Certifying Acceptance Agent
Clear View Business Solutions is a Certifying Acceptance Agent (CAA) and authorized by the IRS to assist individuals with applying for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). An ITIN is a nine-digit tax processing number issued by the IRS to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN). Individuals that are eligible for a Social Security Number may not apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
An ITIN is strictly for Federal tax reporting purposes and is not valid for any other use outside of the tax system. Those applying for an ITIN will need to prove both identity and residency status. Both resident and non-resident aliens, who have United States tax return and payment obligations, are eligible to receive an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
As a Certifying Acceptance Agent, Clear View Business authorized by the IRS to:
- Complete and submit the IRS Form W-7, Application for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) on behalf of aliens and foreign nationals.
- Review and accept the required supporting documentation (such as a valid passport or birth certificate) to verify the applicant’s identity and foreign status.
- Issue a Certificate of Accuracy (COA) that the identity documents provided are authentic, eliminating the need for applicants to submit original documents to the IRS.
- Verify that the application is complete, submit it for processing and communicate directly with the IRS regarding the issuance of the applicant’s ITIN.
Please note that a Certifying Acceptance Agent (CAA) and an Acceptance Agent (AA) are two different designations with different levels of authority granted by the IRS. While both can help eligible individuals apply for an ITIN number, only CAA’s can certify an applicant’s identification documents and receive the ITIN number directly from the IRS. Individuals applying through an AA must submit their original identification documents (or certified copies by the issuing agency) to the IRS with their application and wait to receive their ITIN number directly from the IRS.