Washington (Dec. 9, 2003) -- The Internal Revenue Service says it has issued more than 498,081 Employer Identification Numbers through its online application since it became available in April.

By the end of November 2003, the IRS was receiving 37.5 percent of all EIN applications through the Internet. The online application mimics the paper Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. The IRS noted that applications faxed or mailed are often incomplete or contain errors and frequently require additional contact with the applicant by an IRS employee.

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