What is an ITIN?
What is an ITIN used for?
An ITIN does not:
- Authorize work in the U.S.
- Provide eligibility for Social Security benefits
- Qualify a dependent for Earned Income Tax Credit Purposes
Do I need an ITIN?
- You do not have an SSN and are not eligible to obtain one, and
- You have a requirement to furnish a federal tax identification number or file a federal tax return, and
- You are in one of the following categories:
- Nonresident alien who is required to file a U.S. tax return
- U.S. resident alien who is (based on days present in the United States) filing a U.S. tax return
- Dependent or spouse of a U.S. citizen/resident alien
- Dependent or spouse of a nonresident alien visa holder
- Nonresident alien claiming a tax treaty benefit
- Nonresident alien student, professor or researcher filing a U.S. tax return or claiming an exception
Applying for an ITIN
Why choose a Certified Acceptance Agent? A Certified Acceptance Agent:
- Is a person or an entity (business or organization) authorized to assist individuals and other foreign persons that need a TIN and has a written agreement with the IRS for this purpose.
- Facilitates the application process by reviewing the necessary documents, authenticating the identity of the applicants and forwarding the completed forms to IRS.
- Returns the documentation immediately to the individual after reviewing its authenticity. Meaning, the CAA will save an Individual from mailing original documents to the IRS.
- May receive applications for an ITIN from Individuals residing outside of the U.S.
- May review and verify original documentation or a certified copy from the issuing agency through face-to-face or video electronic interview (SKYPE).
- May authenticate passports and birth certificates for dependents.
- A CAA submits Form W-7 together with Form W-7(COA) Certificate of Accuracy for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (this form is only used by IRS Certified Acceptance Agents when submitting Form W-7)