I was given an ITIN approximately three years ago for the sale of the house in Florida. All of my documents are presently in storage and I am trying to retrieve my ITIN number.
I have called the phone number for the ITIN retrieval (808-908-9982) 20 times and it is always busy. Is there an alternative way of finding out what my ITIN is.
Thank you very much.
I turned to my tax expert friend Jim Buttonow for advice. Here is what Jim said.
“IRS phone lines have very long waiting times. I just called the (800) 908-9982 (I used option “3” for “other” request) and was able to get through in 10 minutes. Calling early is best (7-8 AM is best).
There are four other options:
- Go to an in-person IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (best to get an appointment):
- Get a tax professional to call for you: you can visit a local tax pro who can get on the phone with you and ask. Tax pros have a special hotline (called the Practitioner Priority Service line) that gets through quickly.
- Call the 1-800-829-1040 number: they can answer account-related questions
- Go back to the company that needed your original ITIN for the property transaction – they should have a copy of any information return that they filed under your ITIN.
When I spoke to the 800-908-9982 IRS representative, they said to call between 7-8 AM Eastern Time.”
Now how is that for a comprehensive answer from Jim?
He’s a rockstar.