A new survey of NCLR Affiliates reveals challenges Certified Acceptance Agents face in assisting immigrants through the process
In the weeks ahead, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will implement a requirement enacted last December that immigrants with older Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) must revalidate. The details of the revalidation process are not yet known but it is clear that Certified Acceptance Agents (CAAs) will be critical. CAAs are full-time staff, frequently at community-based tax preparers, providing immigrants with one-on-one assistance when applying for an ITIN.
One way that CAAs help is by certifying identity documents as originals and submitting an ITIN application on behalf of an immigrant. The IRS currently requires original identity documents—including birth certificates or passports—from immigrants applying for an ITIN. Once an application is submitted, it may take 10–14 weeks before these documents are returned with the ITIN.