Noncitizens Reaching Out To The IRS
As Tax Day 2010 approaches, the IRS reports that requests for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) have tripled over the past ten years. ITINs allow people who are required to pay taxes for earned income, but who are not otherwise eligible for a Social Security number to pay taxes. These people include foreign investors, foreign –born students, visitors, and undocumented noncitizens.
According to the IRS, contributing to the rise in issuance of ITINs is the increasing number of undocumented noncitizens who are being motivated to pay taxes with immigration reform in the horizon. Their motivation - by paying their taxes, undocumented citizens hope to show the government they are hardworking contributors to society who are worthy of legal residency and citizenship if immigration reform become a reality.
Contrary to popular myth, the ITIN does not confer any lawful status or employment eligibility to the ITIN holder. ITINs are strictly a way for a person to pay their federal taxes.
For more information about ITINs, contact the IRS.
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