The American Institute of CPAs has written a letter to Internal Revenue Service Commission Doug Shulman saying that new interim about how taxpayers must apply for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers for 2011 returns are burdensome and may prevent some taxpayers from getting the documentation they need to qualify for an ITIN. 

Individuals who are not eligible for a Social Security number must have an ITIN in order to meet their U.S. tax filing obligations and claim refunds.  The AICPA urged the IRS to review its decision to not accept notarized copies of identification documents, such as passports, and to issue guidance about how taxpayers who need ITINs can comply with their 2011 federal tax obligations.

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