Forms 1040 with all types of income, deductions and credits

An ITIN application is made by an individual using Form W-7. The specifications for reporting are largely the same as before. The submission of the request is a little different. Applications must be sent either in person or by mail.

Applications can be sent either to an IRS staff allowed to review and accept applications or to a Community-based accredited acceptance agent approved by the IRS. The process for mailing applications appears to be unchanged at this time.

IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers

There will be customer service issues for those who go to the IRS office in person. There are reduced levels of operation and reduced personnel at almost all IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers due to budget cuts.

If a person resides outside the United States, an in-person application can be made to an IRS approved staff member or to an IRS appointed representative at a diplomatic mission or consular post.

Expiration of an ITIN

If the ITIN was released in 2013 or later, the ITIN will expire if it is not included in the Federal income tax return for a period of three consecutive taxable years. The expiry date will be 31 December of the third consecutive year. (The previous legislation was that the ITIN would be deactivated only if the ITIN had not been used for a period of five consecutive years in any tax year.)
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• If the ITIN was issued in 2011 or 2012, it expires on January 1, 2020.


• If the ITIN was issued in 2009 or 2010, it expires on January 1, 2019.


• If the ITIN was issued in 2008, it expires on January 1, 2018.