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Should You Get an Identity Protection PIN?

Updated: Apr 13

Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers (IP PINs) can protect taxpayers from tax fraud. Here is why we think you should get one:



Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN)

An IPPIN is a six-digit number the IRS assigns to a taxpayer that works as a "two-factor authentication." Once an IP PIN is assigned to a Taxpayer, only a person who has the taxpayer's IP PIN (and all the taxpayer's other identification information) can file a tax return for that taxpayer. So, an IP PIN can stop identity thieves from using a protected taxpayer's information to file a fraudulent tax return.


An IP PIN also protects a taxpayer when they're not required to file a tax return because the IRS wil reject any return that doesn't contain the taxpayer's IP PIN.


Taxpayers should request an IP PiN for themselves and their family when:

  • They want to protect their SSN or ITIN from being used for filing fraudulent tax returns;

  • They want to protect their dependent's SSN or ITIN from being used for filing fraudulent tax returns;

  • They link their SSN, ITIN or personal information which was exposed by accident, theft,or fraud; or

  • They suspect or know they've been a victim of identity theft.


How to get an IP PIN

Taxpayers may get an IP PIN using the get an IP PIN tool on IRS.gov. The tool will lead the taxpayer through a complete identification check. Once the taxpayer has authenticated their identity, the tool will provide the taaxpayer with an IP PIN.


Once the taxpayer obtains an IP PIN, the IRS will issue the taxpayer a new IP PIN every year. Once an individual is enrolled in th eIP PIN program there is no way to opt-out.



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