What is an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)?
Functioning similarly to an SSN, an ITIN is a 9-digit number, initiating with “9” and adopting the SSN format (###-##-####). It serves the purpose of including a foreign spouse or dependent—ineligible for an SSN—in a jointly filed tax return.
Eligibility Criteria for an ITIN
You may be eligible for an ITIN if you fall into any of the following categories:
- Foreign spouse claimed on a US federal tax return without SSN eligibility.
- Foreign individual claimed as a dependent without SSN eligibility.
- Spouse or dependent of a nonresident alien US visa holder without SSN eligibility.
- Nonresident alien individual choosing to file a joint US federal tax return with a US citizen or resident alien spouse.
Determining ITIN Eligibility
Visit the IRS website to ascertain your eligibility for an ITIN, ensuring compliance with the specified criteria.
Acquiring an ITIN: The Process
Obtain an ITIN by completing IRS Form W-7. Alongside your application, provide documentation verifying your identity and qualifications. The IRS Form W-7 instructions furnish a comprehensive list of necessary documents and application details.
Why Consult a Tax Professional?
Consider engaging a licensed tax professional for expert guidance. Navigating tax complexities can be intricate, and a tax professional ensures accuracy and compliance. Remember, the information shared here is for informational purposes only, and seeking advice from a licensed tax professional is paramount.
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