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Identity Protection via IP-PIN

How to obtain an IRS IP PIN or Identity Protection Personal Identification Number
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An Identity Protection Personal Identification Number IP-PIN serves to verify your identity instead of the prior year AGI or self selected PIN when you prepare and eFile your IRS income taxes.

PIN. Starting mid-January you can obtain a new IP-PIN to prepare and eFile your latest tax return. 

There are 2 parts to a new IP-PIN.

  • If your current tax return got rejected due to an incorrect IP-PIN you can obtain a new IP-PIN. Follow these instructions.
  • If you want to apply for a first time IP-PIN follow the instructions below.

For your own tax data protection, eFile.com strongly recommends you obtain your personal IP PIN.

An IP PIN - Identity Protection Personal Identification Number - 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 SSN. It provides another layer of protection for taxpayers’ Social Security numbers or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers on tax returns. Your IP-PIN serves as an alternative to your prior your AGI.

The Identity Protection PIN or IP PIN is a six-digit code known only to you and the IRS. Steps you need to take to create your IRS account as it is part of receiving your personal IP PIN. Learn more about the IP PIN or get a new IP PIN here: Get Your IP PIN

Important: Store the IP PIN in a safe location and do not share it with anybody.

Enter this IP PIN during the eFile.com e-Filing check out process.

  • You can not use the IP-PIN on a state tax return. 
  • An IP PIN is only good for one tax season. You can get a new IP PIN each January.
  • Below is a sample page on the IRS site once the IP PIN was issued to you with more detailed instructions.

Sign In

Get your new IP PIN here: Get Your IP PIN

Regarding the self selected electronic signature PIN see these instructions in Step 13: https://www.efile.com/kb/ef0044/