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News & Tips from an ITIN Acceptance Agent

How can I renew my ITIN number

Have you received a CP48 notice letter from the IRS asking to renew your issued ITIN number?

If yes, you MAY be required to renew.

ITINs only need to be renewed if filing a US tax return (as well as in one or two other rare instances). If you are not filing a US tax return, then you are not required to renew and can keep using the existing number until you do file.

Why do I have to renew if I already file?

As part of the PATH (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes) Act, all ITINs ever issued are being renewed on a staggered basis, based on the middle 2 digits. The IRS cannot determine who files and who does not, so everyone who has a number in this 2 digit range will receive a letter.

On an ongoing basis, if you stop filing for 3 years or more (after renewing), you again will need to renew if a tax return has not been filed in that 3 year period.

What ITIN numbers are being renewed 2019 tax return filings?

ITINs not used on a tax return for 3 consecutive tax return filings up to December 31st 2019 AND ITINs with the middle digits 83, 84, 85, 86 or 87.

ITINs with these middle digits expired at the end of 2019, therefore if you are filing a tax return in 2020 for the 2019 tax year, you will need to renew.

Please note - ITINs with middle digits 70 to 82 have already expired.

How can I renew my ITIN number with Just Breve?

Just Breve assist many people on a regular basis to renew their ITINs. As a certifying acceptance agent, we are able to review your ID documents and sign a W-7 Certificate of Accuracy (W-7COA) to attach to the Form W-7 ITIN application. This allows you to hold on to your ID documents, instead of having to mail them to the USA.

Separately, as part of the process, we have to prepare the full application and cannot just provide the W-7COA. This requirement is part of our license requirement with the ITIN unit.

How long does it take to renew?

Applicants who are based outside the US, can expect the renewal to take 7 to 11 weeks.

N.B. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the IRS and the ITIN unit are working on minimal staff, so this timescale is significantly more. We unfortunately, cannot provide an exact date as it depends on their workload once they reopen.

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