PIN or Personal Identification Number - Tax Return Electronic Signature

IRS Identity PIN

Important: The IRS is no longer giving the option to obtain and enter IRS eFile PINs on efiled tax returns. You will need to enter your prior-year AGI to verify your identity with the IRS. If you do not know your AGI from last year and you do not have a copy of your last year's return, you can get a transcript of your prior year return from the IRS.

Did the IRS reject your tax return because of a wrong IRS eFile Personal Identification Number (PIN) or prior-year Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) amount? Don't worry, you can fix this common error and get your return accepted! Correct your IRS eFile PIN or AGI, then efile your tax return again without any extra charges.

When you efile your 2015 Tax Return, you need to provide one of the following to prove your identity to the IRS:

  • a new 2015 Electronic Filing PIN OR 
  • your 2014 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)

Review the sections below for information on IRS efile PINs:

What is an IRS eFile PIN?

Why Would I Need an IRS eFile PIN?

Do I Qualify to Get an Electronic Filing PIN?

Where Can I Get an IRS eFile PIN?

How Do I Enter My IRS eFile PIN?

What If I Don't Have an IRS eFile PIN?

Why Am I Asked About an IP PIN?

Why Do I Need to Enter Another PIN?

What is an IRS eFile PIN?

This is a temporary number you enter to prove your identity with the IRS when you efile your 2015 Tax Return. 

Why Would I Need an IRS eFile PIN?

Only if you don't have your previous year AGI (2014 Adjusted Gross Income).

Do I Qualify to Get an Electronic Filing PIN?

Yes, if you filed a previous year tax return.

Where Can I Get an IRS eFile PIN?

You can get your PIN from the IRS website. 

How Do I Enter My IRS eFile PIN?

See these detailed instructions on how to enter your Identity PIN on efile.com.

Once I Enter My PIN, Do I Still Need to Enter My Previous Year AGI As My Identity?

No, you don't need to enter any other number to verify your identity with the IRS.

What If I Don't Have an IRS eFile PIN?

Alternatively, you can use your prior-year AGI to prove your identity with the IRS. 

Why Am I Asked About an IP PIN?

After you enter your IRS eFile PIN, the efile software asks you if the IRS provided an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN). This 6-digit PIN is assigned to a victim of attempted identity theft, and it's sent to the taxpayer in a letter via certified mail. 

If you received an IP PIN from the IRS, answer "Yes" and enter your IP PIN on the next screen. Otherwise, answer "No" and you will not be asked to enter an IP PIN. 

Why Do I Need to Enter Another PIN?

Once you have verified your identity with the IRS, you need to enter another PIN to electronically sign your 2015 tax return. You can create this signature PIN on your own.

How to Verify Your Identity With the IRS on Your efiled Tax Return

In order to verify your identity with the IRS, you need to figure out whether or not you filed or efiled a 2014 tax return last year. Then, follow the instructions in one of the three cases listed below: 

Case 1: You Filed a Previous Year (2014) Tax Return But Do Not Have Access to a Copy of the Return or the AGI

First get your IRS identity PIN from the IRS website or call the IRS at 866-704-7388.

Here is what you will see on the IRS PIN request site:

Get an IRS Electronic Filing PIN

Note: the image above is for informational purposes and is not interactive.

You need to enter the following information on the IRS PIN site to obtain your IRS eFile PIN:

  • Full Name
  • Social Security Number (or Taxpayer Identification Number)
  • Date of Birth
  • Filing Status (previous year tax return e.g. Single, Married Filing Jointly)
  • Mailing Address

Once you have your IRS eFile PIN, follow the instructions on how to enter your PIN here.

On the screen that asks you for a separate signature, enter any five digit PIN (except "00000" or "12345") to electronically sign your tax return.

Case 2: You Filed a Previous Year (2014) Tax Return and You Have a Copy of the Return and AGI

Instead of obtaining and entering an IRS eFile PIN, use the previous year AGI from your 2014 tax return as your identity for your 2015 tax return. Follow these step by step instructions on how to enter your previous tax year AGI on efile.com. If for any reason you don't wish to enter your AGI on this years tax return as your identity, please follow the instructions of Case 1 above to obtain your IRS eFile PIN.

On the screen that asks you for a separate signature, enter any five digit PIN (except "00000" or "12345") to electronically sign your tax return.

Case 3: You Did Not File a Previous Year (2014) Tax Return

During the efile process on efile.com, you will be asked, "Did you file a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last year?" If you did not file a 2014 Tax Return with the IRS, answer "No". Once this happens, the efile software will automatically enter "0" as the number to verify your identity with the IRS ("0" is your AGI for 2014 since you did not have any income that year).

You will then be directed to a screen where you can choose a self-select PIN to use as your electronic signature. This PIN can be any five digits except "00000" or "12345".

Important: You can efile your tax return as many times as you need to at no extra charge. Simply correct your PIN or AGI and efile or re-submit your tax return again.

How Can I Get More Help on Entering My IRS e-File PIN or Prior Year AGI? 

Contact an efile.com Taxpert to receive personal assistance on correcting and filing your tax return again so the IRS accepts it.