I am an IRS Certifying Acceptance Agent
Colleen E. Harrison, Enrolled Agent
Certifying Acceptance Agent
The information below is available in Publication 1915 promulgated by the IRS.
Acceptance Agents (AAs) are persons individuals or entities (colleges, financial institutions, accounting firms, etc.) who have entered into formal agreements with the IRS that permit them to assist applicants in obtaining ITINs.
Certifying Acceptance Agents (CAAs) are individuals or entities who assume a greater responsibility. They are also authorized to verify the applicant’s claim of “identity” and “foreign status” through a review of appropriate documentation, as well as verifying the authenticity, accuracy and completeness of the supporting documentation. They will submit your Form W-7,attached U.S. Federal income tax return, and any supplemental documentation to the IRS on your behalf. In addition, once the ITIN is issued, the CAA receives the applicant’s number directly from IRS.
IRS does not charge a fee to obtain an ITIN, however, a person acting as an AA/CAA may charge a fee for his/her services.
Note: Even if you are utilizing the services of an Acceptance agent, you must follow all procedures outlined in this Publication for obtaining an ITIN, (i.e. attaching Form W-7/W-7(SP) to your U.S. Federal income tax return, unless you meet one of the "exceptions” to the tax return filing requirement).
Acceptance Agents only facilitate the application process and are not authorized to issue the ITIN directly.
The Certifying Acceptance Agent (CAA)
A Certifying Acceptance Agent (CAA) is authorized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to assist alien individuals and other foreign persons, who are ineligible or unable to receive Social Security Number (SSN), in obtaining an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) from the IRS. In addition a CCA is also authorized to submit a Form W-7 on behalf of an applicant, without having to furnish documents that support foreign status and identity.
An ITIN is a tax processing number only available for certain nonresident and resident aliens, their spouses and dependents who cannot get a SSN from the Social Security Administration (SSA). ITINs are for federal tax reporting only, and are not intended to serve any other purpose. IRS issues ITINs to help individuals comply with the U.S. tax laws, and to provide a means to efficiently process and account for tax returns and payments for those not eligible for SSNs.
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