What does an ITIN Number do? An ITIN will serve as your identification number for filing your taxes. With Certified Acceptance Agents (CAAs), our offices will guide you through the ITIN number application or ITIN renewal process.
Let’s say you’re working and earning money in the United States but you do not qualify for a Social Security Number. An ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, sometimes called a PIN, Tax ID or Taxpayer ID) will serve as your identification number for filing your tax returns. If you do not qualify for an SSN, you will need to apply for an ITIN.
Here’s what else your ITIN does:
So your ITIN number not only helps you file a tax return, it ensures you get the refund you deserve as quickly as possible.
How to Get an ITIN number? To Get an ITIN number you must bring the required documents to your appointment. To begin the ITIN application process, you will need to bring:
How do Undocumented Workers File Tax Returns Without a Valid Social Security Number? Undocumented Workers File Tax Returns With ITIN Numbers. Though certain non-citizens are eligible to receive Social Security numbers to pay taxes, unauthorized immigrants are ineligible to receive one. However, it is still law that individuals who reside in the United States, whether legally or not, and earn income here must pay taxes on that income, and file a tax return, regardless of whether the income was earned as an undocumented worker—a complicated legal conundrum.
Further, the IRS will not allow a tax return to be filed with a fake or stolen Social Security number. Therefore, unauthorized workers who wish to file their taxes–and potentially get future credit for it— must find another way. Thus, many use the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or ITIN, which allows immigrants without Social Security numbers to legally file tax returns and claim the income reported on their W-2’s to the IRS.
Why Would an Undocumented Immigrant Pay Taxes? Undocumented immigrants pay taxes because they are entitled to benefits. Many others do pay in the hope that it will someday help them become citizens. Many undocumented immigrants who are paid “under the table” for their work and do not pay taxes on their income. Much of the evidence for this motivation is anecdotal, but various attempts at comprehensive immigration reform legislation over the last decade, including the “Gang of Eight” bill S.744, have included provisions like “good moral character” and “paying back taxes” as requirements for obtaining legalization. A provable history of paying taxes is seen as one way to show good faith, should such a bill ever pass.