What is ITIN Number | Individual Taxpayer Identification Number?

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An ITIN (individual taxpayer identification number) is a 9-digit number issued by the IRS to you, the taxpayer, who does not have or is not eligible for Social Security Number.

How to recognize an ITIN?

  • ITIN is a 9-digit number that begins with the number 9
  • Has a range of 70 – 88, 90 – 92, and 99 – 94 in the fourth and fifth digits

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When should I use an ITIN?

Individual Taxpayer Identification Number is used to report your federal tax return. It should not be used for any other purpose. The ITIN does not authorize you to work in the United States or provide you eligibility for Social Security benefits.

An ITIN’s  purpose is to help you comply with U.S. tax laws regardless of your immigration status.

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How do I apply for an ITIN?

In order for you to apply for an ITIN, you must complete form W-7 which is the application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. This form is attached and mailed along with your federal tax return to the IRS. Once received, it usually takes the IRS 6 to 8 weeks to complete the qualification process and issue your ITIN.

Does an ITIN expire?

Yes it does expire.

In 2016, the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number started to expire regardless if it was used within the last three years. ITINs expire based on the middle digits of the ITIN.

As of January 1, 2017, ITINs with the middle digits 78 – 79 will expire and must be renewed in order to be used for a federal return during the current tax year and beyond. If your ITIN is expiring, you will be mailed a notification from the IRS.

If you fail to renew your expiring ITIN before filing a tax return, this could result in a delayed refund.

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