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Identity Protection Pins are now Available to all Taxpayers

To help people avoid identity theft, the IRS has made available to all taxpayers an Identity Protection Pin (IP PIN). In years prior, this pin has only available to victims of identity theft or people in certain states. This code is six digits and only the taxpayer and the IRS know will know what the code is. This helps prevent a scammer from filing a fraudulent tax return using another person’s information. The scammer will create a tax return using someone else’s social security number and the return will produce a refund, which the scammers will then collect. This six digit pin essentially locks your tax return so it cannot be filed with entering the pin. An efile will get rejected without the pin and a paper return will have to go through additional security measures in order to be processed.

You can opt in to get a pin online at the following address:

https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/get-an-identity-protection-pin

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