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Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)

Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN):

The Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure that people – pay tax on US source income, even if they do not have a Social Security number and regardless of their immigration status. We will work with your Immigration Attorney to quickly prepare the required tax documents necessary for US Visas and other immigration matters.

Tax Solutions -Trusted Globally has Certifying Acceptance Agents on staff to certify your identity documents so you keep your passport without having to send it to the IRS. If you need an ITIN, contact us to schedule an appointment.

What is an ITIN?

  • ITIN was created for tax purposes. The ITIN program was created so that foreign people who are not eligible for a Social Security number (SSN) can pay the taxes they are legally required to pay.
  • ITINs are not SSNs. The ITIN is a nine-digit number that always begins with the number 9 and has a 7 or 8 in the fourth digit, for example 9XX-7X-XXXX.
  • Many immigrants have ITINs. The following people not eligible for a SSN may obtain an ITIN:
    • A non-resident foreign national who owns US real estate or invests in a U.S. business and receives taxable income from that U.S. business, but lives in another country.
    • A foreign national student.
    • A dependent or spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
    • A dependent or spouse of a foreign national on a temporary visa.
    • People without legal immigration status in the United States may obtain an ITIN.

ITINs do NOT provide legal status or work authorization

  • An ITIN does not provide legal immigration status and does not prove legal presence in the US.
  • An ITIN does not provide work authorization and cannot be used to prove work authorization.

What other purposes can an ITIN serve?

  • Opening an interest-bearing bank account. Individuals who do not have a SSN but do have an ITIN can open interest-bearing accounts.
  • Securing a driver’s license. Some states have allowed the ITIN to be used instead of a SSN in order to receive a driver’s license, driver’s permit, or state identification card.
  • Providing proof of residency. An immigrant may need to prove how long he or she has been in the United States and having a tax return filed using an ITIN is one way to show that.

How long does it take to get an ITIN?

  • How long does it take to get an ITIN? Your ITIN appointment will be 30 minutes for less, then once the ITIN is applied for your wait time will be 4-6 weeks.

Foreign and coming to the US on a short term Rotator or long term Expat assignment? See our US Tax Preparation & Advisory Services page.

Are you sending employees to the US on assignment? Visit our US Shadow Payroll Services page.

Have ITIN questions?

We offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to go over questions and determine if we need to schedule a meeting. We offer in person meetings, over the telephone, or virtual conferences via Zoom.

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