How do you cancel an EIN?

by Janice Sperry 6 replies
Back in the 90's and early 2000's I used to sell jewelery on eBay and elsewhere. I don't run that business anymore and do not need the EIN. Even years later I still get snail mail, telephone calls, etc to buy health insurance, advertising and other things that many businesses need.

I can't seem to figure out how to expire/delete/cancel the EIN. Anybody know how to do that?
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    You can't. An EIN is like a Social Security number: it lasts forever.
    "The Golden Town is the Golden Town no longer. They have sold their pillars for brass and their temples for money, they have made coins out of their golden doors. It is become a dark town full of trouble, there is no ease in its streets, beauty has left it and the old songs are gone." - Lord Dunsany, The Messengers
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      You should at least close out your account with the IRS. Just send a letter to the IRS stating the reason why you are closing the business along with the complete legal name of the entity, the EIN, and mailing address. This will protect you in case some one else tries to use that number, because you are still liable for any income taxes until the IRS is notified. CDarklock is right; that number is permanently attached to you and your business, and never gets reassigned to anyone else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    Thank you both for that information. Very helpful!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      From the horse's mouth -

      Canceling an EIN - Closing Your Account

      Saving one dog may not change the world - but forever changes the world of one dog.
      I wish offended people would react like fainting goats and quietly tip over.

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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    This is such a useful information! I really should be careful with these stuff.
    I offer CPA coaching and investment opportunities for those SERIOUSLY interested in making money directly or indirectly with affiliate marketing. PM me for details.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I doubt a U.S. tax id number is important in Bangkok.

      Saving one dog may not change the world - but forever changes the world of one dog.
      I wish offended people would react like fainting goats and quietly tip over.

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