Why Should I File a Tax Return?
What is an ITIN?
Who Can Qualify for an ITIN?
What if I Lose my Eviction Case?
exemptions on the tax return.
How do I Apply for an ITIN?
You can apply for an ITIN by filling out Form W-7, showing documents that prove foreign status and identity, and filing the Form W-7 at the same time that you file your tax return.
To prove Foreign Status you can use a:
The documents to prove identity and foreign status must be current, be the originals, certified copies, or copies signed by a U.S. notary.
The Form W-7 is available in Spanish.
You must fill out the Form W-7 completely and the name listed on the W-7 form must match the name on your documents that prove foreign status and identity.
In the box marked “status” you should put “Resident Alien” if you have a green card or if you have lived in the U.S. for 184 or more days in the present year. You should put “Nonresident Alien” if you do not have a green card or have not been living in the U.S. for 184 days during the past year.
More Information on How to File
You can fill out a form W-7 for a dependent age 13 or younger. You can sign their form if you are a parent or a court-appointed guardian..
You can file the W-7 form with your tax return at a local IRS office. For a list of your local offices go to www.irs.gov or call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
How Long Do I Have to Wait to Get My ITIN and How Much Does it Cost?
It takes 4-6 weeks to receive your ITIN. If you do not receive it within this time, then contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
The ITIN is free! If a tax preparer assists you in filling out the form, they may charge a fee. You can seek assistance with the form from your local IRS office for no cost.
South Carolina Legal Services makes every effort to accommodate the Limited English Proficient community in South Carolina. We provide telephonic interpretation, document translation, and in-person interpretation for meetings with clients and applicants upon their request. We also provide services to the deaf or hard of hearing community and to the blind.
- Consumer & Bankruptcy
- Federal Income Tax
- Migrant Farm Workers
- Public Benefits
Additional information may be found at:
South Carolina’s guide to free legal resources
This brochure was prepared by South Carolina Legal Services and is provided as a public service.
Copyright retained by South Carolina Legal Services
Printed April 2010
South Carolina Legal Services is a statewide law firm that provides civil legal services to protect the rights and represent the interests of low-income South Carolinians.
All low-income South Carolinians will have full and fair access to justice.