You might already know the answer to, “what is an ITIN,” but do you know the difference between an ITIN vs SSN? One of the ways in which the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) differs from Social Security number (SSN) is that they don’t last forever. If you’ve received a notification that your ITIN will expire, don’t delay getting started on the ITIN renewal application process. Like the procedure to get a new ITIN, renewing requires specific supporting documentation and takes up to 11 weeks to complete.
The good news is you can still file your federal income tax return while your ITIN application is being processed. However, any refunds or other tax credits due to you will be held until your ITIN or individual tax identification number is updated.
We’ve put together this guide to walk you through the three steps required to renew your ITIN. We’ll also discuss how to know when your ITIN is going to expire.
One frequently asked question is how to renew my ITIN number? If you remember when you first applied for your ITIN, this process will seem very familiar.
There are three main steps you’ll need to follow, including:
First, you’ll actually fill out the same IRS form you filed with your original ITIN application—the W-7. There’s a section on the form specifically for renewal so make sure you complete it.
Then, you’ll need to submit original identification documents or a certified copy of your proof of identity and foreign status documentation. Photocopies aren’t acceptable. You can use the same document you used for your initial ITIN application.
The accepted verification identification documents include:
The one difference from your original application is you won’t need to include a federal income tax return with your paperwork. These are also the same documents you will need to have before following the steps on how to get an ITIN number.
Once you’ve collected everything you need, you have three options for submitting your application:
Mail your materials to the IRS at the address listed on the W-7 form. Certified mail is best so you can track your envelope.
Make an appointment at an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center. They can verify your documents so that you don’t have to mail sensitive materials to the IRS.
Certified Acceptance Agent (CAA) can assist you with filling out the required paperwork and certify your supporting documentation so you can avoid sending valuable personal papers through the mail.
It can take anywhere from 7 to 11 weeks for your paperwork to be processed. Between January 1st and April 15th, it’ll take longer as this is the peak period for ITIN applications. You can still file your income taxes while you’re waiting for the renewal to go through.
When it’s time to renew your ITIN, the IRS will mail you a notice. However, we know sometimes things get lost in the mail or you may have moved since your last filing. In this case, you should double-check and see if you must renew.
The most recent guidance from the IRS lists several scenarios that require an ITIN renewal. They include:
If you can’t remember when your ITIN was issued, you’ll find the date on the CP565 form you received when your ITIN was assigned. If you no longer have this IRS form, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 for assistance.