Reminder: File to renew ITINs before end of 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires those who do not have a social security number but still have tax obligations to file taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITINs). These numbers

The IRS reports over 1.3 million ITINs will expire this year.

How do I know if my ITIN needs renewal? The agency notes those who hold ITINs with the following middle digits are likely to expire this year:

  • 73
  • 74
  • 75
  • 76
  • 77
  • 81
  • 82

A lack of use could also trigger the need to renew an ITIN.

How do I renew my ITIN? Taxpayers can renew their ITINs by completing and filing a Form W-7 with the IRS. Taxpayers can get this information filed either by sending the form through the mail or completing the process with a Certifying Acceptance Agent (CAA). The IRS authorizes CAAs to aid in the completion of these forms.

The taxpayer could also contact the IRS to schedule an appointment at an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.

What happens if I do not renew my ITIN? It will be difficult to file taxes in 2019 if your ITIN expires. Thus, anyone with an expiring ITIN that expects to have tax obligations in 2019 should complete the renewal process.

Those who fail to comply with tax law may be contacted by the IRS. In these situations, it is often wise to act to protect your interests. An attorney experienced in these matters can review the reason for the contact from the IRS and discuss your options.

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