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Internal Revenue Service
Austin Service Center
P.O. Box 149342
Austin, TX 78714-9342
Line Instructions for ITIN
Enter N/A (not applicable) on all lines that do not apply to you. Do not
leave any lines blank.
Enter your legal name on line 1a as it appears on your documents. This entry should
reflect your name as it will appear on a U.S. tax return.
Note.Your ITIN will be established using this name. If you do not
use this name on the U.S. tax return, the processing of the U.S. tax return may
Enter your name as it appears on your birth certificate if it is different from
your entry on line 1a.
Enter your complete mailing address on line 2. This is the address the IRS will
use to return your original documents and send written notification of your
Note. If the U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail to your
physical location, enter the U.S. Postal Service�s post office box number for your
mailing address. Contact your local U.S. Post Office for more information. Do not
use a post office box owned and operated by a private firm or company.
Enter your complete foreign (non U.S.) address in the country where you permanently
or normally reside if it is different from the address on line 2. If you no longer
have a permanent residence, due to your relocation to the United States, enter only
the foreign country where you last resided on line 3. If you are claiming a benefit
under an income tax treaty with the United States, line 3 must show the treaty country.
Note.Do not use a post office box or an �in care of� (c/o) address
instead of a street address on line 2 if you are entering just a �country� name
on line 3. If you do, your application will be rejected.
To be eligible for an
ITIN, your birth country must be recognized as a foreign country
by the U.S. Department of State.
Enter the country or countries (in the case of dual citizenship) in which you are
a citizen. Enter the complete country name; do not abbreviate.
If your country of residence for tax purposes has issued you a tax identification
number, enter that number on line 6b. For example, if you are a resident of Canada,
enter your Canadian Social Insurance Number.
Enter only U.S. nonimmigrant visa information. Include the USCIS classification,
number of the U.S. visa, and the expiration date in month/day/year format. For example,
if you have an F-1/F-2 visa with the number 123456 that has an expiration date of
December 31, 2012, enter �F-1/F-2,� �123456,� and �12/31/2012� in the entry space.
Note.If the visa has been issued under a �duration of stay� label
by USCIS, enter �D/S� as the expiration date.
Check the box indicating the type of document(s) you are submitting for identification.
You must submit documents as explained in item (3) under
Apply. Enter the name of the state or country or other issuer, the identification
number (if any) appearing on the document(s), the expiration date, and the date
on which you entered the United States. Dates must be entered in the month/day/year
format. Also, you may subsequently be required to provide a certified translation
of foreign language documents.
Note.Any visa information shown on a passport must be entered on
If you ever received a temporary taxpayer identification number (TIN) or an employer
identification number (EIN), check the �Yes� box and complete line 6f. If you never
had a temporary TIN or an EIN, or you do not know your temporary TIN, check the
�No/Do not know� box. A temporary TIN is a nine-digit number issued by the IRS to
persons who file a return or make a payment without providing a TIN. You would have
been issued this number if you filed a U.S. tax return and did not have a social
security number. This temporary TIN will appear on any correspondence the IRS sent
you concerning that return. An EIN is a nine-digit number (for example, 12-3456789)
assigned by the IRS to businesses, such as sole proprietorships.
If you have both a temporary TIN and an EIN, attach a separate sheet listing both.
If you were issued more than one temporary TIN, attach a separate sheet listing
all the temporary TINs you received.
If you checked reason f, you must enter the name of the educational institution
and the city and state in which it is located. You must also enter your length of
stay in the United States. If you are temporarily in the United States for business
purposes, you must enter the name of the company with whom you are conducting your
business and the city and state in which it is located. You must also enter your
length of stay in the United States.
You must sign
Form W-7. However, if the applicant is a minor
under 14 years of age, a delegate (parent or court-appointed guardian) can sign
for him or her. Type or print the delegate�s name in the space provided and check
the appropriate box that indicates his or her relationship to the applicant. If
the delegate is signing as a court-appointed guardian, attach a copy of the court-appointment
papers showing the legal guardianship.
If the applicant is 14 years of age or over, the applicant can sign or appoint an
authorized agent to sign. The authorized agent could be the applicant�s parent or
another person designated by the applicant. The authorized agent must print his
or her name in the space provided for the name of the delegate and attach Form 2848.
Note. All Powers of Attorney (POAs) submitted to the IRS must be
in English. Any POAs received in a foreign language will be considered invalid unless
accompanied by a certified English translation.