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Taxpayers with expiring ITINs should renew them now

Taxpayers with expiring individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) should renew their number ASAP, before the end of this year. In that case, they can avoid unnecessary delays related to their tax refunds next year.

These ITINs expire on December 31, 2019:

– Those not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three consecutive years.
– Numbers with middle digits 83, 84, 85, 86 or 87 not already renewed.
– Taxpayers whose ITIN is expiring and who expect to have a filing requirement in 2020 must renew their number. Others don’t need to take any action.

To renew an ITIN (PDF), a taxpayer must complete a Form W-7 and submit all required documentation. They don’t need to attach a tax return. However, taxpayers must note why they need an ITIN on the W-7.

There are three ways taxpayers submit the renewal application:

– Mail the form to the IRS address listed on the Form W-7 instructions.
– Work with a Certified Acceptance Agent authorized by the IRS to help taxpayers.
– Make an appointment at an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center to have each applicant’s identity authenticated in person.

Original Story at IRS.

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