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Friday, November 4, 2016

Remember to Renew Your ITIN

By Sara Croymans, Extension Educator — Family Resiliency

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues an Individual Taxpayer Identification number (ITIN) to those who have a filing or reporting requirement but don’t have and are not eligible to get a Social Security number.

Some ITINs will expire at the end of 2016. Not sure if your ITIN is set to expire? Visit the IRS’s ITIN Expiration Frequently Asked Questions web page.

If you need to renew your ITIN, you should submit a complete application this fall to avoid delays.

You’ll need the following documents to renew your ITIN:
  1. Form W-7 — This is the ITIN application and renewal form.
  2. Proof of foreign status and identity — Several documents satisfy this requirement, including a passport, national or state identification (ID) card, driver’s license, birth certificate, military ID card, visa, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ID, medical records, or school records. Only original or copies certified from an issuing agency are accepted.
  3. Dependent requirements — If you need to renew your ITIN, you can renew ITINs for your entire family at the same time. For dependents from countries other than Canada or Mexico or dependents of U.S. military members overseas, a passport with a U.S. entry date may serve as stand-alone identification. Along with the passport, dependent applications require:
  • For dependents under age 6: U.S. medical records.
  • For dependents under age 18: U.S. school records
  • For dependents age 18 and over, one of the following: U.S. school records; or a rental statement, a utility bill, or a bank statement with applicant’s name and U.S. address.
To claim certain tax credits and to receive a timely refund, remember to renew your ITIN before you file your taxes.

For more information, visit the IRS’s web page ITIN Expiration Frequently Asked Questions.

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