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DON’T HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER? GET AN ITIN TO FILE TAXES

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Many immigrants don’t have Social Security Numbers because they are not eligible to receive them.  However, if an immigrant is not eligible for a Social Security Number, he or she can apply to get an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).  This ITIN will enable immigrants to file taxes. 

This ITIN is only to be used for filing taxes.  However, often when immigrants try to open bank accounts or sign leases without having a Social Security Number, they are turned down.   This is where the ITIN becomes beneficial for immigrants, because it is often accepted in lieu of a Social Security number by banks, etc.

If you don’t have a Social Security Number and are not eligible for one, you should apply for an ITIN right away.  To read the full Internal Revenue Service instructions for the W7 Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number and to print out the form itself, please go to:

http://www.irs.gov/individuals

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