ITIN – Individual Tax Identification Number F.A.Qs

Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)-F.A.Q

ITIN Information For All Applicants

What is an ITIN?

It is a number for you to use on federal tax documents. It’s a 9-digit number similar to social security number but an issue for foreigners who are not US Citizens or residents in the USA. In order to apply for an ITIN number, you need to complete Form W7

Who needs an ITIN?

A non-citizen who has to file a federal tax return or a tax reporting document and does not qualify for an SSN needs an ITIN.

Are you allowed to use an ITIN for identification?

No. It is only for tax purposes filing 1040NR tax returns, tax treaty claims, and completion of Form W8BEN. It is not for non-tax purposes.

What’s the difference between an ITIN and an SSN?

You can use an ITIN like an SSN on federal tax documents, but it doesn’t share other properties of an SSN. 

Receiving an ITIN, therefore, doesn’t entitle :

  1. a) doesn’t you collect Social Security benefits, 
  2. b) doesn’t entitle you to EIC, 
  3. c) doesn’t alter your immigration status you need to have a valid US visa or sponsor for your employees to work in the USA.

For more detailed differences between SSN VS ITIN please refer to this blog

Are you allowed to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when I file my tax return?

No, individuals filing a tax return with an ITIN can’t claim the EITC.

What happens to your ITIN number, if you decide to become a U.S. citizen?

You can get an SSN when you become a U.S. citizen.

What steps should I take if I get an SSN eventually?

You must stop using your ITIN on IRS tax-related paperwork and correspondence. However, IRS will give you credit for taxes withheld under your old ITIN which can be claimed on your 1040 or 1040NR tax returns.

For more details on the ITIN and why you need to check this blog.

If you have asked to provide ITIN or to complete Form W8BEN or W-8BEN E or require assistance with ITIN application process for completion of the application, documents check, certification proving identity, foreign status the original passport via IRS Acceptance Agent

For more details on the step-by-step ITIN application work process by acceptance agents please check this blog.