Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program Is Open to All Taxpayers
The Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program is now open to all taxpayers who can verify their identity. The six-digit number assigned to the taxpayer helps prevent the filing of fraudulent federal tax returns.
Highlights of the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program
- It is a voluntary program.
- Taxpayers must pass a rigorous identity verification process.
- Spouses and dependents are eligible for an IP PIN if they can verify their identities.
- An IP PIN is valid for a calendar year.
- People must get a new IP PIN each filing season.
- The online IP PIN tool is offline between November and mid-January each year.
- Correct IP PINs must be entered on electronic and paper tax returns to avoid rejections and delays.
- Taxpayers should never share their IP PIN with anyone but their trusted tax provider.
- The IRS will never call, text or email requesting their IP PIN.
- People should beware of scams to steal their IP PIN.
- There currently is no opt-out option, but the IRS is working on one for 2022.
How to get your IP PIN
In order to opt in, taxpayers will need to pass a thorough identity verification process using Secure Access authentication, an online tool which uses numerous different ways to verify a person’s identity. Taxpayers should review the requirements at IRS.gov/secureaccess.
Once a taxpayer has authenticated their identity online, their 2021 IP PIN immediately will be revealed to them. This PIN must be used when prompted by electronic tax returns or written near the signature line on paper tax returns.
For taxpayers that can’t verify their identity online, there are other ways to do so. Taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes less than $72,000 and with access to a telephone should complete Form 15227, Application for an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number, and mail or fax it to the IRS. They will receive a phone call from an IRS assistor to verify their identity.
Taxpayers who verify their identity this way will have an IP PIN mailed to them the following tax year. This is for security reasons. Once in the program, the IP PIN will be mailed to these taxpayers each year.
Taxpayers who are unable to verify their identities remotely or who are ineligible to file a Form 15227, may make an appointment to visit a Taxpayer Assistance Center and must bring two forms of picture identification.
Taxpayers who verify their identity in-person will have an IP PIN mailed to them within three weeks. Once in the program, the IP PIN will be mailed to these taxpayers each year.
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