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A Personal Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is an important tool that allows aliens who do not qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN) to file a federal income tax return. If you have gone through the ITIN application process, you may wonder if your number will ever expire. The short answer is yes, but one of two circumstances must take place for expiration to occur:

  • Your ITIN has not been used on a federal tax return at least once every three consecutive years
  • The two-digit average of your ITIN is 70, 71, 72, 78, 79 or 80
  • In case your number meet any of these criteria, you are facing the expiration of your ITIN, which means that it is important to start the renewal process as soon as possible if you want to avoid a delay in your tax refund.

How to renew an expired ITIN

If your number has expired, you may wonder, 'What do I need to get a new ITIN?' and the renewal process works in the same way as your initial application, even though it is not necessary to include a federal tax return. You will need to fill out another W-7 and send it to the IRS, along with an original, valid passport or two of the other necessary ITIN documents used to establish your identity and alien status. You may also choose to renew your entire family's ITINs, even if they do not include the number affected.

Avoiding Delays with Today's Renewal

As a taxpayer, you are legally entitled to a refund of any extra money you have paid, but you need a valid ITIN to file your annual return. If the IRS sends you a letter notifying you of the expiration of your number, it is in your best interest to begin your renewal as soon as possible. If you need help determining where to send W7 form documentation or have difficulty filling out the necessary paperwork, let the professionals help you apply for a W7 ITIN.


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