International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) staff are NOT Tax Professionals or Certified Public Accountants. ANY ADVICE PROVIDED IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. For professional advice, please consult with Sprintax directly. For official information, please visit the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/.
An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
is a nine-digit tax processing number issued to nonresidents for tax purposes who (1) are not eligible for a Social Security Number (SSN) and (2) have taxable income from a U.S. source. ITINs are processed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
ITINs are used for federal tax reporting only and are not intended to serve any other purpose. The IRS issues ITINs to help individuals comply with the U.S. tax laws and to provide a means to efficiently process and account for tax returns and payments for those not eligible for Social Security Numbers (SSNs). An ITIN does not authorize work in the U.S., does not provide eligibility for Social Security benefits, and does not provide any income tax credits or deductions.
If you currently have an SSN, you do not need and you are not eligible for an ITIN. If you obtain an SSN, any ITIN(s) that were previously issued to you are no longer valid.