What do reference numbers 109, 110, 111, 112, and 113 mean when applying for an EIN online?

Reference numbers 109, 110, 111, 112, and 113 (sometimes referred to as error codes) mean that the IRS’s online application tool is experiencing technical difficulties.

What To Do

  1. Try submitting your application again later. The EIN website is open every business day from 7AM to 10PM ET.
  2. If the IRS still says they can’t provide an EIN online, you can either keep repeating the step above to see if the issue goes away, or you can apply by fax instead.
Need to apply via fax?

You can use Clerky to do it completely online. Just answer a few simple questions, sign the application electronically, and we'll fax it for you. We'll notify you as soon as we get the EIN from the IRS.

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