The simple answer is no. When ownership of a business changes hands, the new owner must apply for a different business EIN number or tax ID number. Any dramatic changes to ownership, organizational structure or business status – such as converting a sole proprietorship to a partnership – require a new EIN application.
When a New EIN Is Required for Your Business
If you sell your business, the new owner will need a unique EIN number. The same thing applies to changing a sole proprietorship to a partnership, corporation or LLC. The IRS lists several additional situations where companies would need a new EIN: