You may have spent hours coming up with the perfect name for your business. Your business name must encapsulate what you do while catching the attention of potential customers. As you continue to get your company up and running, you may be wondering if you can use your exact business title on official forms. Read below to learn what symbols you can use in your EIN application.

Accepted Characters and Symbols 

The IRS only accepts business names with the following alphanumeric and symbolic characters:

  • Letters A through Z
  • Numbers 0 through 9
  • Hyphens (-) and ampersands (&)

If you have any other symbols in your legal business name, you’ll need to input it differently in your EIN application form.

How to Write a Business Name Differently 

Here are some suggestions for entering your business title into the EIN application if it has any unaccepted symbols:

  • If your business name has a plus symbol (+), period (.), or at symbol (@), simply spell out the symbol or leave it out in exchange for a space.
  • If your business has an apostrophe in its title, simply leave it out. For example, if your business name is John’s Goods, input it as Johns Goods.
  • If your business has a slash in its name, replace it with a hyphen.

Just because your company name has a symbol doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get an EIN. Just choose the best way to spell out the title without using the symbol.

Getting Your EIN 

Once you decide on an alternate business name to use, you can apply for your EIN online at Once you receive your EIN, you can verify your EIN number and perform an IRS EIN lookup at any time.

Applying for an EIN is a simple task with IRS EIN Tax ID Filing Service, even if you have symbols in your business name. If you have questions about how to spell your name out while filling out your EIN application, contact their team of EIN experts here.