THE ITIN APPLICATION PROCESS
Please complete the form at the bottom of this page so that we can contact you to discuss whether you have a valid reason for making an ITIN application we will then follow the steps detailed below.
The policy previously in effect had significantly reduced the options for applicants with regard to the certification of identification documents that are required to be included with the application.
The good news is that there are again three options for certification of ID Documents that the ITIN office will accept.
The alternative to using certified documents to apply for the ITIN is to send your original documents, we do not recommend this as all documents are returned to us by the IRS by regular mail and there is no way to track them if they go missing.
Our service is comprehensive. We prepare all of the forms for you based on the information that you provide us. We also countersign every form that is filed and as Certifying Acceptance Agents if there are any issues with the application the IRS will come directly to us to resolve them.
The IRS will generally take between 4-8 weeks to process the application. Once the processing is completed they will allocate the ITIN and send the original ITIN certificate to us as your "Certifying Acceptance Agent" we will then send you the original document for your records.
Acceptable ID Documents
Most client use their passport as the ID document to support their ITIN application, this is because the passport is the only document that can be used to support both foreign status and ID.
As an alternative to using a passport to support ID and foreign status, the IRS will accept any two other documents from the list below. At least one of the documents must contain a photo.
As with the Passport the documents submitted must be Original, or Certified by a Certifying Acceptance Agent , the Original Issuing Agency or a US Embassy or Consulate.
Form W-8ECI : Certificate of Foreign Person's Claim That Income Is Effectively Connected With the Conduct of a Trade or Business in the United States
When we receive your ITIN number we prepare the W-8ECI form for you this is the form that you must give to your management agent so that they do not withhold 30% of your gross rental income.
We email it to you. You just print it off and sign it and then send it to your management agent. They do not require an original.
Once they have received the withholding certificate they no longer are required to withhold tax and can pay your income in full without withholding 30% on behalf of the IRS.
If funds have already been withheld and sent to the IRS at the end of the year they will document the tax withheld to you on a Form 1042-S which you attach to your tax return to claim any refund due.