PIN or Personal Identification Number - Tax Return Electronic Signature
Important: The IRS will start accepting 2015 tax returns in mid-late January 2016. You can use the information below once efiling is open for 2015 returns.
When you efile your 2015 Tax Return, you will need to prove your Identity either by using a PIN from the IRS (Optionally: instead of the IRS Identity PIN, you can use your prior-year AGI as your Identity).
Once you have verified your Identity with the IRS, you need to enter a PIN or Signature PIN to sign your 2015 tax return. You can create this 5 number signature PIN on your own.
Detailed instructions on how to enter your Identity PIN and/or AGI on efile.com.
Case 1: You Filed a (Previous Year) 2014 Tax Return but Do Not Have Access to a Copy of the Return or the AGI
Get your IRS identity PIN here and enter it during Checkout.
What is an IRS PIN? It's a temporary PIN to establish your Identity so you can efile your Tax Return.
Why would I need an IRS 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.
How do I get this IRS PIN now? Visit get IRS identity PIN or call the IRS at 866-704-7388
Note: the image above is for informational purposes and is not interactive.
What do I need to enter to get the 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 I have my PIN, where do I enter this? Follow the instructions on how to enter your PIN here.
Once I have my PIN, do I still need to enter my previous year AGI as my Identity? No
What if I don't have my IRS PIN? You can enter your previous year AGI instead. Learn how to get and enter your previous year AGI.
Where do I get my Signature PIN? You create this 5 number PIN by yourself.
Case 2: You Filed a (Previous Year) 2014 Tax Return and You have a Copy of the Return and AGI
For all other users, use the previous year AGI as your identity for the current year (Tax Year 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.
Case 3: You Did Not File a 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, simply 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 be directed to a screen where you can choose a self-select PIN to use for efiling. This PIN can be any five digits except "00000."
Important: You can efile your tax return as many times as you need to without any extra charges. Simply correct your AGI or PIN and efile or re-submit your tax return again.