A group of Senate Democrats is calling on the IRS to extend the filing deadline for those unable to file for and receive the advanced child tax credit (CTC) due to the processing backlog of individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) applications.
In a July 14, 2022, letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, the Senators, led by Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), called on the IRS to “allow families who applied for an ITIN or ITIN renewal prior to April 15, 2022, to file for and receive the advanced CTC if they file a return before or on October 15, 2022.”
An ITIN is needed for taxpayers who do not have and are not eligible to receive a Social Security number but still have a U.S. tax filing requirement. This includes individuals who are nonresident aliens; U.S. resident aliens; dependents or spouses of U.S. citizen/resident alien; dependent or spouse of a nonresident alien visa holder; nonresident alien claiming a tax treaty benefit; or nonresident alien student, professor, or researcher filing a U.S. tax return claiming an exception.
The senators cite figures from the Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration stating that prior to COVID-19 pandemic, it generally took between seven and 11 weeks to process an ITIN application (depending on if it was filed during tax season).
“But, as reported by TIGTA and the IRS’ own website, processing times have increased—with ITIN application processing averaging three to four months and renewal times doubling to 41 days,” the letter states.
“Given that the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act required that an ITIN had to be issued on or before the due date of the return in order to file for the CTC, many families may not have received their ITIN prior to April 15, 2022,” the letter adds, preventing access to the benefit.