IRS advises that taxpayer notices with IP PIN list incorrect year

Tax professionals and taxpayers were advised by the IRS this week that a notice sent to taxpayers with Identity Protection PINs listed an incorrect year. The IP PIN listed on the CP 01A notice is valid for use on all individual tax returns filed in 2016.

Due to an error, the notice incorrectly indicates the IP PIN issued is to be used for filing the 2014 tax return when the number is actually to be used for the 2015 tax return.

The notices were mailed in late December but dated Jan. 4, 2016. Taxpayers are receiving these now through mid-January, according to the IRS.

An IP PIN helps the IRS verify a taxpayer’s identity and accept their electronic or paper tax return. When you have an IP PIN, it prevents someone else from filing a tax return with your Social Security Number.