New ITIN Documentation Requirements - (7/2/12)
Through the remainder of 2012, new requirements are in place for documentation accompanying requests for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN). The IRS will no longer accept ITIN requests accompanied by copies of passports or documents if the copies have been certified by a U.S. or foreign notary. To prove identity and foreign status, an individual must now provide documents that have been certified as authentic by the agency that originally issued the document. These documents will now require much more time to assemble, and the IRS plans to announce further changes to the ITIN process to take effect in 2013. Read more about the process for obtaining an ITIN.