An ongoing pilot program from the Internal Revenue Service is offering an Identify Protection Personal ID Number to taxpayers who filed federal returns last year in Georgia, Florida or the District of Columbia.
The pilot project is part of broader IRS efforts to combat tax-related identity theft. The IRS has an aggressive, multi-part strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. Stopping identity theft and refund fraud is a top priority for the Internal Revenue Service. For the 2015 filing season, the IRS continues to expand these efforts to better protect taxpayers and help victims.
Georgia, Florida and D.C. were chosen for the pilot because they have higher levels of tax-related identity theft
The IP PIN is a six-digit number that is used on a tax return, in addition to a Social Security number, to verify the taxpayer’s identity. They should note, however, that for now, taxpayers who join the program will need to use their IP PIN for future filings, and there is currently no way to opt out of the program once they sign up. A new IP PIN will be mailed to them each year before filing season.
Taxpayers who qualify can visit IRS.gov (www.irs.gov/getanippin) to register and create an account. Taxpayers must also verify their identity as part of the process.
More information is available at IP PIN FAQs for Individuals.