An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a nine-digit number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service to taxpayers who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN). Individuals must have a filing requirement and file a valid federal income tax return to receive an ITIN, unless they meet an exception. It is used for tax purposes only.

New for 2014, IRS Form W-7 Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number and its instructions are now available in the TaxACT program. To enter the information for Form W-7:
  1. From within your TaxACT return (Online or Desktop), click on the Federal Q&A tab
  2. Click Basic Information to expand the category and then click Form W-7 - ITIN Application
  3. Click Add to create a new copy of the form or Review to review a form already created. A window will open for you to enter the information directly on the form.

As the TaxACT program requires a valid ITIN to calculate certain credits and deductions (i.e. Child Tax Credit), enter a dummy ITIN of 999-88-9999 for individuals who do not yet have an ITIN. This ensures the return is calculated correctly for an individual that will be receiving an ITIN. When you print the return, be sure to white out the dummy ITIN(s) from anywhere they appear in the return before mailing the Form W-7 application (and the attached tax return) to the IRS ITIN Operation Service Center. 

For filing with some states it may be possible to paper file the state return and send a copy of both the Form W-7 (ITIN application) and the Federal return. The state will let you know if they need additional information or if they prefer you wait to file your state return after receiving the ITIN from the IRS. You can check with your state Department of Revenue office to verify their preference.
 
For detailed information about the ITIN application process, please refer to the IRS website General ITIN Information* and IRS Tax Topic 857 Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) - Form W-7

*Please note, this IRS website was updated July 10, 2013 to reflect the latest ITIN application procedures. You may also want to refer to 2013 ITIN Updated Procedures FAQs for additional information.
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