Corporations use a Dun & Bradstreet Number for credit reporting, and EIN is issued for tax identification by the IRS.
Many people tend to confuse EIN with a Dun & Bradstreet Number as they both contain nine digits that can help in business identification. One difference between these two is that the D-U-N-S Number is associated with a corporation’s Live Business Identity derived through the Dun & Bradstreet Data Cloud, while EIN isn’t.
A corporation is not given a D-U-N-S Number while applying for an EIN as EIN is issued for tax purposes by the IRS. Dun & Bradstreet can issue a D-U-N-S Number when a business is formed.