How to Apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
What is an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)?
An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or ITIN is a tax processing number that the IRS issues to tax filers who are ineligible for a social security number. ITINs are issued regardless of the taxpayer’s immigration status, as both resident and non-resident aliens may have a US tax filing requirement under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), and should not be used to infer someone’s immigration status or right to work in the United States. The ITIN is not valid for employment, but can be used to file your taxes, open a bank account, access credit and loans, and is a start to your financial footing in the United States.
Both taxpayers and their dependents may qualify for an ITIN, allowing for individuals to report their income, claim dependents, claim tax credits, and refunds if they are eligible. With an ITIN, taxpayers can claim benefits like Child Tax Credit, Young Child Tax Credit, CalEITC, Education Credit, Retirement Savings Credit, and other benefits.
Ready to apply for an ITIN?
Watch our step-by-step video tutorial above to learn how to fill out an ITIN application (Form W-7) and learn:
- What is an ITIN and its benefits
- Documents needed to apply for an ITIN
- Different ways to file for an ITIN
- Tips to expedite the process
Make an appointment at a local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site to get free help filling out and submitting your W-7 form.