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Get an IP Pin to help prevent against identity theft

The pin is a six digit number that eligible taxpayers receive from the IRS which is needed to file your tax return. This will help prevent against thieves trying to file a false tax return with your information in order to claim the fake refund they create. This pin numbers helps verify a taxpayers identity and accept their tax return. Taxpayers can apply for an IP Pin at the following address:

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

Tax pros cannot get a pin number on behalf of a client for security reasons.

The IRS outlines the following information regarding these pin numbers:
• It’s a six-digit number known only to the taxpayer and the IRS.
• The opt-in program is voluntary.
• The IP PIN should be entered onto the electronic tax return when prompted by the software product or onto a paper return next to the signature line.
• The IP PIN is valid for one calendar year.
• For security reasons, enrolled participants get a new IP PIN each year
• Spouses and dependents are eligible for an IP PIN if they can verify their identities
• IP PIN users should never share their number with anyone but the IRS and their trusted tax preparation provider. The IRS will never call, email or text a request for the IP PIN.

If you are having trouble validating your identity online when applying for a pin number you can file Form 15227 or make an appointment with the Taxpayer Assistance Center.

The information provided in this blog does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available in this article are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information. Please consult your tax advisor on all the above issues.

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