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How It Works
Complete our request form below (fee: $140 CAD)
We generate and send you a W-7 ITIN application and 1040-NR tax return pre-filled with your information
You sign and mail the package to the IRS, along with identification documents.
You receive your ITIN ~ 12 weeks later. Don’t forget to pay your taxes to the IRS!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Based on our DPs, no you do not. This may be dependent on the type of income claimed.
Also, you generally need to make over a certain threshold to have tax forms like 1099’s issued. Since you are claiming an amount under that threshold, there shouldn’t be any expectation that you have these forms.
Yes you will pay a small amount of tax (~$5-10), which is why you are filing the return and why the IRS has to assign an ITIN to you.
Email details or a copy of your 1099 form to [email protected] and we can discuss options for doing a manual return.
The IRS quote an 8 week turnaround time. Anecdotally it can take a bit longer than that during busy tax season. Furthermore, in the wake of COVID-19 we’ve been seeing applications take 16 weeks turnaround. Try not to be anxious if there is a delay – the IRS have to respond and return your documents, regardless of the outcome.
We do not have an official refund policy. We have tested this method thoroughly, and have yet to see any applications rejected. If your application is rejected, email the IRS rejection letter to [email protected] and we will suggest a solution. In the case that IRS policies change and we are unable to adapt and secure your ITIN, yes we would refund you.
Yes, we offer a modest discount for customers who purchase multiple ITINs through us – email us at [email protected] and we will provide you with a code to enter in the coupon field for the second ITIN application.
Yes we have a valid preparer tax identification number (PTIN). However, because we are not an Enrolled Agent we are not authorized to speak with IRS on your behalf or represent you to the IRS. You will be responsible for any correspondence with the IRS (if applicable). You are of course still welcome to ask us questions!
Yes. You don’t need to be physically present in the US to qualify for an ITIN, or to have earned US income that would require you to file a US tax return.
Please see how the IRS calculates late filing and late payment penalties (tl;dr, it’s a fraction of the tax owed). The maximum total penalty for failure to file and pay is 47.5% (22.5% late filing and 25% late payment) of the tax. On ~$10 USD of tax, this shouldn’t be of great concern.
You will receive detailed instructions after completing our form on how to send in your documents. Generally, we recommend getting a certified true copy (CTC) of your passport and sending that in, if possible. Alternatively, you can:
1) send in your original passport to the IRS,
2) apply via a Certified Acceptance Agent (this will cost money), or
3) book an appt and show up in person to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center in the USA. For IRS Taxpayer Assistant Centers, you must have completed all docs and bring them to appt (no mailing required). However, of note, we have a few data points of people being turned away if past the year’s tax reporting deadline.
Alternatively to a passport, you may provide any two of the following to validate your identity and foreign status:
– Foreign driver’s license
– Foreign military identification card
– National identification card (must contain name, photograph, address, date of birth, and expiration date)
– Foreign voter’s registration card
– Civil birth certificate
See the table below for eligible support documentation. You must include a document that establishes both foreign status and identity.
Generally these alternative documents will need to be original copies however you may be able to get certified copies of driver’s license. Data points suggest that you can these for free from Public Service Ontario locations for example.
I would recommend signed. Signed just means that your passport is signed. The only way to get unsigned would be if you applied for a new passport and certified copies of the passport at the same time.
Unfortunately, no notarized copies of identifying documents including passport are not accepted by the IRS.
As stated on the IRS ITIN Procedures Frequently Asked Questions page:
“A certified document is one that the original issuing agency provides and certifies as an exact copy of the original document and contains an official stamped seal from the Agency. These documents will be accepted. A notarized document is one that the taxpayer provides to a public notary who bears witness to the signing of the official document and affixes a seal assuring that the document is legitimate. These documents will not be accepted for ITIN applications.”
The U.S. Embassy or consulates can also certify true copies of foreign passports. Please make an appointment with the nearest Embassy or consulate and make sure to bring the original foreign passport to your appointment. Read more about this service on the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada website.
Yes, you can. They can be reached from outside the US at 267-941-1000. Beware this is not a toll-free number, so I’d recommend using a VoIP service to make the call if you don’t have a good long-distance phone plan.
If that doesn’t work, you can also try calling the +1 800-908-9982 number. Press 1 for English, then 3 for ‘Other Inquiries’. Option 2 (obtain the status of your ITIN) seems to produce a ‘call us later’ prompt (YMMV).
After 3 years of not being used on a federal tax return, ITINs enter an “inactive” state. You can still use an inactive ITIN the same as before to apply for credit cards. However, there is a risk that in the future an inactive ITIN will be reissued to someone else.
The guaranteed solution to prevent your ITIN from going inactive and potentially being reissued to someone else is to file a tax return once every 3 years. If this is something you’d like to have us do for you, reach out to us at [email protected]. We will be offering an ITIN renewal service to assist clients with keeping their ITINs active.
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