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FAQ > How do I get an ITIN number to sell on eBay?

To obtain an ITIN number to sell on eBay, simply apply for the ITIN by submitting the application and W7 documentation. This means following the ITIN W7 checklist instructions and collecting acceptable documents to be submitted for ITIN processing. You must have an ITIN if you fall into the following categories:

  • Do you want to sell products on the eBay USA website?
  • You plan on filing a tax return with the U.S. federal government.
  • You are a foreign U.S. resident, nonresident, or foreign investor
  • You are not entitled to a Social Security number

The U.S. side of eBay requires sellers to submit their SSN, but it can still be sold on the U.S. side of the site if you have an ITIN. You can find a W7 ITIN application online, but you must mail the application and documents directly to the IRS. There are a number of different official documents that can be sent to prove that you are a foreign investor, non-resident, or resident alien, or you can simply present your valid passport. In general, you must prove that you are a domestic or foreign investor. You must send any of the original documents or certified copies of the ITIN application.

After you submit your application, you should wait for the IRS to respond. How long it takes depends on the number of requests that have arrived. It may take as little as a couple of weeks or as long as a couple of months. To speed up the process, be absolutely sure that you fill out the correct application and send it to the correct IRS address. The process will take longer if there are any errors in the application or documents.

Once you receive your ITIN, you can finish signing up for an eBay merchant profile and open your online store. All forms and information for requesting an ITIN needed can be found with ITIN W-7 Application.


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