An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a nine-digit tax processing number that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues to individuals who do not have social security numbers and are not eligible to get social security numbers. The sole purpose of an ITIN is to allow a foreign national who is subject to a U.S. filing or reporting requirement to file federal income taxes pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code. An ITIN helps these individuals comply with federal tax laws and makes it easier for the IRS to process tax filings by those who have no social security number. Examples of individuals who may need an ITIN include a nonresident alien required to file a U.S. tax return, a U.S. resident alien who is filing a U.S. tax return, and a dependent or spouse of a U.S . citizen, resident alien, or nonresident alien visa holder. In order to get an ITIN, you must file IRS Form W-7, IRS Application for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, along with documentation of your foreign or alien status and your true identity. You also must submit a copy of a federal tax return with Form W-7. You can send this form and documentation to the IRS, submit it at a walk-in IRS office, or file it through an Acceptance Agent, which is an entity that the IRS has allowed to help individuals get ITINs as needed. Common Acceptance Agents are colleges, financial institutions, and accounting firms. Obtaining an ITIN is one step that you can take to be a responsible resident of the U.S. Additionally, this is just one step that may help you have a better chance of remaining in the United States. Nonetheless, there may come a time in the near future when you need help with various legal matters, including representation in deportation proceedings. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., pride themselves on aggressively representing the interests of those immigrants who are facing potential deportation by American immigration authorities. Our goal is to gather evidence in your favor, build on a strong case on your behalf, and develop a strategy that is best designed to help you remain in the United States and move on with your life. The earlier we can get started with your case, the more likely you are to prevail in your deportation proceedings. Don’t hesitate to contact us today and learn what we can do to assist you.