IRS urges users to renew ITINs now

With more than 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2018, the IRS today urged affected taxpayers to submit their renewal applications soon to beat the rush and avoid refund delays next year. In the third year of the renewal program, the IRS has increased staffing to handle the anticipated influx of Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, applications for renewal. This third wave of expiring ITINs is expected to affect as many as 2.7 million taxpayers. To help taxpayers, the renewal process for 2019 is beginning earlier than last year.

ITINs are used by people who have tax filing or payment obligations under U.S. law but who are not eligible for a social security number. ITIN holders who have questions should visit the ITIN information page on IRS.gov and take a few minutes to understand the guidelines. Under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, ITINs that have not been used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three consecutive years will expire Dec. 31, 2018. In addition, ITINs with middle digits 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82 will also expire at the end of the year. These affected taxpayers who expect to file a tax return in 2019 must submit a renewal application as soon as possible. (IRS New Release, IR-2018-137, June 14, 2018.)

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