How to Set Up a Tax ID Number for a Trust Account

By Jane Meggitt
You, the Internal Revenue Service, a trust's tax identification number

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Setting up a tax identification number -- also known as an employer identification number -- for a trust is a relatively simple procedure. Not all trusts require a tax identification number. If you're setting up a revocable living trust, even if it's a joint trust with your spouse, you can use your Social Security numbers instead of applying for a new tax identification number.

Trusts Requiring Tax Identification Numbers

You'll need to set up a new tax identification number for an irrevocable trust, testamentary trust, life insurance trust and a special needs trust you set up for another's benefit, which does not revert back to you if the individual dies.

Tax Identification Number

You can set up the tax identification number online with the Internal Revenue Service by visiting Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Eastern Time. You must finish the application within 15 minutes or the site will time out and you must start again. Once completed, you receive your EIN number at the end of the session. If you do not want to send personal information regarding a trust over the Internet, you can download Form SS-4 at the site, complete it and mail it to the IRS.

About the Author

Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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