Every nonprofit corporation and charitable trust must secure their own federal employer identification numbers (EIN). Effective Jan. 6, 2014, the IRS is no longer providing EINs by phone. Requests for EINs may still be made online, by fax and by mail. EINs requested online will be available immediately; those requested by fax will be available within four days; and those requested by mail will be available within 30 days.

However, the IRS will not process an EIN application online if the responsible party obtained its EIN online. That is to say, if a parent company’s EIN was obtained online, it is not possible to request an EIN online for any newly formed subsidiary of that parent. Those applications for EINs must be faxed or mailed, resulting in longer wait times for the EIN.

Parties applying for EINs should plan in advance now that EINs won’t be available immediately for some applications.