A 147c letter, also known as an EIN letter, is a form sent to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by a company to request their Employee Identification Number (EIN number or tax id number) or by a third party to verify a company’s EIN with their permission.
If you have lost your federal employer identification number, you can contact the IRS to request a copy of the EIN confirmation letter.
The only way to ask the IRS for a 147c verification letter is to call the IRS Business and Specialty Tax Line toll-free at 1-800-829-4933 between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm in your local time zone. Ther’s no option to receive your IRS 147c letter online.
The IRS offers the following options:
Use this option if you speak English or Spanish and can call the IRS on your own.
Use this option if you do not speak English or Spanish.
Use this option if you are not able to speak to the IRS on the phone. Ask someone to represent you as your Power of Attorney (POA) and talk to the IRS on your behalf.
In all three options listed above, the IRS agent will offer to fax the EIN verification 147c letter to you immediately. That is the fastest way to get the 147c confirmation letter. You can ask the IRS to send you the letter in the mail. The letter should arrive at your address in seven business days or so.
Only an owner or a Power of Attorney (POA) can request a copy of the EIN confirmation letter. If you would like a POA to request your EIN Verification Letter (147c form), both you and your POA will need to complete the IRS Form 2848 and have it ready to send to the IRS via fax during the phone call with the IRS.
Form 147c sample