Get an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN)
Concerned about identity theft when filing your tax return? The IRS has rolled out a new online Identity Protection PIN program. All taxpayers are now eligible for this voluntary program.
The IP PIN is a 6-digit number that adds another layer of protection for your Social Security number(s) and helps protect against tax-related identity theft.
Taxpayers opting into the IP PIN program must use the online Get an IP PIN tool at IRS.gov/IPPIN.
The IRS has created a new publication – Publication 5367, Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program for Taxpayers – to help taxpayers understand the required steps.
If you are interested in this program, here are a few factors you should consider:
- The identity verification process is, by design, rigorous. Not everyone will be able to authenticate their identities and obtain an IP PIN.
- Taxpayers cannot call the IRS to obtain an IP PIN. The IRS is working on alternatives to the online process, but one is not yet in place.
- A new IP PIN must be obtained each year from the online tool.
- Taxpayers should never share their IP PIN with anyone but their tax professional to file their tax return. The IRS will not call or email to request an IP PIN. People should be on guard against identity thieves seeking their IP PINs.