ITIN Applications
and Renewals

ITIN Basics

ITINs (Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers) are used by individuals who have tax-filing or payment obligations under U.S. law but are not eligible for a Social Security number. CEP's Tax Clinic previously helped with ITIN applications and renewals, but the need became too much for their capacity, so CEP suspended the program in 2017. At this time, CEP does not take appointments for ITIN applications and renewals. 


ITIN Applications

Clients needing in-person assistance with an ITIN application have several options:

It may be helpful to refer clients to our Get DIY help with an ITIN page for other questions about the ITIN application process. Or visit the IRS's ITIN website.


ITIN Renewals

Any ITIN not used on a tax return at least once in 2015, 2016, or 2017 will expire Dec. 31, 2018. ITINs with middle digits of either 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81, or 82 will also expire at the end of the year. 

ITINs with the middle digits of either 70, 71, 72, or 80 already expired on December 31st, 2017.

CEP's Tax Clinic created Do It Yourself (DIY) ITIN Renewal instructions in English and en Español so that clients can apply on their own. 

Clients needing in-person assistance with ITIN renewals have several options:

It may be helpful to refer clients to our Get DIY help with an ITIN page for other questions about the ITIN renewal process. Or visit the IRS's ITIN website.


Filing with Expired ITINs

The IRS issued a news release saying that tax returns with expired ITINs will face processing delays and affected taxpayers may lose eligibility for key tax benefits until the ITIN is renewed.