Question: I am a co-owner in a partnership. The partnership has an EIN. We have now decided to form an LLC but will continue to be taxed as a partnership. Do we need a new EIN for the LLC?
Answer: No, you can keep your existing EIN.
You will not be required to obtain a new EIN if any of the following statements are true.
- You report income tax as a branch or division of a corporation or other entity, and the LLC has no employees or excise tax liability.
- An existing partnership converts to an LLC classified as a partnership.
- The LLC name or location changes.
- An LLC that already has an EIN chooses to be taxed as a corporation or as an S corporation.
- A new LLC with one owner (single member LLC) is formed under state law, does not choose to be taxed as a corporation or S corporation, and has no employees or excise tax liability
Bottom line: If your existing partnership has an EIN and you decide to form an LLC and continue to be taxed as a partnership, you do not need a new EIN.