Open a Business Bank Account

What is a FEIN?

To make managing your business’ finances easier it’s a smart idea to set up a business bank account. This will help you keep your personal and professional finances separate, making reporting and organization easier in the long run. Depending on your business structure you will need a Federal Employer Identification Number to create a corporate account.

Think of your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)* as your business’ social security number. This is an ID number assigned by the IRS to all businesses operating in the United States when you file your business tax returns and other official documents.

You Need a FEIN if You

Have Employees

Are a Corporation or Partnership

File Certain Taxes

Withhold Income Taxes

Have a Keogh Plan

How to Apply for a FEIN

You can apply for a FEIN through the IRS website. This process should take less than 20 minutes and needs to be done in one sitting otherwise the system will kick you out. Once you have a FEIN, you can hire employees, create retirement plans, and start your corporate banking account.

 

To Apply for a FEIN you Need

Business Structure

Reason for FEIN

Your Name and SSN

Business Information

Legal Name

Why You Need a Business Bank Account

While it’s not a requirement to have a corporate account to run your own business, it certainly has its rewards. Primarily, it’s easier to manage your taxes, accounting, and reporting because you won’t need to filter out personal transactions or keep your personal and business finances in the same space.

Creating a corporate account shows you’re a credible business and it can be more convenient for your customers. Personal accounts aren’t set up to receive credit or debit card payments, which is a must as 81% of people prefer to pay with card. Businesses that don’t provide the option to pay with credit/debit are likely losing out on money too – people are willing to pay up to 83% more when paying with a card over cash.

 

In addition to simplification and improved customer experience, opening a business account can position your business for financial growth. By starting your account early, you can build your credit history from day one. Then, when it comes time to expand, you’ll have a better chance applying for business loans.

The bottom line is your bottom line will be better off if you open a corporate banking account.

Like with personal banking accounts, you need to research which bank to use for your business purposes. You should take fees, sign-on offers, interest rates and more into consideration.

*FEIN can also be written as EIN

To Get a Corporate Account you Need

FEIN or SSN

Personal Identification

Doing Business As

Business License

Legal Name

Contact Us

Banking can be complicated. If you’re struggling to sort through the pros and cons of opening a corporate bank account or the process of obtaining a FEIN, reach out to our professionals for guidance or subscribe to our monthly newsletter to continue to receive tips and insights.

Rosa Lee Timm
Rosa Lee Timm
Division President & CMO
Dallas McCarthy
Venture Fund Associate
Ben Daniel
Director of Financial Planning & Analysis

 

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