Obtaining an Arizona Tax ID (EIN) Number? Find out how to apply online using our simple Arizona Tax ID Application Guide. Be prepared with identifying information of each all partners, even if you own a Corporation, Trust, Non-Profit, Partnership, Estate or multi-member LLC. This article will serve as professional guidance when applying for your official Tax ID (EIN) Number in Arizona.
Steps to Obtain your Tax ID (EIN) Number in Arizona:
- Prepare Required Information
- Apply for an Arizona Tax ID Online
- Apply for an Arizona Tax ID by Phone, Mail or Fax
- How Do You Apply for a State Tax ID Number?
- What Is an Arizona Privilege Tax Number?
- How Do I Get an Arizona State Tax ID Number?
If you want the application process to be as quick and painless as possible, the best thing you can do for yourself is prepare all the information required to fill out the application in the first place. That way, you won’t slow yourself down by hunting down business details while in the middle of the application.
You’ll need to get details on yourself and all your business’s founding members (i.e., your business partners). Start by jotting down their legal names and addresses, but make sure you also get their social security numbers (SSNs). On top of that, you’ll need to make sure you’ve decided on a legal business name, since filling out your tax ID application will register your business with the government.
You’ll have your choice of several methods to fill out the application, though you’ll be answering the same questions no matter which format you choose. Traditional methods include applying over the phone, or by sending in a paper application via mail or fax, but it’s much faster and more convenient to apply for your tax ID online.
Applying for a tax ID online enables you to fill out the questionnaire in a simple, intuitive digital format. And you can access that digital form with any device that has an internet connection, making it much more convenient than the other methods. Best of all, filling out the application should only take 5 minutes or so, and after that, you’ll be able to receive your tax ID via email in an hour or less. If you’re trying to get your business started quickly, with as few hiccups as possible, nothing beats the online application method.
Even though applying online is superior, there are other options available. You can apply for your tax ID via mail or fax if you venture to fill out a paper application; it’s going to take more time to fill this out and go through the process of mailing or faxing, but the option is available. You can also answer the application questions over the phone if you prefer an interview format. In any case, all of these traditional application methods come with an inherent downside; it takes up to 4 to 6 weeks to receive your tax ID vial mail if you use them.
Most states require their businesses to obtain a state tax ID number, but this number is distinct from your federal tax ID number, which is what most people are referring to when they use the general phrase “tax ID.” You may also hear this federal tax ID number referred to as an employer identification number (EIN).
While your federal tax ID number application will register your business with the federal government, your state tax ID number registers your business with the state government. In Arizona’s case, things work a little bit differently, since they handle sales tax differently, but it serves much of the same purpose.
Applying for a state tax ID number is a similar process to applying for a federal tax ID number. You’ll answer several questions about you and your business, either online or through a traditional application method, then receive your state tax ID. However, even if you’re applying online, it can take 2 to 4 weeks to receive your state tax ID.
As we alluded to in the preceding section, Arizona’s state tax ID number is slightly different than other states’ tax ID numbers. It’s referred to as an Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT), which is handled as a tax on a vendor for running the business in Arizona (rather than being considered a straight sales tax). Despite the nomenclature and formal differences, there are many similarities between a TPT number and a state tax ID number or sales tax ID number.
Most businesses will need to obtain a TPT even if they aren’t going to owe the tax- they must file an exemption if they won’t owe taxes on those products and services. That said, there are some rare types of businesses that won’t need one. You’ll definitely need one if you’re selling products or services that qualify for an Arizona TPT, or if you’re hiring employees in the state of Arizona, and you’ll need a different registration for each of your locations if you have multiple locations. Note that you may need additional licenses and permits, depending on where your business is located (most permits and licenses are offered at the local level) and what type of business you’re running.
If you’re going to run a business in Arizona that sells taxable products and services, or if you’re hiring employees in the state of Arizona, you’ll need an Arizona state tax ID number, formally called an Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) number. To get one, you’ll first need to have your federal tax ID (EIN) in place. Once you have that, you can apply for your TPT number online, or through a traditional method like phone, mail, or fax.
As you might expect, applying online is faster and more convenient. However, even when applying online, you can expect to wait up to 2 to 4 weeks before you receive your state tax ID number.