Get an IRS Identity Protection PIN

Posted On: December 7, 2021  0 Comments

An IRS Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is a six-digit number that prevents someone else from filing a tax return using your Social Security number. It is available to all taxpayers who can provide verification of their identity. When you opt-in, you will be issued a new IP PIN annually. The IP PIN is known only to you and the IRS and helps verify your identity when you file your tax return. We encourage you to take this extra step to secure your SSN against fraudulent federal returns.

After signing up for an IP PIN, you will be issued a new IP PIN each January to be used on any federal returns submitted that calendar year. You will need to provide this IP PIN to your trusted tax preparer. The IRS will never ask you for your IP PIN for other purposes. Its only use is to verify filed returns. Phone calls, emails, or texts asking for your IP PIN are scams.

Sign up for an IRS Online Account

To opt-in to the program, you will first need an IRS Online Account. This account provides access to all the IRS online services available to individual taxpayers, including viewing your balance, making payments or creating payment plans, accessing your tax records or requesting tax transcripts, and updating your information on the Child Tax Credit Portal.

The IRS recently implemented new requirements to verify your identity when signing up for an account. Current account holders have until summer 2022 to complete the new verification process as well to maintain account access. Your identity will be verified by a third party called ID.me.

You will need:

  • An email address
  • Your Social Security Number or ITIN
  • A photo of your license or state ID OR your passport OR your passport card
  • A mobile device that can take a selfie or a computer connected to a web cam

If your documents cannot be digitally verified, you may be asked to enter a secure video call with a representative from ID.me to complete the process.

Request a PIN

Go to the IRS Get An Identity Protection PIN page. Sign in to your IRS account and use the portal to request your IP PIN. You only need to enroll once and you will be issued a new IP PIN each year. Your IP PIN should come in the mail in January as IRS Notice CP01A. You can also retrieve your annual PIN after mid-January each year from your IRS Online Account. (Note: The Get An IP PIN service is down for planned maintenance until January 2022.)

Using your IP PIN

Once a taxpayer signs up for an IP PIN, they will need to provide it annually to their trusted tax preparer. This includes spouses and any dependents listed who are signed up for the program. An e-filed return will be rejected if any of the SSN on it are associated with an IP PIN that was not provided. Not all individuals on any given return are required to sign up for an IP PIN, and only those that have one need provide it.

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