It's a bit like a Social Security number for a business. All tax identification numbers, personal or business, are considered private, and there isn't any easy way to verify an EIN unless you have the authority of the business. The only exception is for registered nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations. If you are the business owner, you're an authorized representative. Other authorized individuals include officers of the company, sole proprietors, partners and, for a trust, the trustee or executor of the estate.
The verification process for an authorized representative is simple. Call the IRS at The IRS representative will request your identifying information. The representative will then give you the EIN number over the phone. If you are not an authorized representative, you can ask an authorized representative to complete IRS Form Tax Information Authorization to process it.
In a catch, the form requires the EIN, which means if the company has lost the number completely, the authorized company representative must call. In situations where the company has the EIN but wants to confirm it, you will know upon calling with the Form if you have the correct EIN. Exempt organizations have a not-for-profit status. This means their information is public record.
Search the business by name using the search tool. Not only will you see the EIN to confirm tax deductible donations, you can also see the status of the charity. The system tells you if the business had its tax exempt status revoked for not filing Form N. This form verifies the amount of income the business had. Even though the business is tax exempt, it still needs to file and report income.
It can lose its charitable status for failing to do so. While this is private information, most employers comply with requests to confirm the EIN. This number is used on payroll checks and issued on s for contractors. It is also given to employers when providing contract work.
When tax returns, personal or business, are filed, an incorrect EIN can lead to the IRS rejection of the form or requests for other information due to inconsistent data checks.
Verifying the EIN at this point is necessary to prevent understating and overstating income by all parties. The only other way to verify an EIN is to run a credit history. If you have the EIN and are authorized to run a credit check, running a credit report confirms the name of the business and its address associated with the EIN.