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Form 13551 (Rev. 9-2017)
Instructions for Form 13551, Application to Participate in the IRS Acceptance Agent Program
Purpose of this Form. All persons who wish to participate in the TIN (Taxpayer Identification
Number) Acceptance Agent Program must apply by completing this application.
What is an Acceptance Agent/Certified Acceptance Agent. Acceptance agents are individuals or
entities (colleges, financial institutions, accounting firms, etc.) that have entered into formal
agreements with the IRS that permit them to assist alien individuals and other foreign persons with
obtaining TINs. The type of duties that you are permitted to perform is based upon your application
to become an acceptance agent or a certified acceptance agent. (See Revenue Procedure 2006-10
for additional information.)
Who May Apply. Persons eligible to become acceptance agents include a financial institution
defined in section 265(b)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) or §1.165-12(c)(1)(iv) of the
regulations, a college or university that is an educational organization defined in §1.501(c)(3)-1(d)(3)
(i), a federal agency defined in section 6402(h) of the Code, state and local governments, including
agencies responsible for vital records, community-based organizations defined in section 501(c)(3)
or (d) of the Code, persons that provide assistance to taxpayers in the preparation of their tax
returns, and any other person or categories of persons that may be authorized by regulations or IRS
procedures. An eligible person may be a U.S. person or a foreign person. Each individual listed as a
Principal, Partner or Owner of the business, authorized representative or primary/ alternate contact
of the business must have attained the age of 18 as of the date of this application.
When to Apply. New and renewal applications may be submitted year-round. However, to prevent
interruption of your business operations, a renewal application should be submitted at least six
months before the expiration date of your Agreement. It can take up to four months from the time
that you submit your application to receive your approved Acceptance Agent Agreement from IRS.
How to Apply. All new and renewing persons will be required to complete Form 13551 (Application
to Participate in the IRS Acceptance Agent Program). In addition, there must be an attached
fingerprint card or proof of professional status for each individual listed on Line 5 as an Authorized
Representative (see instructions for fingerprint cards below.) Prior to applying for Acceptance Agent
Status, mandatory training must be completed and the self-certification at the end of the training
must be signed and attached to your Form 13551 when submitting it to IRS. The training is available
online at www.IRS.gov/itinagents. Original forensic training documentation for new and renewal
applications submitted by Certified Acceptance Agents must also be attached. Note: Your
application to become an a Certified Acceptance Agent will not be processed without an attached,
signed, self-certification training and documentation of forensic training.
Fingerprint Cards. Each individual listed as a responsible party or authorized representative of the
business must have attained the age of 18 as of the date of this application. If the authorized
representative is an attorney, CPA or enrolled agent, but not a certified Electronic Return Originator
(ERO), evidence of U.S. professional status may be submitted in lieu of the fingerprint card. The
following persons are exempt from the fingerprinting requirement: a financial institution within the
meaning of I.R.C. 265(b)(5) or Treasury Regulations 1.1 65-1 2(c)(1)(iv), a college or university that
qualifies as an educational organization under Treasury Regulations 1.501 (c)(3)-l (d)(3)(i), a casino,
Federal agencies as defined in IRC 6402(g) an ERO in good standing with the IRS and foreign
nationals without a Social Security Number (SSN) residing outside the United States. (Evidence of
your professional status may be obtained by contacting the issuing authority.)
Note: Individuals CANNOT take their own fingerprints. The fingerprint card used for the Acceptance
Agent Program is unique, and should be obtained by calling the IRS Austin Campus at
1-866-255-0654. If the authorized representative of the business changes, the business must
submit an amended application, including a new fingerprint card, if required, for the authorized
representative. Your application will not be processed if you do not provide a completed fingerprint
card or evidence of professional status and the original signature of both the authorized
representative and the principal, partner or owner or owner of the business. Faxed copies or
photocopies of this application will not be accepted.
When to Update Information. Acceptance Agents must notify the IRS within 30 days of all changes
to the information they originally submitted on Form 13551, Application to Participate in the IRS
Acceptance Agent Program, by completing another Form 13551 and checking the “amended” box
and attach a signed statement explaining the changes. This is important for several reasons. If
information is not up-to-date on our database, you may not receive important IRS information or
correspondence. Be sure to fully complete the application changing only the information that is
different from that submitted on the original Form 13551. The revised Form 13551 will not change
your address of record for tax purposes, nor will it automatically update information associated with
your EIN (Employer’s Identification Number).
Where to Apply. Send Form 13551, along with your completed fingerprint card or evidence of
professional status if required, forensic documentation, and mandatory training certification to:
Internal Revenue Service
3651 S. IH 35
Austin, TX 78741
Note: Be sure that your application has been fully completed and contains the signature of the
authorized representative and principal, partner or owner of the original business. (See instructions
for Line 20.) To be valid, the mandatory training certification must be dated within 120 days of the
date entered on Line 22.
Who to Contact for Assistance. If you need additional assistance in completing this application
you can email the ITIN Policy Section at firstname.lastname@example.org
where someone will respond to
you. For additional information about Acceptance Agents, refer to Revenue Procedure 2006-10. For
additional information about the Form W-7, see Publication 1915 Understanding Your Individual
Taxpayer Identification Number - ITIN.
How To Complete The Form Check the applicable box to indicate if you are (1) a NEW applicant, (i.
e. the first time that the Business is applying for Acceptance Agent/Certified Acceptance Agent
status), (2) seeking Renewal of a AA/CAA Agreement that will be expiring or (3) Amending
information on a Business that is already an AA/CAA (i.e. submitting an application for a new
authorized representative; changing primary or alternate contacts, etc.) See Revenue Procedure
2006-10 for additional information on Acceptance Agents. For additional information on submitting
an amended application, see “When to Update Information” above.
Line 1. Check the box which best describes the organizational status of the business. If the “Other”
box is checked, please insert a brief explanation that best describes the organizational status. Also
check the box that best describes the professional status of the applicant. CPAs, Attorneys and
Enrolled Agents must attach a copy of an unexpired credential. For example, a valid CPA license, a
record from the state bar, or Enrolled Agent enrollment card. If the “Other” box is checked, please
insert a brief explanation that best describes the professional status. If you are applying for
Acceptance Agent status as a nonprofit organization, attach a copy of your IRS exemption letter.
Line 2. Enter the legal name of the business and the name of the principal, partner or owner of the
business along with their PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) if one was issued. A PTIN must
be obtained by all enrolled agents, as well as all tax return preparers who are compensated for
preparing, or assisting in the preparation of, all or substantially all of any U.S. federal tax return. If your
firm is a sole proprietorship, enter the name of the sole proprietor. If the applicant is an entity, provide
the state, including the District of Columbia (or if outside the United States, the country under whose
laws the entity was created or organized). If submitting an amended application and the legal name of
the business is not changing, be sure this entry is identical to the one on your original application. The
Principal, Partner or Owner of the business is defined below: For entitles with shares of interests
traded on a public exchange, or which are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
that individual is (a) the “principal” officer if the business is a corporation, (b) a general “partner”, if a
partnership, (c) the “owner” of an entity that is disregarded as separate from its owner, or (d) a
grantor, owner or trustor, if a trust. For all other entities, it is the person who has a level of control
over, or entitlement to, the funds or assets in the entity that, as a practical matter, enables the
individual, directly or indirectly, to control, manage or direct the entity and the disposition of its funds
Line 3. If the business is already an authorized IRS e-file provider, enter the EFIN (Electronic Filing
Identification Number). An authorized IRS e-file provider is a business (sole proprietorship,
partnership, corporation or other entity) that has been accepted into the IRS e-filing program and has
been assigned an electronic filing identification number. The EFIN must be the registered number for
the location specified and EIN.
Line 4. Enter the IRS issued Employer Identification Number (EIN). Note: All applicants must obtain
an EIN before submitting this application.
Line 5. Enter the name, title and PTIN of the authorized representative. This person will be the official
point of contact with the IRS and is responsible for ensuring that all requirements of the Acceptance
Agent program are followed. They are the only individuals, other than the principal, partner or owner (if
also listed as an authorized representative), who have authority to sign the Certificates of Accuracy.
Each business location is permitted to select up to ten authorized representatives. If you need extra
space to add additional authorized representatives for the business location listed on Page 1, or for
additional business locations, use the continuation sheet attached to the Form 13551.
Line 6. Enter the date of birth of the authorized representative of the business listed on Line 5. This
information should be entered in mm/dd/yyyy format (i.e. April 15, 1950, should be entered as
Line 7. Enter the Social Security Number or TIN of the authorized representative of the business. If
you are a foreign national living outside the U.S. and do not have an SSN or ITIN, please enter N/A.
Line 8. Enter the complete home address of the authorized representative of the business (street, city/
county, state/country and zip code/foreign postal code).
Line 9. Check the box which describes the legal status (in the U.S.) of the person entered on line 5.
Attach a copy of the green card or visa, if you are not a U.S. citizen but are residing in the U.S.
Line 10. If you answered “Yes” to the suitability question in box 10, please provide an explanation
including dates and circumstances and why you believe that it should not affect your fitness to be an
acceptance agent or certified acceptance agent. You will also need to attach fingerprint cards with
Line 11. For the purpose of becoming an acceptance agent, if a “doing business as” (DBA) name is
used other than the name provided on Line 2, enter that information here and include a brief
explanation. Use an additional sheet of paper if you need more space. Note: The business will be
authorized to operate as an AA/CAA only under the name provided here or on Line 2.
Line 12. Enter the complete street address, city/county, state/country and zip code/foreign postal code
where the business is located. Note: A post office box (P.O. Box) will not be accepted as part of the
Line 13. Enter the telephone number, fax number, and email address of the business. If, in addition to
the business telephone, there is another number where you would like to be contacted by IRS, you
may enter that information on this line also, notating that it is the alternative telephone number.
Line 14. This line should be completed only if you are using a business mailing address that is
different from the address entered on Line 12. The same mailing address can not be used for multiple
Line 15. Check the “yes” or “no” box to indicate if the business provides tax related services year
round (January through December). If the answer is “no”, provide a brief explanation why the
business does not provide tax related services year round.
Line 15a. Enter the volume of Forms W-7 that you anticipate filing during a 12 month calendar period.
Lines 16 and 17. Enter the name of the primary and alternate contact(s) only if different than the
authorized representative(s) of the business (individual listed on Line 5 or on the continuation sheet(s)
to the application). This is the person that has been authorized by the business to contact the ITIN
Operations to inquire about the status of W-7 applications, but they are not permitted to sign the Form
W-7(COA). Also provide the person’s business title, telephone and fax numbers and their email
address. Each business location may have one primary and one alternate contact.
Line 18. You may attach a separate statement to provide a detailed description of the activities
performed by the business which would validate this request for Acceptance Agent status. For
example, a tax preparation firm preparing U.S. federal income tax returns for nonresident alien real
estate investors who do not qualify for an SSN, would establish your purpose for applying for entry
into the AA Program.
Line 19. The principal, partner or owner of the business may request to be included on a public list of
acceptance agents published by the IRS on its website by checking this box.
Lines 20 and 21. Both the authorized representative and the principal, partner or owner must print
and sign their name to this application. By signing the application you are authorizing the Internal
Revenue Service to conduct suitability checks as referenced in the Revenue Procedure.
Line 22. Enter the date that this application is signed.
Pages 3 and 4 – (Continuation sheets)
Note: Must be attached to a Form 13551 when submitted to IRS. Use pages 3 and 4 to add additional
authorized representatives or a primary and alternate contact for a business location. If the business
operates at more than one location, use a separate continuation sheet for each additional office. The
continuation pages must also be signed and dated by the Principal, Partner or Owner of the Business
(signature space provided on page 4) and each additional authorized representative, pursuant to the
signature requirements for Form 13551, Lines 20 and 21.