Wednesday, December 30, 2009
...about that EIN...
that "Employer Identification Number" that my bank was so intent on my having to open a business bank account?
DON'T DO IT unless you're actually an EMPLOYER-
EMPLOYING SOMEONE ELSE.
Welcome to stupid-ass rookie mistake number 873409234o7823476234234 in this process.
NOW i have an EIN which makes the government think that I am employing OTHER people.
Apparently ALL i needed was the DBA (doing business as) that I got from The Supreme Court.
Come tax time, if i don't get rid of this EIN immediately....
the government will think that I have a business that I'm hiding from them if i don't fill out the right forms.
Which i can't do-
because i don't actually employ other people.
this ALWAYS happens when i'm trying to the do the RIGHT THING.
thanks to the wonderful help of Julie Thaxter-Gourlay who approached me on Facebook when she saw my status about an EIN and went "hmmmmmm, that doesn't sound right...."
With her help-
I am going to get the address of wherever I need to send whatever i need to to the government, so i don't get totally hosed.
Normally I wouldn't be so paranoid-
but i JUST got hosed by Unemployment last year where a movie company (who's now conveniently defunct) submitted the wrong dates of when I worked...
ending up in it looking like (to the government) that i claimed unemployment on days that I was actually working.
And there literally was no film company to go back to to tell them they had written down the wrong days for when I was on set--
So i had to pay thousands in 'fees'-
for something that wasn't even my fault.
I know it sounds insane...
and why would i do that?
Because a lawyer friend recommended to me that it would actually be easier and cheaper to just pay it as if i was guilty. Apparently the nightmare of trying to hunt down anyone from this movie company- and then even explain it to the system that is Unemployment? Is worse than paying thousands of dollars.
Gotta love it.
admittedly since then-
i am really nervous about dealing with the government because I can see how someone ELSE'S mistake can still cost you thousands of dollars.....
and this time the mistake is TOTALLY mine.
How much is that gonna cost.
DO NOT GET AN EID UNLESS YOU ACTUALLY EMPLOY OTHER PEOPLE!!!!
and Happy New Year!