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IRS Identity Protection PIN
Beginning in January 2011, the IRS started sending notice (CP01A) to taxpayers who had previously contacted them and have since been validated by the IRS as being a victim of identity theft. The new notice will provide the taxpayer with a 6-digit identity protection PIN (IP PIN), valid for the filing of their current year federal tax return only. Including the IP PIN on the taxpayer's current year federal tax return will avoid delays in processing of the return by distinguishing the taxpayer from a possible identity thief. In the event the taxpayer loses or misplaces the CP01A notice, they will not be able to obtain a new IP PIN for the current tax year. A new CP01A notice will be issued each subsequent year in January for the new filing season as long as the taxpayer's tax account remains at risk for identity theft.
To enter an IP PIN in the taxpayer's return, from the Main Menu of the Tax Return (Form 1040) select:
- Personal Information
- Other Categories
- Identity Theft Code - Enter the 6 digit PIN provided by the IRS. The PIN will print at the bottom of page 2 of Form 1040 in the grey shaded area to the right of the Spouse's occupation box.
Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) Quick Facts
- The Identity Protection PIN is issued in January and is good for the current processing year only.
- If the Identity Protection PIN is not included on an affected taxpayer's return or it is incorrect, the processing of their Federal Income Tax Return will be delayed.
- If the CP01A Notice containing the IP PIN is misplaced and the affected taxpayer cannot remember the assigned IP PIN, they will not be able to obtain a new one from the IRS for the current processing year. They will need to file their return without the IP PIN. In this case, the processing of the federal return will be delayed while the IRS validates the return as the taxpayer's return.
- If a joint tax return is being filed and both the taxpayer and the spouse have been issued an IP PIN, only the taxpayer's PIN should be included on the tax return.
Taxpayer's who may have been a victim of identity theft should contact the IRS Identity Protection Unit at 1.800.908.4490. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 8:00pm your local time.