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Justice Action Center

Help an immigrant entrepreneur apply for a federal Individual Taxpayer Identification Number

Help an immigrant entrepreneur to start their business by getting a taxpayer ID number (ITIN).

Posted January 14, 2021

Background & Context

Independent contractors need a tax identification number - either a social security number or an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) - to operate their businesses. Ten individuals are ready to launch businesses, and each needs an ITIN to get started. Experience filing ITINs and/or Spanish language ability useful but not necessary.

Immediate Problem

Applying for an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) takes filling out a one-page W-7 form. The W-7 application is mostly straightforward, but determining eligibility takes some legal analysis and comfort asking follow up questions.

Work & Deliverables

We need a lawyer to join a call with an entrepreneur & ask questions to determine eligibility for an ITIN and otherwise trouble shoot obstacles to filing. Your main task will be helping entrepreneurs understand the IRS's legalese. We have staff who will help set up appointments for volunteer lawyers and entrepreneurs.
Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Review training materials on eligibility for ITIN, how to conduct intake
  • Intro call with project coordinator

Collaboration Phase

  • Join a call with the immigrant entrepreneur; conduct legal intake on eligibility for ITIN.

Wrap Up

  • Complete final project check-in with project coordinator.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: We'll train you on how to apply for an ITIN. If you run into problems, we'll be available for trouble shooting.
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Signup Deadline: February 15, 2021
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Justice Action Center

Justice Action Center is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for greater justice for immigrant communities by combining litigation and storytelling. There is tremendous unmet need in the litigation landscape for immigrant communities. JAC is committed to bringing additional litigation resources to bear to address unmet needs in currently underserved areas. There is also untapped potential in how litigation can be combined with digital strategies to empower clients and change the corrosive narrative around immigrants. Communications content around litigation that focuses primarily on putting forward legal voices to talk about immigrants does not have the same authentic voice as putting forward immigrants as the protagonists. JAC will focus on the creation of original content that amplifies immigrant voices. We believe that real change will come only when a larger base of supporters are activated on immigration issues—only then will courthouse wins pave the way for lasting change. JAC will partner with direct service providers and organizers to leverage the power of the existing landscape of immigrants’ rights organizations and also to fill in holes where impact litigation should be brought (but currently isn’t), or where communications and digital expertise could help reshape the narrative around immigration and immigrants.

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