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FAQ > How do I apply for an ITIN for a child?

Anyone without a social security number in the United States needs an individual tax number. This includes dependents of non-resident aliens and residents. The online ITIN form provides an easy way to get an ITIN for your child. In future situations after your child is issued an ITIN, you can claim him/her as a dependent when filing and reporting taxes. There are two ways to get an ITIN for a child.

  • List child as dependent by completing Form W-7.
  • Apply for a child's ITIN on a separate W-7 ITIN.
  • The first option is the easiest way to get an ITIN for your child. However, both processes can be used for biological and adopted children under the age of 18, although some additional documentation is required for an adopted child.

Whether you are listing the child as a dependent or competing on a separate form for the child, the application documentation requirements are similar. The steps you must take to correctly apply for ITIN online and follow ITIN W-7 instructions include the following:

  • Complete ITIN W-7 online form.
  • Print the completed form.
  • Gather relevant identifying information.
  • return -attach federal tax(s).
  • Send application packet to the IRS.

The identification information needed for a child depends on whether or not the child has been issued a passport. Without passport, the child must provide two documents showing his/her alien status and identity. For example, you can send school records and a civil birth certificate. It may take 8-10 weeks before the ITIN is issued. All original documents submitted as part of the application package must be returned to the mailing address listed on Form W-7 ITIN within 60 days of application processing.

Any confusing and overwhelming steps in the application process for an ITIN are simplified when using ITIN online application. Save time and eliminate the hassle of starting the application process today.


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