Avoid tax refund delays
The IRS has mailed a tax tip to over 300,000 taxpayers nationwide, alerting them that the identification numbers they used on their last tax returns could delay their refunds next year. This will affect many in the agricultural and industrial fields. The mailing contained the forms to be used to apply for appropriate identification numbers.
The IRS letter explained that the law now requires every individual listed on a tax return to have either a social security number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). The ITINs, which the IRS issues, are new this year.
The IRS can no longer accept temporary numbers, "applied for" or other designations in lieu of the required numbers, it said.