Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is the essential factor if you want to start a business in the United States and do not have a Social Security Administration Number (SSN), regardless of whether you are a foreigner or a resident of the USA.

What is ITIN Application?

ITIN is a federal tax identification number and a tax processing number that the IRS issues. To submit a federal tax return and you, as a foreigner, cannot meet the requirements to obtain an SSN, you must have an ITIN. You must obtain this nine-digit number only through the IRS regardless of immigration status since residents and foreigners have the tax obligation to file returns and tax payments. Here we will share the step-by-step ITIN application and the tax benefits.

How to Apply for ITIN Number: 4 STEPS

Before filling out your application, you must have at least one of the ITIN requirements, which are;

  • Identification card
  • Driver’s license from the US or your country of origin,
  • Passport
  • An official birth certificate for children under 18,
  • ID card of a US State,
  • Visa
  • American or Foreign Military card.

Step 1: Fill out the Form W7

To obtain an ITIN, you must file Form W-7 (Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number). If you want to have a digital copy, you can download it from the link below.

If you want to send your Form W-7 by yourself, you must send your original ITIN requirement ID documents. On most occasions, one original ITIN requirement document is enough. You must know that the ITIN application takes a long time, approximately 16 weeks. That means you can not get your original documents whenever you want.

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Step 2: Include your Federal Income Tax Return

You must have an ITIN to file a tax return as an immigrant in the U.S. You have the chance to both files your tax return and get your ITIN number simultaneously. You must only file Form W-7 and attach your tax return with your application.

If you have an exemption and do not need to file a tax return, you must send your ITIN application form and the required documents that prove you meet that exception’s requirements.

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Step 3: Check your identity

To complete your ITIN application, you must include original documents and provide your identity as a foreigner to the IRS. This is crucial because some people provide false data to obtain the ITIN. You must comply with all requirements to qualify to get an ITIN.

Step 4: Submit your ITIN application

You can send your original documents by regular mail or hand them in person to the IRS. You only can send your Form W-7 and your proof of your identity to this address;

Internal Revenue Service

Austin Service Center

ITIN Operation

P.O. Box 149342

Austin,TX 78714-9342

P.S. You must not send Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040EZ to this address.

The ITIN is approximately completed in fifteen weeks. Sometimes it can last longer; in this case, you can call the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-1040 to ask about your ITIN application status.