Tax Filing Season is here. You can file your taxes using an ITIN number, even if you are undocumented.

What is an ITIN?
An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). An ITIN consists of nine digits, beginning with the number nine (i.e., 9XX-XX-XXXX). The IRS issues ITINs to taxpayers and their dependents who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security number (SSN) so that they can comply with tax laws. An ITIN does not authorize a person to work in the U.S. or provide eligibility for Social Security benefits. An ITIN does not provide a person with immigration status.

Who uses an ITIN to file tax returns?
Taxpayers who file their tax return with an ITIN include undocumented immigrants and their dependents as well as some people who are lawfully present in the U.S., such as certain survivors of domestic violence, student visa holders, and certain spouses and children of individuals with employment visas. As of August 2012, the IRS had assigned 21 million ITINs to taxpayers and their dependents.

Can the IRS share ITIN information with other government agencies?
In general, privacy laws prevent the IRS from sharing personal taxpayer information with other government agencies.

Do I need to renew my ITIN?
The IRS requires certain taxpayers using ITINs to renew their ITINs before they submit their tax return and to claim certain tax credits. Check to ensure your ITIN is active before you file a tax return in 2022.

If your ITIN is expired, you will face a delay in receiving eligible tax refunds.
Your ITIN expired on December 31, 2021 if:

  • it was not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years (i.e., 2018, 2019, or 2020 tax years);
  • it has the middle digits of 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, or 88; or
  • it has the middle digits of 90, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, or 99, was assigned before 2013, and has not already been renewed.

How do I complete an ITIN application or renewal?
You can apply for an ITIN or ITIN renewal in person by using an IRS-authorized Certified Acceptance Agent (CAA). Unless you apply through a CAA, you will need to send your original, physical documents (i.e., Passport, Birth Certificate, Driver’s License) to the IRS, and they will hold onto the items until they have processed your ITIN application (6-8 weeks during the off-season, 9-11 weeks during the tax filing season).

How do I confirm if my ITIN is active?
You can confirm if your ITIN is active by visiting an IRS-authorized Certified Acceptance Agent (CAA).

Please see below for a list of NYC Free Tax Prep sites participating in the IRS Certified Acceptance Agent program.
Address: 69 East 167th Street, Bronx, NY 10452
Hours of Operation: Monday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Appointment Details: You must call 718-292-2983 or email to book an appointment.
Languages: English and Spanish

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)
Address: 45 Wadsworth Ave, Manhattan, NY 10033
Hours of Operation: Monday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Appointment Details: You must call 929-415-8745 to book an appointment.
Languages: English and Spanish

Urban Upbound
Address: 12-15 40th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
Hours of Operation: MTuesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Appointment Details: You must call 718-784-0877, extension 7 or email to book an appointment.
Languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese – Cantonese, Chinese – Mandarin, Korean, Russian, and Urdu

Source: NYC Dept. of Consumer and Worker Protection. See full details here

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