Time to Renew ITIN
ITINs with middle digits 70, 71, 72 or 80 are set to expire at the end of 2017. Ie – example, 2NN-72-NNNN)
If your ITIN has not been used at last once in the last 3 consecutive years, they will expire Dec 31, 2017 as well. If your ITIN expired last year middle digits 78 and 79) – they can be renewed at any time.
What is an ITIN?
If you are not eligible for an SSN (Social Security Number) – but have a U.S tax filing obligation, you are required to obtain an ITIN.
The most common request to get an ITIN for our client base is for non-resident alien spouses. With an ITIN, the U.S. taxpayer can elect to file jointly with their non-US spouse (election under IRC § 6013(g). Married filing jointly is the most beneficial filing status, and can be utilized to substantially reduce tax due). Such an election would require the non-US spouse to report their worldwide income, but able to exclude their own $100k of foreign earnings, as well as utilize foreign tax paid. In some instances, this can yield great tax savings.
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