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FAQ > Can I apply for my ITIN without my tax return?

The U.S. workforce is full of foreigners who do not qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN), but still pay taxes when they register for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). When applicable, you are normally required to include a federal income tax return along with identity verification documents to be submitted for your ITIN, but there are some exceptions:

  • Third party withholding on passive income is obtained
  • A third party reports interest on your mortgage
  • You are a member or owner of an LLC business
  • You are exempt under the rules of Treasury Decision 9363.
  • You have benefited from the sale of goods in the United States
  • There are wages, salaries, fee payments, or gambling winnings that are exempt because of a tax treaty.

If you meet any of these circumstances, you may be able to apply for the ITIN without a federal tax return, but all of them require their own forms of documentation. If you think you may be exempt, it is best to consult an expert for help.

Types of documentation

If you are trying to apply for an ITIN without a federal tax return, it is important to provide evidence to support your claim for an exemption. Most of the time this comes in the form of duly signed letters from your employer, bank, or mortgage holder, but other situations require legal documents, such as employment contracts or business incorporation documents. A detailed list of exemption criteria and acceptable evidence can be found in the W-7 official IRS form instructions.

Find out if you are exempt

Submitting the W-7 without proper documentation could delay the issuance of your ITIN, so get expert help if you believe you are eligible for an exemption. No matter if you are a new resident without SSN eligibility or need to apply for renewal of an expired number, let the ITIN W-7 Application professionals simplify the process so you can get back to your normal routine.


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