When most Minnesota businesses realize they have to apply for a Minnesota tax ID, they gear themselves up for completing huge amounts of government paperwork. In fact, it is actually quite easy. Particularly as there are two ways that you can do it.
The government way — The Minnesota tax department has set up an application form on their website. That means applying for a Minnesota tax ID is quite easy. Especially if you are familiar with government forms, and do not feel overwhelmed by some of the more complicated language they choose to use.
If you choose to go in this direction, expect it to take you between 10-15 minutes to complete the form and submit it. There is no cost. Once it is submitted, the tax department will then process your tax ID application, and your new tax number will be sent to you within a week.
The private company way — If you prefer to do it the easier way, there is a small cost but it can be worth it for those that are easily confused by government websites.
The second way is by using the help of a private company. These companies have set up online sites that can walk you through the Minnesota tax ID application process step-by-step. Each application takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and a small fee is then charged. From then on, the process is the same.
The company submits your ID application to the Minnesota tax department, and it is processed. It is then sent to you in just the same manner it would have been if you had also applied through the government’s own website. You will also usually receive a follow up email from the company you used, just to make sure you have received the tax ID you need.