How to Become an Acceptance Agent for IRS ITIN Numbers


An Acceptance Agent is a person or an entity (business or organization) who, pursuant to a written agreement with the IRS, is authorized to assist individuals and other foreign persons who do not qualify for a Social Security Number but who still need a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) to process a Form 1040 and other tax schedules. The Acceptance Agent facilitates the application process by reviewing the necessary documents and forwarding completed Forms W-7 to IRS.

Open Season Timeframe for Acceptance Agents Applications

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now accepting Acceptance Agent Applications year-round. Therefore, Form 13551, Application to Participate in the IRS Acceptance Agent ProgramPDF, may be submitted at any time during the year for new applicants. Renewing applicants are encouraged to submit their applications at least 6 months prior to the end of their existing Acceptance Agent Agreement. Amended applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year.

The IRS has updated procedures that affect the Acceptance Agent (AA) and Certifying Acceptance Agent (CAA) programs. Refer to the Acceptance Agent Program Changes and Publication 4393 (EN-SP), Become an IRS ITIN Acceptance AgentPDF for more details. 

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