahead, starting a business can be quite an experience for people who choose to take command of their future, but congratulations because you are almost there!

In this guide, you will be taught what an Employer ID number (EIN) is, what its purpose is, and how to get an EIN in Tennessee after registration.

What is an EIN?

An Employer ID Number or better known as EIN is a series of 9-digit numbers that is used to identify your business in the state of Tennessee and United States. This number serves as your social security number of sorts, and you will use this in all future business transactions.

Filing Fee: $0

How to Get a Tennessee EIN

Obtaining an EIN in the state of Tennessee is so much easier thanks to the different ways to get it. From among these options, you can choose which one will be most convenient on your end.

Apply Online

To apply for an EIN online, you only need to go to the IRS website, specifically this page, and fill out the form correctly. As soon as you submit it, you will also receive your EIN.

Apply through Fax

Obtain a copy of the SS-4 form, fill it out correctly, double check your entries, and then send it to 859-669-5760. Please make sure to include your own fax number along with your application so that you will receive your EIN. It takes up to four business days to receive your EIN through fax.

Apply through Phone

To apply through phone for your EIN, dial 800-829-4933 for the Business and Special Tax line that will process your application. They can be contacted anytime between 7 AM and 7 PM. Keep your business information in close proximity for questions during the phone conversation. By the end of it, you will have already have your EIN.

Apply through Mail

Application for EIN through mail can be done by doing the following: fill out the SS-4 form first and make sure that every entry is completely answered correctly. When done, you can send it to the following address:

Internal Revenue Service

Attention EIN Operation

Cincinnati, OH,


Note that a waiting period of 4 weeks should be given for mail application of EIN.

This guide is not a legal advice nor does it claim to be. It is only an informational article and should be treated as such. We highly advise that you talk with your accountant for any matters regarding in-depth discussion of tax questions or how to go about the process of starting an LLC, Corporation, DBA or any other business structure.

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.