Now that the solo 401(k) plan documents have been drafted and provided for your signature, the next step is to obtain the employer identification number (EIN) for the solo 401(k) retirement trust.
Obtaining the EIN for the solo 401(k) plan is covered in our setup fee; however, we will need your social security number in order to obtain the EIN. Therefore, if you prefer to obtain the EIN yourself, you can do so in a matter of minutes via the IRS website.
CLICK HERE to go directly to the IRS EIN page.
We have also provided the following steps once you click above that will need to be followed carefully when obtaining the EIN for the solo 401(k).
Click on “apply online now.”
Click on “Begin Application.”
- Check off “View Additional Types…” and click on “continue.”
- Check off “Employer Plan (401K, Money Purchase Plan, etc.),” and click on “continue.”
Click on “continue.”
Check off “Individual” since you are the trustee of the solo 401(k) plan, and click on “continue.”
Enter you name, social security number, and check off “I am the owner, trustee…,” and click on “continue.”
Enter your home or business address, phone number and click on “continue.”
Click on “accept database version.”
For “Legal Name of Employer Plan” enter the name of the solo 401(k) plan as listed on page 1 of the Adoption Agreement.
For “Trade Name/Doing Business as” leave this blank
For “County where Employer Plan is located” – if not already populated enter your state county
For “State/Territory where Employer Plan is Located” – enter your state
For “Employer Plan Start Date” enter January and the current year
For “Is this Plan Liable for non-payroll income tax withholding?” — enter NO
Check off “Receive letter online,” and click “continue.”
Review and then click on “submit.”
Write down your EIN, print and save a copy for your records and then click on “continue.”
You are done! Please make sure to save a copy of the EIN for your records and provide a copy for our records.
- When we assist you in opening the solo 401(k) bank or brokerage account, the bank or the brokerage firm will ask for the EIN as they will need it for reporting purposes.
- Since a Solo 401(k) is a qualified retirement plan, it has to be sponsored by a business entity. The EIN is for the solo 401(k), not for your self-employed business.
- For more on the IRS view on the importance of using the solo 401(k) EIN for reporting purposes, please CLICK HERE.