- Determine Eligibility: Determine if you are eligible to receive an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). ITINs are assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 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).
- Gather Required Documents: Collect the necessary documents for your ITIN application. You will need a valid passport, original or certified copy of your birth certificate, and tax return (W-7 Form) for the tax year in which you are applying.
- Complete the W-7 Form: Complete the W-7 form, which is the application for an ITIN. Be sure to fill out the form completely and accurately, and attach all required supporting documents.
- Submit the Application: Submit your completed W-7 form, along with your tax return, to the IRS. You can mail the forms to the address listed on the W-7 form or visit an IRS-authorized acceptance agent. E-government LLC is an IRS-authorized acceptance agent, and you can apply online.
- Wait for Approval: Once the IRS receives your application, it can take up to 7 weeks to receive your ITIN. You will receive a notice of approval or rejection in the mail.
- Use ITIN for Tax Purposes: Use your ITIN for tax purposes once you have received it. You will need to provide your ITIN to your employer or on any tax forms you file with the IRS.
That’s it! Following these steps will help you get an ITIN with a U.S. Tax Return.