Certification of IRS Form W-7  ITIN application form

Effective  April 17, 2017, the IRS reinstated  foreign  or non-U.S. certified acceptance agents that were disbanded  on January 1, 2017. Therefore I can certify or alternatively  review your W-7 to ensure it is complete and accurate.  You will need to submit your original passport or obtain a certified copy of the passport from Passport Canada if you wish to self-prepare the W-7 without my certification. With certification, we just need a photocopy of the passport.

The ITIN is needed for:

non-U.S persons filing U.S. tax return 1040NR, the W-7 is attached to the return
persons claiming an exemption for a non-U.S. person as an eligible dependent on a U.S. tax return
non-U.S. persons completing IRS Form W8-ECI/W8-Ben that is required for waivers for reduced withholding of the otherwise 30% U.S. non-resident tax, say on gross rental income and other passive income
purchasers of U.S. real estate from a non-U.S. person completing IRS Form 8288A or 8288-B (application for reduced withholding) on the sale of U.S. real estate
There have been changes to the process as announced in June 2012 and in November 2012 by the IRS.
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