My LLC was formed as of yesterday. I am now in the process of applying for an EIN through the IRS. The application asks for my business start date. I am an online business, and have not technically "opened my doors" for business yet and am not sure when exactly that will take place as my website is not quite ready to launch yet.
With that said, what should I put for my business start date? Should I use my LLC formation date as the start date? Should I just wait until I actually open my doors for business to get my EIN? Not exactly sure how this all works, any information is appreciated.
what should I put for my business start date?In terms of filing for your EIN, the business start date is the day you formed your business (i.e. the day you registered your business with the state). It's not when your website goes live, or when you make your first sale. You can make an educated guess as to when those things will happen, but you can't say with 100% certainty when they will.
Should I just wait until I actually open my doors for business to get my EIN?No. Get your EIN now. You'll need your EIN now to get certain things going for your business.
This fairly detailed document created by the IRS may be of help to you: Understanding Your EIN
No need to get an EIN if you don't want to, unless you're planning on hiring employees or registering your business as something other than a sole proprietor or single member LLC. Then, you just file Schedule C under your own SSN.
The easiest thing to do is simply use yesterday's date, the date you formed the LLC.