My startup’s name includes a symbol that is not accepted in the IRS’s online EIN application. What should I do?

The IRS’s online EIN application won’t accept certain kinds of characters in a business name. The only characters their online system accepts are:

  • alpha (A-Z)
  • numeric (0-9)
  • hyphen (-)
  • ampersand (&)

If your startup’s name contains a symbol or any other type of character, refer to the following chart that the IRS has provided as guidance:

If your legal name contains: Then:
A symbol or character, such as a “plus” symbol (+), “at” symbol (@), or a period (.) 1) Spell out the symbol or 2) drop the symbol and leave a space. Example: If the legal name of your business is, then input it as Jones Dot Com or Jones Com
Backward () or forward (/) slash Substitute a hyphen (-)
Apostrophe (') Drop the apostrophe and do not leave a space.
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