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How To Obtain An ITIN Number

How to obtain an ITIN can be daunting when reading the 12 page Instructions for Form W7.

The process involves identifying why the ITIN is needed (e.g. to file a US tax return or to meet one of the 5 exceptions to filing).

As part of the application process, a certified copy of the applicants passport is required to prove foreign status and identity. A passport is the only stand alone document which proves this.

If a certified copy is not available, then the original has to be sent with the application. This obviously can be daunting in itself as the IRS will check and review the passport but not send it back until at least 60 days have passed. Items being sent in the mail are also subject to being lost or intercepted.

A Certified Acceptance Agent (CAA) can assist with the certification for all new and renewal ITIN applications. All CAAs will provide a certificate of accuracy once the passport has been reviewed (in hand).

As part of the application, ensuring the Form W-7 is completed accurately is also part of the CAAs job. Many people who have applied themselves, have ITINs rejected as they haven't read thoroughly enough the instructions or missed entering information on a particular section. This obviously causes delays in receipt of the number, especially when the number can take 6 weeks+ to obtain not including delays in receipt from international posting (3 weeks to arrive from the US to an international destination).

Finding a good CAA who can assist in an efficient manner is important so delays are minimized. Good CAAs will be well versed in the application process including additional documentation that is required when a tax return is not being filed. This includes providing sample wording where necessary so the documentation is fit for purpose.

Do I need an ITIN?

Please refer to our blog post "ITIN Number Application" for further information.

A Certified Acceptance Agent (CAA) can assist you in obtaining the correct TIN.

Just Breve are part of the ITIN Acceptance Agent Program. As a Certifying Acceptance Agent (CAA), we are authorised by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to assist alien individuals and other foreign persons with obtaining ITINs from the IRS by validating the person’s foreign status and identity.

We VISIT YOU - we know travelling into London takes time, let us make it easier. We visit you at home, work or a mutually convenient location. Paperwork ready in hand for you to sign, verify your passport and ask any further questions you may have. We also courier all items to the ITIN Office for you.

Just in London for the day or a few hours? Business trip to London? We've met clients near Heathrow and at their hotels to make obtaining an ITIN number easy and stress free.

CAAs are available in many countries but not always local to the client. We're based near Heathrow and can meet anywhere in London, the surrounding areas, all of the United Kingdom and anywhere in the world if it suits you.

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