ITIN Applicaton with Tax Return Preparation Without SSN

   Sample ITIN or Individual Taxpayer Identification No. Card


1. An application for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number includes a Federal Tax Return. If you do not have yet a SSN or ITIN here are the instructions on how to prepare Tax Returns on

2. A Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or ITIN is a 9-digit tax processing number issued by the IRS - see the image on the right.  Include your federal tax return when you apply for the ITIN. ITINs are to individuals who are required to file and thus need a U.S. taxpayer identification number because they do not have yet or are not eligible to receive, a Social Security number or SSN.

  • If your ITIN is only used on information tax returns by third parties, you don’t have to renew your ITIN even if the ITIN has expired for purposes of filing a U.S. federal tax return. However, in the future, if you file another income tax return, you will need to renew your ITIN at that time for Form W-7.

You can submit your ITIN application at any time when you have a filing or reporting requirement. Complete Form W-7 and submit it as outlined below. If the paper tax return you attach to Form W-7 is filed after the return's due date, you may owe late filing interest and/or penalties if you owe taxes. If you do not owe taxes with your tax return, late filing penalties will not apply. You have 3 years of the tax return due date to claim a tax refund by filing a return withhin the 3 years.

ITIN Application Steps, Mailing Address


2. ITIN Overview
3. Complete Form W-7
Click and complete or download Form W-7 now -  after you have loaded the PDF form you can complete it and then download it.
4. Document List to Mail

Main Documents:

  • Form W-7
  • Tax Return
  • Proof of Identity (original documents or certified copies of documents from the issuing agency) - see options below
  • Foreign Status Documents.

Supporting Documents:

  • Passport
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) photo identification
  • A Via as issued by the U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. or non-U.S. driver's license of military identification card
  • A national or U.S. state identification card
  • A civil birth certificate
  • Voter's registration card
  • Medical or school records (valid for certain dependents).
5. Contact a Taxpert®
Contact support if you have questions about the the W-7 associated tax return preparation process.
6. W-7 Submission Options
Mailing Address

Option 1: Postal Mailing Address
Internal Revenue Service
Austin Service Center
ITIN Operation
P.O. Box 149342
Austin, TX 78714-9342

Option 2: Private Delivery Service Address
Internal Revenue Service
ITIN Operation
Mail Stop 6090-AUSC
3651 S IH 35
Austin, TX 78741-0000

Should you need your original proof of identity documents within 60 days, originals will be returned after 60 days, no return envelope required, but as an option, you can include a prepaid Express Mail or courier envelope. When applying for an ITIN, consider doing so in person at an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center or CAA. If for any reason your original documents are not returned, contact the IRS. You will receive a letter from the IRS assigning your tax identification number usually within seven weeks if you qualify for an ITIN and your application is complete. After application processing, the IRS will send you your ITIN through the mail to the address on Form W-7.

Option 3: In Person Delivery
Submit your ITIN application in-person using the services of an IRS-authorized Certifying Acceptance Agent - view the link to find internal and US locations. You will not have to mail in your documents as listed above with this option.

Option 4: By Appointment
Make an appointment and submit your ITIN application at a designated IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center. This will also prevent you from having to mail your proof of identity and foreign status document.

7. ITIN Rejection
Review reasons on why your ITIN might be rejected by the IRS.
Contact the IRS if you have questions about the application process
8. Otained Your ITIN
Once you have received your ITIN you can use not only to prepare but also to eFile your federal and state incomes tax returns. Learn more on why is your best choice to prepare and eFile your Taxes.