Are There Specific Groups of People Encouraged To Get ITINs?
There are currently two groups of people the IRS encourages to get an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN):
1. Individuals with an Unused ITIN
In 2015, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act enabled an ITIN to expire automatically if not used at least once in three consecutive years. If you have not used your ITIN to file a tax return in the last three years you no longer have a valid ITIN and should apply for ITIN renewal or replacement.
2. Individuals with Expiring ITINs
ITINs need to be renewed periodically. If the two digits in the middle of your ITIN are 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82, it will expire on Dec. 31, 2018. If your ITIN’s two middle numbers are 78 or 79, then it's time to renew.
What Groups of People Might Not Need to Apply for an ITIN at This Time?
If you are eligible for an ITIN status which allows for exceptions, then you might not need to apply for or renew an ITIN at this time.
The IRS provides exceptions for the following individuals:
· College or university students, professors and researchers
· Members of a partnership earning passive income
· Non-citizens earning passive income from annuities, dividends and interest
· Foreign nationals who own or transfer real estate in the U.S.
· U.S. citizens acting as a fiduciary of an estate or trust owned by a foreign citizen
· Gamblers visiting the U.S. and receiving winnings from casinos, lotteries or gaming
How Long Does It Take To Get an ITIN Number?
It usually takes between six and eight weeks to receive your ITIN in the mail. To check on your ITIN application status call the IRS hotline in the U.S. at 1-800-829-1040 or outside the U.S. at 1-267-941-1000.
An Easy Way To Get Started
ITIN W-7 Application provides an easy way to navigate your way through all the possible ITIN issues. There's no reason for concern over ITIN exceptions, renewals or replacements. Visit our ITIN W-7 instructions for more information. Our support team is available to assist and respond to any questions you may have.