Important news for ITIN holders


If you have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), there are some recent changes you need to know.

Under legislation passed by Congress in 2015, the IRS requires certain taxpayers to renew their ITINs before they submit their tax return and to claim certain tax credits, primarily the Child Tax Credit. The first phase of this renewal process began on October 1, 2016, and unless renewed, affected ITINs will expire January 1, 2017.

Take note: If an ITIN does not need to be renewed by January 1, 2017, please note that it might be subject for renewal in the future. The IRS will release the schedule of remaining ITINs that need to be renewed at a later time.



  • Use this page to find out if you are required to file a tax return.

Take note: VITA sites, CAAs, and TACs all help ITIN holders complete their tax forms, verify original identification documents, and send the completed forms to the IRS. The difference is that VITA sites and CAAs are businesses, organizations, or individuals authorized by the IRS to help taxpayers, while TACs are local IRS offices.

In addition, VITA sites offer free tax help to people making less than $54,000, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers. TACs also offer free services and they do not have restrictions on who can qualify for it. However, they do require advance appointments. Some CAAs may charge a fee for their services.


The IRS is recruiting CAAs to help ITIN holders renew. Please visit the IRS’ CAA webpage for more information.


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