- I am in the process of renouncing my American citizenship.Born in USA but came to Europe at age 18 & have lived here for 50 years.
- For renunciation to go through I have to file 5 yrs back tax.
- To file taxes I need a social security number. I have no card but I believe I may have had one when I graduated HS.
- To get a replacement SS number requires American ID. I have no American ID. [I handed in my passport to the American Embassy when I renounced earlier this year. The SSA does not apparently accept PDFs.] I have TONS of UK ID.
- Also it seems that to get a SSN or replacement I need to be in America. This is expensive as well as inconvenient.
- I have asked the American Embassy for advice but they refer me to the IRS/SSA. Any ideas?
Finally found the answer! There exits a top secret Federal Benefits Unit which operates at the American Embassy in London (I live in the UK.). Took me weeks to find them but they have been helpful. They have discovered that I was issued with a SS Number in 1963 and, more unbelievably, will accept my UK passport as ID!
Email them at FBU.London@ssa.gov They apparently can't afford a telephone. Thanks to everyone who tried to help. Kind regards, Virginia Slim
The SSA has offices in US embassies. The list here has a phone number and email address for the London embassy unit. I think a US birth certificate and UK ID matching the name should be sufficient to identify you, particularly if you also have expatriation paperwork. If you finished high school in the US you almost certainly have a number already and just need someone to tell you what it is. I would hope that if you call the SSA office in the embassy they'll be more helpful than the state department was.
Since you've already renounced citizenship and surrendered your passport, you may be able to resolve the issue by applying to the IRS for an Individual Tax Identification Number, as a non-resident alien who is required to file US taxes. https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/General-ITIN-Information