Washington (December 22, 2003) -- The Internal Revenue Service has made major changes to the way it issues Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers to make sure they’re used for their intended purpose.

The ITIN, a nine-digit number that begins with the number nine, was created for use on tax returns for taxpayers who don’t qualify for a Social Security Number. However, the IRS said some ITINs are being used as a form of identification.

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