If you are not an American citizen and a student in the USA, but are fortunate enough to receive a scholarship, or fellowship, you’ll need a Tax Id number. An ITIN will be that tax id number. Your University will be required to report to the IRS information regarding your scholarship and an ITIN number for you is often required.
When you apply for an ITIN you not only need to file an Application for ITIN, but you also need to file a separate tax form. The USA has tax treaties with many countries, which allow scholarships to be non-taxable. Sometimes with the ITIN application there is an additional tax form which must be filed. In all cases the forms are typically prepared and filed by a Certifying Acceptance Agent.
Call John Starnes at (248) 434-3985, People’s Tax Center. He is a CAA, licensed by the IRS to expedite the issuance of an ITIN. He’s the expert.
Certifying Acceptance Agents (CAA) are the most experienced and fastest method of obtaining an ITIN. When utilizing a CAA you DO NOT need to surrender or release your passport to the IRS. Applying for an ITIN requires completing multiple IRS tax forms, and having the proper identify documentation. Because the process is difficult and time consuming the IRS has established CAA’s to expedite the issuance of ITINs. The IRS has conducted strict education, testing and background reviews on CAA’s. CAA’s operate with an agreement with the IRS that allows the CAA to review the identification documentation, complete the ITIN application, tax forms, and expedite issuance of an ITIN.