How to Resolve a CP566 Notice (and Get Your ITIN Successfully!)

CP566 Notice

CP-566 is one of a few difference notices you can receive after you apply for an ITIN. While this notice isn’t a good thing – it isn’t a bad thing either.

If you receive a CP-566 notice it means the IRS received your application for an ITIN, but the application was incomplete or missing documents.

If you filed your ITIN application on your own, consider using an ITIN service to make sure the paperwork is filed properly to avoid any additional notices.

If you fail to reply to your CP566 notice in 45 days, your ITIN application will be REJECTED.

If you’d like to resolve your CP-566 notice, contact Sina Bonabi, IRS Certifying Acceptance Agent, at or talk to him directly at 818-335-1488 to help you get your ITIN.


What Does a CP-566 Notice Mean?

Receiving a CP-566 notice is not a reason to panic. It just means the IRS needs additional information to process your ITIN application.

You received this notice because you didn’t fill out the form properly or you didn’t send the proper documentation.


What Should You Do After Receiving a CP-566 Notice

After you receive a CP-566 notice, contact Sina Bonabi at or talk to him directly at 818-335-1488 if you’ve received a CP-566 or CP-567 notice.

it is important to follow these steps to resolve the issue:

  • Read over the application instructions
  • Double check to make sure you don’t qualify for a social security number (SSN) and actually need an ITIN
  • Double check your application to make sure you filled in everything
  • Double check your documentation
  • Ensure documents are translated into English by a certified translator
  • Fill out and sign your response to the notice
  • Mail your response to the notice along with any requested documentation


How to Get Help With Your ITIN Application

The paperwork associated with applying for an ITIN can be overwhelming for someone who has never done it before.

Making it through the paperwork and submitting it only to get a notice that you made a mistake or forgot to send something in can be incredibly frustrating.

Fortunately, applying for your ITIN isn’t something you have to manage on your own.

Whether you’ve previously applied for an ITIN and received a CP-566 notice or you are applying for the first time, you can send an email to Sina Bonabi, IRS Certifying Acceptance Agent, at for help with the process.


What is an ITIN?

ITIN is short for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, your ITIN is your tax processing number that was issued to you by the IRS.

IRS issues ITIN to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN).

ITINs are issued regardless of immigration status because both resident and nonresident aliens may have a U.S. filing or reporting requirement under the Internal Revenue Code. Individuals must have a filing requirement and file a valid federal income tax return to receive an ITIN, unless they meet an exception.


What is ITIN Used For?

An ITIN is for individuals who require a taxpayer identification number that do not meet the requirements for an SSN.

ITINs are for federal tax reporting only. IRS issues ITINs to help individuals comply with the 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 (SSNs).

An ITIN does not authorize work in the U.S. or provide eligibility for Social Security benefits or the Earned Income Tax Credit.

ITIN is used for:

  • ITIN serves as your identification number for filing your taxes.
  • ITIN allows you to get a tax refund from the IRS (if you qualify)
  • ITIN allows you to file your taxes and claim dependents you support in the U.S., Mexico or Canada.
  • ITIN allows you to open a bank account or apply for a mortgage loan.


Is ITIN the Same as SSN?

An ITIN is a tax identification number for nonresident and resident aliens, their spouses, and dependents who do not qualify for an SSN. It is a nine-digit number that looks a lot like a SSN, but starts with the number nine.


Who Needs to Apply for ITIN?

If you are a non-U.S. resident that needs to file a federal tax return, you need to have an ITIN to substitute for the SSN required to file a tax return.

A non-citizen who has to file a federal tax return or a tax reporting document and does not qualify for an SSN needs an ITIN.

ITIN is often given to individuals who have to pay U.S. taxes but are not eligible for a social security number.

IRS issues ITINs to foreign nationals and others who have federal tax reporting or filing requirements and do not qualify for SSNs. A non-resident alien individual not eligible for a SSN who is required to file a U.S. tax return only to claim a refund of tax under the provisions of a U.S. tax treaty needs an ITIN.

You must obtain an ITIN if:

  1. You do not have an SSN and are not eligible to obtain one, and
  2. You are a:
    • Non-U.S. resident alien who is required to file a U.S. tax return
    • U.S. resident alien who is filing a U.S. tax return
    • Dependent or spouse of a U.S. citizen/resident alien
    • Dependent or spouse of a non-U.S. resident alien visa holder


What Documentation is Needed for ITIN Application

To apply for an ITIN, you need photographic identification that is not expired. Your identification needs to have the same named as the name on your application and your tax return.

The following documents can be used for your ITIN application:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Birth Certificate
  • State or Military Identification
  • Foreign Voter Registration
  • S. School Records (For Dependents)
  • S. Medical Records (For Dependents)

Foreign records must come from a country the U.S. State Department recognizes to fulfill the requirements of the application.


How Long Do You Have to Reply To Your CP566 Notice?

You have 45 days to reply to your CP566 notice.


What Happens if You Do Not Reply to Your CP566 Notice?

If you fail to reply to your CP566 notice in 45 days, your ITIN application will be rejected. Fortunately, you will be able to submit a new one.


How Long Will It Take The Application to be Processed?

It takes the IRS typically 3 to 5 weeks to process an ITIN application.


What is a CP-567 Notice?

Unlike the CP-566, a 567 is cause for concern as this notice means your application was denied by the IRS. Your rejection notice will contain a number to the IRS you can call for additional information regarding the rejection.

An ITIN application is usually denied because of a mistake somewhere in the paperwork.

After receiving a CP-567 notice, it is in your best interest to use a professional ITIN service instead of re-applying yourself.


What is a CP-565A Notice?

A CP-565A is a cause for celebration as it means your application was not only received, but it was approved. It also means the IRS has officially assigned you an ITIN.


What Should You Do When You Receive a CP-565A Notice?

After receiving this notice, you should read the details carefully to make sure your name and date of birth are correct.

Once you determine everything is correct, you are free to use the ITIN to file your taxes.

Just remember to report back to the IRS if you become eligible for an SSN. A person should never have both an ITIN and an SSN.

After receiving a CP-565A notice there is nothing more you need to do regarding your ITIN – beyond using it to file your taxes.


What To DO Next

A professional ITIN service takes the headache out of applying. A professional service can help you obtain all the right documentation.

With a professional ITIN service, you don’t have to worry about CP-566 o CP-567 notices. A professional isn’t going to make mistakes on your paperwork.

Email Sina Bonabi at if you’ve received a CP-566 or CP-567 notice.

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