Determine if a taxpayer identification number is required. Generally, a federal taxpayer identification number is not required. However, in a few specific circumstances, it might be -- for example, if you're incapacitated or the government requires it in order for you to qualify for certain benefits. If you're in doubt about whether you need one, consult a legal professional.
Locate the Employer Identification Number application on the Internal Revenue Service website by clicking the "Businesses" tab at the top of the page. Then select the "Small Business/Self-Employed" tab. Select "Employer ID Numbers," and then select "Apply for an EIN Online." On the next page, select "Apply Online Now" to access the application. The online application is only available Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Eastern time, and Saturday, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Begin by identifying the legal structure as a trust by clicking on the button next to the word "trust." Click on the "Trust (all others)" option when asked to identify the type of trust. Click "Continue" to confirm your selection. Complete the balance of the application by providing the name and address of the trustee, as well as all other information requested, including the date the trust was funded.
Confirm the method by which you wish to receive the taxpayer identification number. The identification number will be sent to the applicant by regular mail or online, depending on the method you choose at the end of the online application. Online numbers are issued in a matter of minutes.