Press Releases

Conditional FEINs Now Available at Revenue Headquarters

Apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number while registering for state taxes

August 28, 2000

BATON ROUGE - Under an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Revenue has initiated a pilot program whereby it can issue a conditional Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) to taxpayers registering for state taxes at the Baton Rouge Headquarters office.

Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code prescribes that certain taxpayers are required to obtain an FEIN from the IRS. This number is used as an identifying number on returns, statements, or other documents submitted by taxpayers. Normally, taxpayers must apply directly to the IRS in order to be issued a number. Under this pilot program, taxpayers now have the option to apply for an FEIN at the same time they register for state taxes at the Department''s Headquarters building, 330 North Ardenwood Drive, in Baton Rouge.

If the information on the form is complete and the Department determines that the applicant is qualified, we can issue a conditional FEIN to an applicant at the time they register for state taxes," Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges says. "We then forward the application directly to the IRS on behalf of the taxpayer. After processing the application, the IRS formally issues the FEIN to the taxpayer," she says.

Bridges stresses that this pilot program only allows the conditional numbers to be issued to taxpayers visiting the Headquarters office in Baton Rouge. "If the pilot program is as successful as we think it''s going to be, the Department will offer the service next year at all eight of our regional offices around the state." She adds that adding this service lessens the burden on the taxpayer and increases customer satisfaction with both the Department of Revenue and the IRS." Bridges says the taxpayer''s application form must first be processed by the IRS before the conditional FEIN is formally assigned to the taxpayer. She points out that until an applicant receives written notification from the IRS that the FEIN has been formally issued, the conditional FEIN should not be used on any federal tax document.