Company bank account
Illinois Tax number
Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security Number
Perhaps because the IRS wants to collect taxes first and foremost, I've been able to short-circuit some of the process. A phone call to this government agency revealed that perhaps I did not need Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security Number to get an FEIN. "We'll just mark that field as foreigner," they said. It's a shame you can't do that in the online application. By the end of the call I had a FEIN.
A similar story unfolded with the Illinois Department of Revenue, "If you come by one of our offices, we can sort this out". At their W Randolph St office in central Chicago, an office that looked more like a mall than anything else, their looked through the paperwork. "This is the simplest kind of business possible," said the man behind the desk. "Don't tell the competitors," I replied. Given that I don't sell goods, I don't have to pay sales tax - so it transpires I don't need an Illinois Tax number.
Yesterday, the bank swiftly went through the documents I had accumulated and opened the bank account.
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