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,
, which contains your unique 6-digit IP PIN.
This number will change for each tax year
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
you enter as your electronic signature when e-filing your return.
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
. 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,
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
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.Exceptions:
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
- If you've placed a credit security freeze with
Equifax, you must
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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