Can I apply for a Tax ID
I am a Cook Cty Resident (of Illinois), starting an internet webstore to sell purses. However I need a tax id to purchase purses from wholesale vendors. I do not have one and have inquired and the IRS website says to use my social security. However I do not want to use my social security number for security reasons. I would rather have a tax id number. Can I apply for a tax id (EIN number) and if so do I need to apply for the Federal OR State Tax ID or both? I am a sole proprieter with no employees, however my business could be set up as a partnership with my husband if needed.
I really appreciate your advice on this.