By Mark Castro, CPA
September 15, 2020
In the final year of the Individual Identification Number (ITIN) renewal program, more than 1 million taxpayers will have their ITINs expire at the end of this year.
Therefore any affected taxpayer must submit a renewal application if they plan on using an ITIN that expires at the end of 2020 if they wish to use it on a 2020 federal return that will be filed during the upcoming 2021 filing season. The IRS is urging taxpayers to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible in order to beat the rush and avoid refund delays in the upcoming filing season.
Who Should Renew for the Upcoming Filing Season (Filing Season 2021)
At the end of this year the following ITINs will expire and must be renewed if an individual needs to use it on a 2020 federal return:
How to Renew an ITIN
To renew an expiring ITIN an individual must complete a Form W-7 (Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number), making sure to check the “Renew an Existing ITIN” checkbox, and submit it to the IRS in one of the following ways:
For renewals, the IRS does not require a tax return to be attached to the submitted Form W-7.
For more information see the following on the IRS website: