The IRS gives Individual Taxpayer Identity Numbers (ITINs) to those who need a U.S. taxpayer identification number but are not qualified for a Social Security number (SSN).
A tax return uses an ITIN to identify you, your spouse, or a dependant without an SSN. For example, if you’re an immigrant waiting for legal status to work or live in the U.S., you’ll need an ITIN to submit a tax return.
People filing income taxes without social security numbers, including undocumented immigrants, pay more income tax than Donald Trump and many other very wealthy people in our Country. FYI, they also pay payroll taxes like SS but cannot collect. https://t.co/RwV8sqFJtE
Yes. ITIN holders may receive various tax benefits.
Child Tax Credit
Note: Children no longer need SSNs after 2025. CTC eligibility will return to former rules—the credit will be valued up to $1,000 per child, and you, your spouse, and your eligible kid may claim the CTC using Schedule 8812.
Credit for Other Dependents
Recovery Rebate Credit
Child and Dependent Care Credit
American Opportunity Tax Credit
Lifetime Learning Credit
IRS Form W-7, “Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number,” is required to submit a tax return without an SSN. The IRS requires Form W-7, a tax return, and identification and foreign status documentation. Original or certified copies from issuing authorities are required. Form W-7 specifies acceptable papers.
If a minor cannot sign a Form W-7, a parent or guardian must tick the box in the signature space. Adult dependents and spouses must complete and sign Forms W-7.