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FAQ > Who needs an ITIN?

If you fall into these basic categories, you may be asking 'What do I need to get an ITIN number?' Fortunately, information about applications is easy to follow if you go step by step. What may be a little more difficult is the W-7 application itself. That's why ITIN W-7 application provides you with an easy to follow list of documents to be submitted for your ITIN approval. These documents support the application by verifying vital information for the IRS.

Investigation of Exceptions

Those who want to investigate ITIN exceptions to see if they need TIN approval before tax returns should this year check the link. Exceptions allow you to file an ITIN without a federal tax return form in the application packet. They are important for applicants because they set the conditions under which they apply for the first time they can search for numbers when they have not had the tax obligations of previous years. The most common reasons for exceptions include:

  • Passive income, such as that provided by the possession of an LLC
  • Students about scholarships or grants
  • Individuals with income from gambling in the U.S. and no other tax liability

There are individual requirements and sub-categories to each of these main exception categories, so be sure to review the full list of exceptions in the link.

ITIN numbers that need to be renewed

Periodically, the IRS purges certain ITIN numbers, which leads to their need to be renewed. For example, on December 31, 2017, all ITINs that were not used for tax returns in 2014, 2015, or 2016 expired, leaving many people in a place where they had to renew an ITIN before the return deadline 2017 imposed on April 15, 2018. Similarly, ITINs are periodically withdrawn according to features such as possession of certain numbers in certain places, and the IRS regularly updates the information.

If it's time to renew your ITIN, you can start working on the application page.


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