Do you need an ITIN number? If you have been asked to complete Form W-7 Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or think you may need an ITIN, Just Breve is here to assist and answer your questions.
What is an ITIN?
An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or ITIN is a tax number issued by the IRS primarily for filing a US tax return or is issued in limited exceptions to not filing a tax return. Please note, if you have ever had a Social Security Number (SSN), this is valid for life and you will not be able to apply for an ITIN (you cannot have both).
How do I apply for an ITIN with the Internal Revenue Service?
Using Form W-7 you will be able to apply for the number. However ALL applications require either a US tax return (Federal Form 1040 or 1040NR) attached or fixed supporting documents as determined by the IRS. If these are not attached, the ITIN will reject.
All applications also require a certified copy of your identity documents or the ORIGINALS submitted with the application. This is where Just Breve can assist. As a certified acceptance agent for ITIN applications, we will complete the whole application for you including the certification of your passport or other identity documents. We are IRS approved agents for the purposes of an ITIN application.
What sort of timeline will my application be processed in?
ITINs are normally processed in 7 to 11 weeks. However, due to Covid-19 you are looking at 3 months minimum. The IRS has ongoing processing delays across all units.
Once I receive my ITIN - is it valid forever?
The rules changed in 2015 - ITINs expire if not used for 3 years on a US tax return. They are however still valid for reporting purposes.
The primary purpose of an ITIN is tax filing.
Need more details, then read our prior blog posts:
Passport notarisations for an ITIN application
Certified Acceptance Agent Process
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