PLGPC recently became the Interior’s only Certifying Acceptance Agent (CAA) authorized to act on behalf of foreign persons applying for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or ITIN via Form W-7 or Employer Identification Number (EIN) via Form SS-4. Foreign nationals, who have a valid tax filing requirement need an ITIN or EIN if they are not eligible for a Social Security Number (SSN). To apply for an ITIN or EIN, original identity documents must be sent to the IRS, who will return them within 60 days through the U.S. Postal Service. To avoid this delay and the risk of loss or damage of your original documents, foreign nationals can bring their original identity documents to PLGPC as an IRS CAA. We will verify your identity and foreign national status via your original documentation within 2-3 days. Once verified, PLGPC will submit copies of the identity document(s) along with the Form W-7 Certificate of Accuracy to the IRS as proof we have reviewed and verified the original documentation for your ITIN or EIN application. Currently, there are 12 types of documents a CAA may authenticate for an ITIN or EIN application. Also, we will explain and help you prepare the Form W-7 or Form SS-4 and ensure the required documentary evidence is complete and correct. We will submit your completed federal tax return along with the W-7 or SS-4 and copies of your identity document(s) to the IRS. Once approved, the IRS will send the Form 9844, ITIN notice, to our office, and we will provide the original to the applicant.
PLGPC is the only CAA located in Alaska’s Interior providing this service to foreign persons. Because a completed federal income tax return must accompany the W-7, please visit your tax preparer before seeking ITIN CAA services from us. PLGPC does not provide income tax return preparation services.
Obtaining an ITIN or EIN does not confer an immigration status on a foreign national applicant. But, having an ITIN can facilitate the process of applying for an immigration benefit by providing much needed evidence of marriage bona fides, for instance. Talk to one of our immigration attorneys about the benefits of an ITIN in your family-based immigration case.