Millions of ITINs expire in 2019. The IRS advises renewing as soon as possible

The IRS Internal Revenue Service is alerting about the expiration of about 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) by the end of 2019.

For this reason, the IRS is advising affected taxpayers to file their renewal applications as soon as possible to avoid delays in next year’s tax refunds.

“We urge taxpayers with ITINs expiring this year to take action and renew them as soon as possible. Renewing them before the end of the year will avoid unnecessary delays related to refunds.” said Chuck Rettig, IRS commissioner.

Under the Protecting Americans from Increased Taxes (PATH) Act, ITINs that have not been used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three consecutive years will expire on December 31, 2019.

In addition, ITINs with middle digits 83, 84, 85, 86 or 87 that have not yet been renewed will also expire at the end of the year, the IRS said in a statement.

Affected taxpayers who expect to file a tax return in 2020 should submit a renewal application as soon as possible.

The individual taxpayer identification number is a nine-digit number issued by the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) to those who do not qualify for a social security number and who need to file a tax return.

These numbers are issued regardless of the person’s immigration status and the process is designed to facilitate the payment of taxes. The IRS does not share private taxpayer information with immigration agents.

The sole purpose of the ITIN is to process and post tax returns and payments. An ITIN does not authorize the person to work in the US, nor does it provide eligibility to obtain social security benefits.

To renew an ITIN, the taxpayer must complete a Form W-7 and submit all required documentation. Taxpayers who submit a Form W-7 to renew their ITIN do not have to attach a federal tax return.

However, taxpayers still need to note the reason they need an ITIN on Form W-7. See the instructions for Form W-7 for detailed information by visiting