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IRS Offers Identity Protection PIN

 

As described in the IRS notice below, an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is now available to all taxpayers.

An IP PIN is a six-digit number that prevents someone else from filing a tax return using your Social Security number. The IP PIN is known only to you and the IRS and helps us verify your identity when you file your electronic or paper tax return.

Eligibility

If you are a confirmed victim of identity theft and we have resolved your tax account issues, we’ll mail you a CP01A Notice with your IP PIN each year. Also, you may voluntarily opt into the IP PIN program as a proactive way to protect yourself from tax-related identity theft.

If you want to opt in, please note:

  • You must pass a rigorous identity verification process.
  • Spouses and dependents are eligible for an IP PIN if they can pass the identity proofing process.

How to get an IP PIN

If you’re a confirmed identity theft victim, we will mail you an IP PIN on a CP01A Notice if your case is resolved prior to the start of the next filing season.

If you’re volunteering for the IP PIN Opt-In Program you should use the online Get an IP PIN tool. If you don’t already have an account on IRS.gov, you must register to validate your identity. Before you register, read about the secure access identity authentication process. Note:

  • An IP PIN is valid for one calendar year.
  • You must obtain a new IP PIN each year.
  • The IP PIN tool is generally unavailable mid-November through mid-January each year.

For more information, visit the IRS Get an IP PIN page.

 
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