It's official, at least in the eyes of the Federal Government!
Shire Station, LLC is born as an official business entity and has received its Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN). For those not familiar with the business start-up process, this is step one of many. Our business type (LLC formulated in the state of California) is now registered with the Feds and the number will be used for tax purposes. Because we have to pay federal excise tax of $7 per barrel of beer produced, our EIN will be used to let them know who we are. The tax man cometh!
We have also requested our State EIN but that process is a bit more lengthy. We should see that in the mail in a week or two. Once we are armed and recognized by both the Feds and the State, we can then start the long regulatory road to opening. It's too early to predict the exact month yet, but we are hoping for this year.
The process was actually very easy and took about 10 minutes. The form can be completed online at https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp. They allow you to select an option at the end of the form to deliver the EIN approval via electronic link. It's probably the easiest time I've ever had with any governmental process. Cheers!