SBA, two states begin employer ID program

The Small Business Administration late last month announced the launch of the second piece of its Business Compliance One-Stop project.

Businesses in Georgia and Illinois now can apply for a provisional IRS employer identification number through an online application that SBA built with help from EzGov Inc. of Atlanta.

The tool integrates each states' ID application process with that of the federal government, said Jeff Cummings, vice president of federal sales for EzGov.

'Through Web services, the system passes the data from the state's Web site to the SBA. It applies the business rules to the information and returns a provisional EIN or asks additional questions,' Cummings said. 'This lets the state take advantage of a federal service without handing a customer over to the great unknown. It provides a platform for consistent processing.' Users must register a name and password.

SBA has estimated the online application will save businesses more than $200 million a year.

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