As a Certifying Acceptance Agent, we help US resident and non-resident aliens, as well as other foreign taxpayers (who are ineligible to obtain a SSN) to apply for an individual taxpayer identification number from the Internal Revenue Service. We offer professional help on behalf of the IRS to individuals filing an ITIN application.
We have a formal agreement described under Section 301.6109-1(d)(3)(iv)(A) of the U.S. Treasury Regulations with the IRS. The agreement allows us to assist applicants to apply for an ITIN by reviewing the W-7 form and supporting documentation (US tax return or documentation to support an exception), issuing a certificate to prove the applicant’s identity and foreign status, and forwarding the paperwork to the IRS ITIN office for processing. Once an ITIN is issued, it is forwarded to the applicant.
What is the difference between an IRS Acceptance Agent and an IRS Certifying Acceptance Agent?
Both help eligible individuals to apply for an IRS ITIN number, however, there are two (2) main distinct differences. First of all, a Certifying Acceptance Agent can certify an applicant’s identification documents whereas an Acceptance Agent cannot.
Individuals applying through an Acceptance Agent must either submit their original identification documents, or submit a copy certified by the issuing agency, a State Department employee at a US Embassy or Consulate, a US notary public, or a foreign notary authorized under the Hague Convention. Secondly, a Certifying Acceptance Agent can receive the IRS ITIN number whereas an Acceptance Agent cannot. It is much more convenient to utilize the services of a Certifying Acceptance Agent as compared to the services of an Acceptance Agent when applying for an IRS ITIN number.
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