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.

Moratorium for Acceptance Agents Applications

Beginning August 15, 2022, the IRS will impose a moratorium on the Acceptance Agent Program to last until Summer 2023. While in place, Form 13551, Application to Participate in the IRS Acceptance Agent ProgramPDF, will not be accepted.

New applications and all required documentation must be received prior to the August 15 moratorium start date. Applications received after that date will be returned.

Refer to the Acceptance Agent Program Changes and Publication 4393 (EN-SP), Become an IRS ITIN Acceptance AgentPDF for more information. 

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