The IRS EIN Reference Number 101 error code indicates that the IRS has no record of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) that was entered. This can happen for a number of reasons, including if the EIN was entered incorrectly or if the EIN belongs to a business that no longer exists. If you receive this error code, you should contact the IRS to verify the EIN and make sure that it is entered correctly.
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1. Check the EIN for accuracy and resubmit if necessary
- Go to the IRS website and enter the e-IN number
- Click on the "EIN Check" link
- On the "EIN Check" page, enter the e-IN number and click on the "Check" button
- If the EIN is not correct, enter the correct e-IN number and click on the "Resubmit" button
- If the EIN is correct, click on the "Submit" button
2. Request an EIN from the IRS
- Complete a Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number.
- Include the following information in the application: your name, employer identification number, and EIN.
- Mail the application to the IRS.
- Once the IRS receives your application, they will assign you a tax identification number (TIN).
- Use the TIN to complete Form SS-4 and mail it to the IRS.
- The IRS will issue you an EIN.
If the answers above didn't work then you should also try:
- Use a different EIN
- Use a Social Security Number (SSN) instead