Can employers accept an ITIN card?

What is an ITIN Number?

An ITIN is a nine-digit number issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who are required for U.S. federal tax purposes to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have and are not eligible to get a social security number (SSN).  The ITIN is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure that people – including unauthorized immigrants – pay taxes even if they do not have a Social Security number and regardless of their immigration status. Fact Sheet about ITINs.

Can a Person Get Hired with an ITIN card?

ITIN is for federal tax reporting only and is not intended to serve any other purpose.  An ITIN does not authorize work in the U.S. or provide eligibility for Social Security benefits or the Earned Income Tax Credit.  ITINs are not valid identification outside the tax system.  The ITIN card is not a valid document listed on either List A or List B of the Form I9.

What is the IRS Guidance on ITINs?

Do not accept an ITIN in place of an SSN for employee identification or for work. An ITIN is only available to resident and nonresident aliens who are not eligible for U.S. employment and need identification for other tax purposes. You can identify an ITIN because it is a 9-digit number, beginning with the number “9” and is formatted like an SSN (NNN-NN-NNN). Note: An individual with an ITIN who later becomes eligible to work in the United States must obtain an SSN.  Click here for more IRS info.

 

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