Tax talk

Are you a Non-Resident Alien (NRA) who has invested in the Miami/Key Biscayne real estate market? If so, you may find yourself requiring a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number, commonly referred to as an “ITIN” when you sell your U.S. real property.
Text by Stacy Wynn | May 25, 2018 | Lifestyle

An ITIN is issued to an NRA who is required to file a U.S. income tax return. Generally, NRAs are required to file a U.S. tax return if they have U.S. source income such as rental income or gains on the disposition of real estate. In order to comply with U.S. tax filing obligations, the NRA must apply for an ITIN by preparing Form W-7. The application process for ITIN can be rather cumbersome, as it requires that the individual provides original documentation or certified copies by the issuing agency for proof of identity. Common documentation used for identification purposes includes the individual’s passport, birth certificate and driver’s license, which may be held by the IRS for up to 60 days. Luckily, the process of obtaining an ITIN can be streamlined by utilizing a Certified Acceptance Agent (CAA) such as Lancaster & Reed, who can review and certify the identity of the NRA and return all original documents immediately while assisting in preparation of Form W-7 during a short office visit.

› Jennifer Wanner, CPA, M. Tax, is the Tax Manager at Lancaster & Reed in Key Biscayne. She specializes in U.S. tax compliance for high-net wealth clients and foreign investors with U.S. filing obligations;

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