Atnn: IRS Reveals Identity Protection PIN Program To Taxpayers Everywhere


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National Tax Security Awareness Week Day 3 is dedicated to encouraging taxpayers across the nation to take precautionary matters to prevent identity theft. The IRS has created this video as a guideline to understanding the IP PIN tool. This measure is known as the IP PIN Opt-In program. The Identity Protection PIN program is a six-digit number that helps authenticate taxpayers' identities and shield them from the threat of hackers and fraudsters.

"When you have this special code, it prevents someone else from filing a tax return with your Social Security number," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "The fastest way to get an Identity Protection PIN is to use our online tool but remember you must pass a rigorous authentication process. We must know that the person asking for the IP PIN is the legitimate taxpayer."

Before you apply for this new IRS program, keep these IRS provisions in mind:
  • The Get an IP PIN tool will be available in mid-January. This is the preferred method of obtaining an IP PIN and the only one that immediately reveals the PIN to the taxpayer.
  • Taxpayers who want to voluntarily opt into the IP PIN program do not need to file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit.
  • The IP PIN is valid for one year. Each January, the taxpayer must obtain a newly generated IP PIN.
  • The IP PIN must be properly entered on electronic and paper tax returns to avoid rejections and delays.
  • Taxpayers with either a Social Security number or Individual Tax Identification Number who can verify their identities are eligible for the opt-in program.
  • Any primary taxpayer (listed first on the return), secondary taxpayer (listed second on the return) or dependent may obtain an IP PIN if they can pass the identity proofing requirements.
  • The IRS plans to offer an opt out feature to the IP PIN program in 2022 if taxpayers find it is not right for them.