Does the business name have to be exactly the same on the IRS EIN form as the state DBA form?
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I agree with Ms. Walter and would add that it would be helpful to know if you are trying to obtain an EIN for an entity, such as a LLC, or for yourself as a sole proprietorship with a DBA (without an entity or a single-member LLC that is a disregarded entity). The foregoing information would assist in being able to provide you with more specific guidance.
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The assumed name does not get an EIN - the underlying person or entity does. So, it's either a dba of you, and you use your social security number, or it's a dba of a corporation, limited liability company, or other entity, and you would use the EIN for that entity. But yes, the formal name of the entity (or you) should be the same as what you put down for the EIN.