The IRS requires political committees to obtain a tax ID number, formally referred to as an employer identification number (EIN). Your committee will need this number to open a bank account. The preferred and quickest way to obtain your committee's EIN is via the IRS's website. Visit https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/apply-for-an-employer-identification-number-ein-online to begin the online EIN application process. Please note: An EIN is not the same as your FEC committee ID number and should not be listed on any FEC filings. The FEC does not issue EINs, nor may FEC staff answer questions about the rules that pertain to them or other tax law requirements. Visit https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/employer-identification-numbers-for-tax-exempt-organizations for information about EINs and https://www.irs.gov/polorgs for information about general IRS requirements for political organizations.