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HI, I’M YADIRA… AND I WORK FOR THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.  

WE WANT YOU TO KNOW WE’VE MADE IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER PROGRAM… OR ITIN FOR SHORT.

FIRST... ITINS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN USED ON A U-S FEDERAL TAX RETURN AT LEAST ONCE IN THE LAST THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS… WHETHER FOR THE PRIMARY OR SECONDARY FILER… OR AS A DEPENDENT… WILL EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31ST OF THE THIRD YEAR.

IF YOU HAVEN’T FILED A TAX RETURN IN THE LAST THREE YEARS AND THINK YOU’LL HAVE A FILING REQUIREMENT IN 2017…

YOU SHOULD SUBMIT A W-7 ITIN RENEWAL APPLICATION.

BE SURE TO USE THE LATEST W-7 FORM AND NOT AN OLDER VERSION.  

THE CURRENT W-7 SHOWS A REVISION DATE OF SEPTEMBER 2016.

REMEMBER… YOU ONLY NEED TO RENEW YOUR ITIN IF YOU HAVE TO FILE A RETURN.      

ADDITIONALLY… THE LAW REQUIRES ALL ITINS ISSUED BEFORE 2013 TO ALSO EXPIRE WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE BEEN USED ON A TAX RETURN.

THOSE ITINS THAT HAVE THE MIDDLE DIGITS “78” OR “79” WILL NEED TO BE RENEWED AT THE END OF 2016.

THE REMAINING ITINS WILL BE RENEWED OVER SEVERAL YEARS BEGINNING IN 2017.

YOU CAN FIND A FULL LIST OF ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS TO SUPPORT YOUR ITIN APPLICATION BY VISITING IRS-DOT-GOV-SLASH-ITIN…OR BY CHECKING THE FORM W-7 INSTRUCTIONS.

ONLY ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS OR CERTIFIED COPIES OF THESE DOCUMENTS FROM THE ISSUING AGENCY WILL BE ACCEPTED.

NOW… RATHER THAN MAILING THE IRS THESE IMPORTANT ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS… ESPECIALLY YOUR PASSPORT… YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO WORK WITH A CERTIFIED ACCEPTANCE AGENT, OR C-A-A, WHO IS AUTHORIZED BY THE IRS TO HELP YOU APPLY FOR AN ITIN.      

CERTIFIED ACCEPTANCE AGENTS  WILL REVIEW ANY DOCUMENTATION FOR YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE.

THEY CAN ALSO REVIEW  PASSPORTS AND BIRTH CERTIFICATES FOR YOUR DEPENDENTS.

THEY WILL  CERTIFY THAT YOUR ITIN APPLICATION IS CORRECT BEFORE SUBMITTING IT ALONG WITH ALL DOCUMENTS TO THE IRS FOR PROCESSING.

YOU CAN ALSO GET HELP AT DESIGNATED IRS TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE CENTERS.

IF TAXPAYERS FILE A RETURN WITH AN EXPIRED ITIN… THEY WILL EXPERIENCE A DELAY IN PROCESSING.  AND SOME CREDITS… SUCH AS THE CHILD TAX CREDIT AND THE AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT… MAY NOT BE ALLOWED UNLESS THE ITIN IS RENEWED.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CHANGES TO THE ITIN PROGRAM AND WHERE YOU CAN GET HELP… GO TO IRS-DOT-GOV-SLASH-ITIN.

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 17-Jan-2017