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Starting Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Get an IP PIN tool will be available at IRS.gov/IPPIN for taxpayers who need to retrieve a lost/missing IP PIN or certain taxpayers who want to voluntarily enter the IP PIN opt-in program.
The IP PIN is a six-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of their Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns. An IP PIN helps the IRS verify a taxpayer’s identity and accept their electronic or paper tax return. It prevents an identity thief from filing a tax return with a stolen SSN.
Taxpayers who are confirmed victims of identity theft will receive in the mail a CP01A Notice with their IP PIN. If they do not receive the notice in time or lose the notice, they can use the Get an IP PIN tool to retrieve their IP PIN.
The IRS also is expanding the voluntary opt-in program in phases. To be eligible for 2020, taxpayers must have filed a federal return last year as a resident of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas or Washington.
States are being added in phases until the program moves nationwide. The IRS encourages tax professionals to assist their clients who want to voluntarily opt into this IP PIN Program. See Publication 5367, the IP PIN Opt-In Program for Taxpayers (PDF, in English and Spanish), for details.
Taxpayers opting into the program must use the online tool to get an IP PIN, which includes a rigorous identity verification process. The IRS is working on other options but currently taxpayers in the opt-in program cannot call to obtain an IP PIN.
The IRS will share additional communications with taxpayers in those selected states once the filing season begins. See IRS.gov/IPPIN for information.
About the IP PIN
The Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) is a 6-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers. It helps prevent identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns with stolen Social Security numbers (SSNs). An IP PIN helps the IRS verify taxpayers’ identities and accept their electronic or paper tax returns for processing. The IRS issues IP PINs to confirmed identity theft victims once their cases are resolved. This process is unchanged. What is new for 2020 is the expanded number of taxpayers who are not IDT victims but who are eligible to opt into the IP PIN program. These taxpayers can opt-in by using the Get an IP PIN tool on IRS.gov.
Who is eligible for the IP PIN Opt-In Program?
IP PIN eligibility for taxpayers who want to opt into the program is expanding in phases. At the start of the 2020 filing season, you may opt into the program if you filed a federal return last year from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington. Additional locations will be eligible later in 2020.
About the IP PIN Opt-in Program
The IP PIN is a valuable tool against tax-related identity theft. Here’s what you need to know before applying:
How to Get an IP PIN
Eligible taxpayers who want an IP PIN can go to www.irs.gov/ippin to access the Get an IP PIN tool. Taxpayers who do not already have an account, must register with the IRS.
Make sure you have all the necessary identity verification items:
´ Credit card – last 8 digits (no American Express, debit or corporate cards) or
´ Student loan or
´ Mortgage or home equity loan or
´ Home equity line of credit (HELOC) or
´ Auto loan
See www.irs.gov/secureaccess for tips on how to successfully authenticate your identity. Once you are registered and able to access the Get an IP PIN tool, your six-digit number will be revealed to you.
Publication 5367(EN-SP) (11-2019) Catalog Number 73362D Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service www.irs.gov
IMPORTANT: The IRS will never email, text or call you to request your IP PIN. Do not reveal your IP PIN to anyone but your trusted tax software provider or tax preparer. Neither your provider nor preparer will ask for your IP PIN except to complete your tax return. Protect your IP PIN from theft, especially scams.
Evelyn Dyson Lee
Sr. Stakeholder Liaison – Area 4
Communications and Liaison (C&L)