The IRS announced that more than one million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) will expire at the end of 2020. ITINs are used by people who have tax filing or payment obligations under U.S. law but who are not eligible for a Social Security number.
ITINs that have not been used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three consecutive years and those issued before 2013 will expire. This year, ITINs with middle digits 88 will expire on December 31, 2020. Additionally, ITINs with middle digits 90, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 or 99 that were assigned before 2013 and have not already been renewed, will also expire at the end of the year.
Common errors that can slow down ITIN renewal applications include:
- mailing identification documentation without a Form W-7;
- missing information on the Form W-7; or
- insufficient supporting documentation, such as U.S. residency documentation or official documentation to support name changes.
Taxpayers whose ITIN is expiring and who expect to have a filing requirement in 2021 must submit a renewal application.
More information on ITINs can be found at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/individual-taxpayer-identification-number.