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ITIN Renewal: What You Need To Know

By Michael Brooks-Jimenez

It was recently reported that certain taxpayers will need to renew their Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Those who either got their ITIN prior to 2013, or have not used their ITIN in the last three years are required to renew.

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Without the proper renewal prior to the upcoming tax season, there might be delays in getting your refunds. Additionally, certain tax credits afforded to those with a current ITIN, such as the Child Tax Credit and the American Opportunity Tax Credit may not be available to someone with an expired ID.

Who should renew their taxpayer number and when should they renew it?

You must renew your taxpayer number if you have not used it on a tax return from the last three years. As of January 1, 2017, your current ID is no longer valid.

Also, you must renew your number if it was acquired prior to 2013. The renewal process began in October of 2016.

How should your taxpayer number be renewed?

Those in need of a renewal must complete a W-7 (IRS Personal Taxpayer Identification Number Application) form. The most recent version of the W-7 (Rev. 9-2016), which was published in September of 2016, must be used.

You must then mail the form, along with either original identification documents or certified copies to the IRS address listed on the form. You may also turn in the documents to an IRS certified tax agency or make an appointment with an IRS taxpayer help center.

Who needs a taxpayer number?

  • Anyone who does not qualify for or has not yet been given a Social Security number
  • Nonresident and resident aliens with an obligation to file taxes
  • Spouses and/or dependents of a US Citizens
  • Spouses and/or dependents of alien residents or nonresidents who are in possession of a visa

If you have any questions or concerns about your ITIN, schedule a consultation with the law offices of Michael-Brooks Jimenez.

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