If you have been notified by the IRS that you, your spouse, or your dependent have been a victim of identity theft, they will issue an IP PIN or identity theft pin.
When it comes to federal taxes, taxpayers may not be aware they have become victims of identity theft until
- they receive a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating more than one tax return was filed with their information
- their tax return is rejected as a duplicate filing
- or IRS records show wages from an employer the taxpayer has not worked for in the past.
The IRS Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is a unique six digit number that is assigned each year to victims of identity theft for use when filing their federal tax return. The IRS issues a new PIN each year and mails the PIN to the taxpayer between November and January.
This unique pin shows that a particular taxpayer is the filer of the return. The IP PIN will allow these individuals to avoid delays in filing returns and receiving refunds. If you receive an IP PIN from the IRS you must use it to confirm your identity on your current tax return. If you do not enter your assigned pin the IRS will reject the return and this will cause delays in processing your refund.
If you did not receive your IP PIN for the current tax year:
- You may get your IP PIN online. Once you confirm your identity you will receive your IP PIN. To retrieve your IP PIN online please click here to be directed to the IRS website.
- You may contact the IRS directly at 1-800-908-4490 Ext 245 to receive a replacement pin if you are unable or unwilling to create an account on IRS.gov.
How do I enter my IP PIN into the program?
Log in to the account and select:
- Federal Section
- Miscellaneous Forms
- IRS Identification PIN
- Select the correct person and enter the IP PIN. Do not enter anything for the individuals that have not received an IP PIN.