The type of organization you have is not going to differentiate how you apply for a Tax ID (EIN) Number in Oklahoma. What will matter, though, is whether you fill out the proper forms, do it in the correct order, and provide the right information. The Oklahoma Tax ID Application Manual was created to assist in the online application process for any Limited Liability Company or other type of business to obtain a Tax ID (EIN) Number in Oklahoma. It provides advice that is written by professionals, with new organizations top of mind.
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Steps to Obtain your Tax ID (EIN) Number in Oklahoma:
- Prepare Required Information
- Apply for a Oklahoma Tax ID Online
- Apply for a Oklahoma Tax ID by Phone, Mail or Fax
- How Do You Get a Sales Tax ID Number?
- What Is an Oklahoma State Tax ID Number?
- How Do I Get an Oklahoma State Tax ID Number?
The faster you complete the application process for your tax ID, the faster you’ll be able to start your business- and the faster you’ll be able to start generating revenue. While there are some stages of the process you can’t control, you can increase your application speed by preparing all the information you’ll need for the application in advance.
Start by gathering the full legal names and legal addresses of all your founding members (including you). You’ll be registering your business with the government in this application process, so these details need to be accurate. You’ll also need to provide the social security numbers of those members. While you’re at it, make sure you’ve finalized the legal name of your business, and have that ready to provide.
The application process is similar across multiple different methods, but there’s one method that’s indisputably better: applying online.
Traditional applications, like applying via phone, mail, or fax, do exist, but applying online is easier and more convenient for the vast majority of people. You can access the application in digital format, and answer the questions at your own pace anywhere you have an internet connection. Assuming you’ve already gathered the important details on your business and founding members, you should be able to complete the online application in mere minutes.
Then, you’ll need to wait for your application to process- and that’s where online applications really shine. When you apply online, you’ll only need to wait an hour or so for your application to finish processing. After that, you’ll receive an email with your tax ID, so you can start using it right away.Apply for an Oklahoma Tax ID Number
If you’re not interested in applying online for some reason, there are a few other methods available to you. If you’re willing to answer questions in an interview format, you can apply over the phone. Or if you’re willing to fill out an application on paper, you can answer the questions manually, by hand, then mail or fax in the form. Generally speaking, it takes much longer to complete the application in one of these mediums, but the bigger problem comes with the processing time- applying via a traditional method comes with a processing time of 4 to 6 weeks, far longer than the one-hour time associated with online applications.
If you’re going to sell taxable goods and services in the state of Oklahoma, you’ll need to register for sales taxes. You may have heard people refer to a “sales tax ID number” that’s required for this, but this phrase actually refers to your Oklahoma state tax ID number.
Applying for an Oklahoma state tax ID number is a way of registering your business with the state of Oklahoma, and it’s necessary if you’re going to legally account for your sales taxes. It’s also important to have if you plan on hiring employees in the state of Oklahoma, or if you’re going to owe excise taxes.
The process for getting an Oklahoma state tax ID number is similar to the one you followed when getting your federal tax ID. You’ll need to answer several questions about your business, including many of the same points of information, and wait for the application to process. Applying online is far faster than any other method, though the processing times for state tax ID numbers are longer; you may be waiting a few days to a few weeks to get it.
Your Oklahoma state tax ID number is a unique ID number provided to your business when you register with the state of Oklahoma. As alluded to in the preceding section, it’s occasionally called a “sales tax ID,” and in rare cases, may be called an Oklahoma state EIN.
Contrast this with your federal tax ID number, also called an employer identification number (EIN). Like the Oklahoma state tax ID, this functions as a unique identifier for your business, but this one is given to you when you register your business with the federal government. You’ll need an EIN if you’re going to hire employees (as the name suggests), or if your business has multiple members, such as if you’re running a partnership, an LLC with multiple members, or a corporation. It’s also important to have for when you’re applying for business bank accounts, business credit, or licenses and permits.
Your state tax ID number is reserved for use with state-level matters, like sales taxes, excise taxes, and hiring employees in the state.
If you need an Oklahoma state tax ID number, the easiest and fastest way to get one is by applying online. When you use this method, you’ll be able to answer questions about your company quickly, and in a medium you can access virtually anywhere. As long as you have the right information about your company on standby (including your federal tax ID), you should be able to finish the application in short order. When complete, you’ll need to wait for the application to process- which could take a few days to a few weeks.
This is still favorable to applying for your Oklahoma state tax ID number in any other method, where the application process is less convenient, and could take additional weeks of time to finish processing.