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ITIN Renewals

Do I Need To Renew My ITIN?

In October 2016 the IRS introduced Mandatory renewals for ITIN holders under specific circumstances. The change is a result of the PATH (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes) Act which was passed by Congress in December 2015. 

Under the PATH act any ITIN that is not used on a Federal Tax Return for three consecutive tax years will expire on December 31st of the third consecutive tax year of non use. For example - an individual applied for and received an ITIN number in 2013. The ITIN was used in 2013 on the individuals 2012 US Income Tax Return. If the individual does not file a tax return in 2014, 2015 and 2016 the ITIN will expire on December 31st 2016 and therefore must renew their ITIN before they can file a Tax return in 2017. This rule applies to all ITIN's regardless of when the ITIN was issued.

Further ITIN's issued prior to January 1st 2013 that have been used on a tax return in the last three consecutive years are set to expire on a multi-year schedule.

Which ITIN holders will need to renew their ITIN's beginning in October 2016?

ITIN's will begin renewing on a rolling schedule. No action is needed by ITIN holders if they do not need to file a tax return in 2017. The first ITIN's to expire will be those with teh middle digits of 78 and 79. The IRS began sending letters to these individuals explaining the renewal steps in August, so if your ITIN's middle digits are 78 or 79, you should have received a letter. If not be on the look out.

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Who Needs to Renew?

ITIN's not used on a federal income tax return in the last three (3) years (covering 2013, 2014 or 2015) will not be valid to use on returns as of January 1, 2017.

ITIN's issued before 2013 with the middle digits of 78 and 79 (Example: 9XX-78-XXXX / 9XX-79-XXXX) will start expiring on a rolling schedule

Renewal Rolling Schedule

ITIN's issued before 2008 will remain in effect until January 1st, 2017

ITIN's issued in 2008 will remain in effect until January 1st, 2018

ITIN's issued in 2009 or 2010 will remain in effect until January 1st, 2019

ITIN's issued in 2011 or 2012 will remain in effect until January 1st, 2020

How do I renew my ITIN?

If you meet the requirements above and need to renew your ITIN, you will need to apply using the new Form W7 Application Form which was released in September 2016.


ITIN renewals start October 1st, 2016.

If you decide to renew your ITIN application with MyTaxAdvisorOnline. As MyTaxAdvisorOnline is a Certified Acceptance Agent instead of mailing your forms and documents to the IRS, as a Certified Acceptance Agent. Instead of you mailing your forms and documents to the IRS, our certified agent can verify and certify the authenticity of your supporting documents. You'll receive step by step help with your ITIN renewal, and your original identifying documents will not need to be sent to the IRS.

How long does the ITIN renewal take to process?

It will take the IRS approxiamately 7 weeks to process an ITIN renewal.

Can I renew my Family's ITIN's too?

Yes. The good news is the IRS has taken steps to ease this process for taxpayers with a family renewal option. If you receive a renewal letter from the IRS due to your middle ITIN digits being 78 or 79, you can choose to renew your family's ITIN numbers at the same time. The family renewal is limited to you (the tax filer), your spouse, and any dependents claimed on your tax return.

Please click on the link to review the The ITIN Renewal Process

If you would like to renew your ITIN number or receive a free consultation with regard to your US Tax Obligations, please complete this form.

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