An estimated 15 million immigrants in the United States are not eligible to obtain a Social Security number. However, many of these same individuals pay taxes on income and are obligated to file tax returns.If this sounds confusing to you, then you're not alone.

The Internal Revenue Service stated that "ITINs [Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers] are issued to help individuals comply with U.S tax laws, and to provide a means to efficiently process and account for tax returns and payments for those not eligible for Social Security Numbers."

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