Do US Citizens Need an ITIN?

Do US Citizens Need an ITIN?

No, United States citizens do not need an ITIN. An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number for individuals who are not eligible for a Social Security Number (SSN). All U.S. citizens are eligible to receive SSNs, so they do not need ITINs and should not complete a form W7 online.

What Tax Processing Number do US Citizens Need?

In most cases, U.S. citizens file their taxes using a Social Security Number issued by the Social Security Administration. Visit a local Social Security Administration office to file for an SSN. Permanent residents and certain eligible nonimmigrant workers can also file for an SSN.

Who Needs an ITIN?

ITINs are issued to foreign nationals and others who must make federal tax filings but are not eligible for SSNs. There are a few common residency situations that require the individual to have an ITIN:

-A non-resident alien who is not eligible for an SSN and is required to file a U.S. tax return; typically, this is to claim a refund under the provision of a U.S. tax treaty

-A U.S. resident alien filing a tax return

-A non-citizen dependent or spouse of a U.S. citizen or resident alien

-A non-citizen dependent or spouse of a nonresident alien visa holder

Taxpayers who have an existing ITIN that is expiring or expired need to renew it before making a tax filing. Both the original application and the renewal process can be completed with a fillable W7 form.

Fortunately, applying for or renewing an ITIN is an easy process. You can complete your W7 online using

How To Get an ITIN

For taxpayers who are not eligible for an SSN, getting an ITIN is easier than ever. You can complete a fillable W7 online using’s convenient services. Review the steps for completing an ITIN form. Then, check that you have the documents required for ITIN applications ready. When you are ready, complete your ITIN application to start the process.