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ITIN

 

Overview

An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. IRS issues ITINs to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

What is an ITIN used for?

ITINs are for federal tax reporting only, and are not intended to serve any other purpose. IRS issues ITINs to help individuals comply with the U.S. tax laws, and to provide a means to efficiently process and account for tax returns and payments for those not eligible for Social Security Numbers (SSN’s).

An ITIN does not:

  • Authorize work in the U.S.

  • Provide eligibility for Social Security benefits

  • Qualify a dependent for Earned Income Tax Credit Purposes

    Who needs an ITIN?

    IRS issues ITINs to foreign nationals and others who have federal tax reporting or filing requirements and do not qualify for SSNs. A non-resident alien individual not eligible for a SSN who is required to file a U.S. tax return only to claim a refund of tax under the provisions of a U.S. tax treaty needs an ITIN.

    Other examples of individuals who need ITINs include:

  • A nonresident alien required to file a U.S. tax return

  • A U.S. resident alien (based on days present in the United States) filing a U.S. tax return

  • A dependent or spouse of a U.S. citizen/resident alien

  • A dependent or spouse of a nonresident alien visa holder

     

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