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Chapter 6. Launching Your Online Store > A Tax ID and Resale Certificate

A Tax ID and Resale Certificate

Every business and store has to obtain at least one if not two key tax numbers. Your accountant and lawyer should be able to help you with this.

Tax ID Number

The federal Tax Identification Number is what identifies you to the government for all tax-related purposes. It may also be called an Employer Identification Number or EIN. If you are a one-person operation running on a very small scale, you can just claim income on your social security number, but we don't recommend that at all. To get a Tax ID number, just download form SS4 (Figure 6.1) from the FedWorld site at www.fedworld.gov or ask your accountant or lawyer for it, fill it out, and call the IRS number to apply. The number is constantly busy but if you keep calling during the day, it shouldn't take you more than an hour or so to get through. The operators there will step you though any questions you may have and at the end you'll be given the number. Send in the completed form when you're done.


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