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Canceling an Employer Identification Number


If a business needs to cancel their employer identification number (EIN), the IRS cannot do this for you. Once an EIN has been assigned to a business, it becomes the permanent Federal Tax Identification Number for that entity. Regardless of whether the EIN has ever been used to file a federal income tax return, the EIN is never reassigned to another business entity. The EIN will still belong to and be associated with the original business entity and can be used at a later date, if the need arises.

If you receive an EIN but later determine you do not need the number, the IRS can close your business account (and cancel your EIN).

To do this, you will need to send the IRS a letter that includes the legal name and address of the business entity, its assigned EIN, and the reason you wish to close the business account.

If you have a copy of the EIN assignment notice that was issued by the IRS and sent to you when you applied for your EIN, include that copy with your correspondencs. Always keep a copy of this notice for your records. 

There is not cost to you to cancel your EIN and close your business account with the IRS.

Current Mail Address: Internal Revenue Service

                                   Cincinnati, Ohio 45999

NOTE: If (1) you made a federal tax deposit, or other federal tax payment, (2) are liabile for any business taxes, or (3) the IRS has notified you that a business tax return is due, or you haven't filed all of your bsueinss tax returns, you must file the approproiate tax return(s) and pay the taxes due before the IRS will cancel your EIN and close your business acocunt.

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