Applying for or Renewing an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)
All ITINs not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years will no longer be valid for use on a tax return as of Jan. 1, 2017. Additionally, all ITINs issued before 2013 will begin expiring in 2017 starting with those with middle digits of 78 and 79 (Example: (9XX-78-XXXX). All expired ITINs must be renewed before being used on a U.S. tax return. No action is needed by ITIN holders who don’t need to file a tax return next year.
The latest revision of Form W-7 is available directly form the IRS website using this link: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw7.pdf (form W-7 Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number). Along with your carefully completed and signed form W-7, attach a valid federal income tax return and identification documents as detailed below.
Acceptable forms of Identification to be sent to the IRS:
1. Passport (Israeli or other non-USA issued). It must be signed and valid (not expired). The signature on the W-7 must match the signature on the passport.
OR any two documents from the following list:
- Birth Certificate with English. Order your copy online, see: https://www.gov.il/he/service/birth_certificate
- National Identification Card (An Israeli ID would need to be translated)
- Driver’s License
- Military Identification Card
If you are unable to send original documents, then obtain certified copies of your identification from the US consulate . The service fee is currently $50. For more details view this page from the consulate website:
Note: The IRS will NOT accept notarized copies from any source other than the consulate, even if you obtain an apostille.
Post all documents to the address below:
Internal Revenue Service
Austin Service Center
P.O. Box 149342
Austin, TX 78714-9342 USA
For full instructions, consult the official IRS instructions: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/iw7.pdf
If you qualify for an ITIN and your application is complete, you will receive a letter from the IRS assigning your tax identification number usually within 8-10 weeks. If your application is delayed then call IRS accounts at 267-941-1000.