Taxpayers applying for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers are running into many problems with rejection of Form W-7.
The latest has been that the IRS has rejected appropriately filed applications right down to correctly certified copies of the passport. Individuals applying on their own accord are able to call the ITIN hotline on +1 512 433 5966 for assistance.
NZ US Tax Specialists is a Certifying Acceptance Agent for individuals wishing to obtain an ITIN. We put a Power of Attorney in place at the time that the application is made, which enables us to discuss the application directly with the IRS.
Tip: ensure that the latest version of Form W-7 is used, being January 2013, as the IRS seems to have the spotlight on which version of forms are being submitted, and will frequently reject obsolete forms filed.