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How to Check if I Have an ITIN

Jun 14, 2018 by

If you registered for an ITIN (individual taxpayer number) and have used it to file federal income tax within the past five years, the number is still valid. To retrieve your ITIN, you can call the IRS ITIN hotline at 1-800-908-9982. The representative will ask a series of questions to confirm your identity before issuing the number. If you do not have an ITIN, you can apply for one using Form W7.

Applying for or Renewing an ITIN

If you do not use your ITIN for three years, you will have to submit your IRS Form W7 along with the required proof of identity and foreign status. This can be done by mailing your application along with supporting documents or certified copies. You can also apply in person at an IRS Certified Acceptance Agent or Taxpayer Assistance Center.

A valid passport can stand alone as a supporting document. Otherwise, you will need to show one document that supports foreign status and another that proves identity.

Purpose of an ITIN

This identification number is required for those who have federal tax reporting requirements but who are not eligible for a Social Security number. This includes:

  • Resident and nonresident aliens
  • Spouses and dependents of U.S. citizens, nonresident alien visa holders, and resident aliens

The ITIN is used solely to file federal income tax returns and does not indicate eligibility for Social Security benefits or Earned Income Tax Credit. It also does not constitute the right to work in the United States.

If you need assistance with your ITIN application, ITIN W7 Application can help. This site provides an easy to complete online form that can be printed and submitted to the IRS along with your federal income tax return. Once they receive this along with your documents, the ITIN will be assigned. If you get stuck, you can seek help from English- and Spanish-speaking representatives.

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