EIN for LLC from IRS website, Get error 101

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I have tried multiple times to get EIN for my LLC using the IRS online system. Each time,

after providing all the details, I get this message:

EIN Assistant

We are unable to provide you with an EIN.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but based on the information provided we are unable to provide you with an EIN through this online assistant.

Please call 1-800-XXX-XXXX for assistance. When outside the US, call 267-XXX-XXXX. TTY/TDD:



Please have your information readily available, and mention reference number 101.

I have called the number numerous times (even as I write this). I get put on hold for at least 30 minutes. Then it appears someone picked up the call. And then disconnects. 

Rinse and repeat.

Does anyone know how to get around this quagmire ? I need the EIN to open bank account for the LLC.

Thanks in advance !

I had the same issue when trying to get an LLC registered that happened to be "owned" by another LLC. In my research, it seemed that if you registered the EIN for the parent LLC online, you couldn't register 'child' LLCs online as well.

I ended up sending in the form by mail and waiting 45-60 days (by my recollection).

ERROR 101 is a website server error.  It suggests a Protocol Change (yeah right!)

Make sure you access the site to start with with the HTTPS://

I've see it issued if the name is too short.

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