ITIN / W7 Certification Processing
Why You Need ITIN / W7 Certification
Accurate TaxServices Prep (ATSP) has obtained authority and certification from the IRS to process W7 (ITIN) applications as a Certifying Acceptance Agent (CAA) organization. A CAA is an individual, business or organization authorized by IRS to counsel foreign nationals and other foreign individuals in processing and obtaining ITINs (Individual Tax Identifying Number) from the IRS.
CAA’s review applicants documentation, complete a Certificate of Accuracy (CoA), forward the CoA, W7/ ITIN application, and initial Tax Return to the IRS for review and processing.
An ITIN/W7 Certifying Acceptance Agent can certify your application so that you do not have to mail your original identification documents to the IRS. Being without your identification documents is at best inconvenient. By using a Certifying Acceptance Agent, you do not have to worry about when your original identification papers will be returned to you in the mail.
Acceptable documents for identity and foreign status
- Passport (stand alone document)
- National identification card (must show photo, name, current address, date of birth, and expiration date)
- U.S. driver’s license
- Civil birth certificate (required for dependents under 18 years of age)
- Foreign driver’s license
- U.S. state identification card
- Foreign voter’s registration card
- U.S. military identification card
- Foreign military identification card
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) photo identification
- Medical records (dependents only- under14, under 18if a student)
- School records (dependents only- under 14, under18if a student)
W7 / ITIN Certification Information
For more information about ITIN and W7 Certification, go to our ITIN/W7 Questions and Answers page.
Be Sure to Find a “Certifying Acceptance Agent,” Not Just an “Acceptance Agent”
An “Acceptance Agent” cannot legally complete a CoA. This means the applicant must mail the original identification documents to the IRS in order to process and approve an ITIN application. In this circumstance, applicants must include a self-addressed stamped envelope in their submission to the IRS in order to have their original documents returned.
Organizations that only have an Acceptance Agent designation from the IRS can only counsel and/or advise ITIN applicants. They cannot certify ITIN Applications. Therefore, original support documents must still be mailed to the IRS for review.