Taxpayer Identity Protection PIN

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Starting in January 2021, the IRS will expand the IP PIN voluntary opt-in program nationwide. The six-digit IP PIN provides additional protection against tax-related identity theft.

How It Works

Starting in January 2021, taxpayers may go to the IRS’ Get an IP PIN tool, pass Secure Access authentication, and immediately access a six-digit IP PIN.

Here are some other tips you should know.

  • Do not file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, for those who are not a tax-related identity theft victim, nor who are voluntarily opt into the program.
  • When prompted by tax preparation products, you or your tax preparer must enter the IP PIN issued to the primary and/or secondary taxpayers or their dependents.
  • An electronic return without a correct IP PIN will be rejected; paper returns will be subject to greater scrutiny.
  • Taxpayers with either a Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) can verify their identities are eligible.
  • An IP PIN is valid for one calendar year. You must obtain a new IP PIN each year at the start of the tax filing season by accessing the account they created.
  • While currently there is no opt-out feature, the IRS is looking to add that feature later for taxpayers with online access. 

Online Alternatives

Taxpayers who cannot authenticate their identities online and who made $72,000 or less may file Form 15227, which will be available January 2021. An IRS assistor will call taxpayers to ask a series of questions to verify their identities. An IP PIN will be issued at the start of the next calendar year.

Taxpayers who cannot authenticate online and who made more than $72,000 will have an option, still being vetted, to verify their identities in person at an IRS office. An IP PIN will be issued within 3 weeks if their identity is authenticated at a local office.

Victims of Tax-Related Identity Theft

If you believe you’ve been a victim of tax identity theft, here are the steps to take.

  • File a Form 14039 for those whose e-filed returns were rejected because a duplicate SSN filing; mail it with the paper tax return.
  • The IRS will investigate the case and remove the fraudulent return.
  • Once the case is resolved, the client automatically will receive an IP PIN via postal mail at the start of the next calendar year.
  • Confirmed identity theft victims may not opt-out of the IP PIN program because of risks.


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