Your Personal Identification Number (PIN)

What's an IP PIN?

The IRS IP PIN (Identity Protection, Personal Identification Number) is a 6-digit number assigned to only eligible taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of their Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns. Most taxpayers don't need an an IP PIN. The IRS issues them ONLY in select cases. If you know you need an IP PIN to file your taxes and you lost your CP01A letter (or never received it) you can:
  • Retrieve your IP PIN online at the IRS's Get an IP PIN site; or
  • Call the IRS at 1-800-908-4490 to have your IP PIN mailed to you. However, this can take up to 21 days.
You can only get IP PINs from the IRS. Note: If you moved in 2017, or won't be able to file your taxes by October 16, 2017, you'll need to "paper-file" without your IP PIN. The IRS will still review your return to make sure it belongs to you.

If you have been found eligible, each year in December or early January, the IRS issues a notice in the mail called, Notice: CP01A, which contains your unique 6-digit IP PIN. This number will change for each tax year. To prevent rejection of your tax return, this document should be included with your tax return supporting documentation.

Is my Self-Select PIN the same as my IP PIN?

No. The Self-Select PIN is a random 5-digit number that you enter as your electronic signature when e-filing your return.
The IP PIN is a 6-digit number that the IRS assigns to victims of tax-related identity theft. More info

If You Lost Your CP01A Notice

You may use the IRS Get an IP PIN online tool to retrieve your current IP PIN. They require you to register and verify your identity in order to use the tool. This process is essential to protect your personal and tax information. Then, refer to “Step 2: What You Need”, before using the online tool. Follow the prompts to retrieve your IP PIN.

If You Already Have a PIN Online Account

If you previously created an online account and obtained an IP PIN, access  Get an IP PIN online tool and log in to your account with your username and password. You may be required to verify your identity again due to our increased account security. Follow the prompts to retrieve your IP PIN.

How to Get Your IP PIN Reissued

If you're unable to retrieve your IP PIN online, you may call the IRS at 800-908-4490 for specialized assistance, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time), to have your IP PIN reissued. An assistor will verify your identity and mail your IP PIN to your address of record within 21 days.
• If you’ve moved since January 1 of this year, or
• It’s after October 14 and you haven’t filed your current or prior year Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, or 1040 PR/SS, you’ll need to complete and mail a paper tax return without your IP PIN. We’ll review your return to confirm it’s yours but this may delay any refund you’re due.

Note: Credit Security Freeze with Equifax - If you've placed a credit security freeze with Equifax, you must contact Equifax to have the freeze temporarily removed to allow us to verify your identity. Once you have your IP PIN or are no longer attempting to register, you may contact Equifax to resume the freeze -- unless you scheduled it to resume automatically.

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