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FAQ > Are there specific groups of people encouraged to ITINs?

Currently there are two groups of people the IRS recommends to obtain a Personal Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN):

1. People with an unused ITIN

In 2015, the Americans Tax Increase Protection Act allowed an ITIN to expire automatically if it is 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 must apply for renewal or replacement of the ITIN.

2. People with whom ITIN expires

ITINs should be renewed periodically. If the two digits in the middle of your ITIN are 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82, they end on December 31, 2018. If two average numbers on your ITIN 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 state that allows exceptions, then you may not need to apply for or renew an ITIN at this time.

The IRS provides exceptions for the following individuals:

  • University or university students, professors and researchers
  • Members of an association earn passive income
  • Non-citizens earn passive income from annuities, dividends and interest
  • Foreign nationals who own or transfer real estate in the U.S.
  • U.S. citizens acting as trustee of an estate or trust owned by a foreign national
  • Players who visit the U.S. and who receive winnings from casinos, lotteries or games

How long does it take to get an ITIN number?

It usually takes six to eight weeks to receive your ITIN in the mail. To check the status of your ITIN application call the U.S. IRS line at 1-800-829-1040 or outside the U.S. at 1-267-941-1000.

An easy way to get started

ITIN W-7 The application provides an easy way to navigate through all possible ITIN problems. There is no reason to worry about ITIN exceptions, renewals or replacements. Visit our ITIN W-7 instructions for more information. Our support team is available to help and answer any questions you may have.


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