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OUTDATED INFORMATION -- IRS Makes Changes To Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Application

The information in this release has been updated by News Release IR-2003-140, issued Dec. 17, 2003.

IR-2002-139, Dec. 17, 2002

WASHINGTON – Resident and non-resident aliens applying for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number must soon use a newly revised Form W-7.

The new application forms will request additional information. The applications are now available in both English and Spanish. The English language version Form W-7 and the Spanish language version, Form W-7 (SP) is also available at IRS offices.     

Along with their application, applicants must also submit documents proving their alien status and their identity. Individuals can submit their application at an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC), mail the documentation to the Internal Revenue Service, Philadelphia Service Center, ITIN Unit, P. O. Box 447, Bensalem, PA 19020, or process the application through an IRS authorized acceptance agent. 

The IRS issues the nine-digit numbers to individuals who must have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who aren’t eligible for a Social Security number. ITINs are for tax purposes only and don’t affect immigration status, authorize work in the U.S. or provide eligibility for Social Security benefits or the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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