Identity Protection Via IP-PIN

How to obtain an IRS IP PIN or Identity Protection Personal Identification Number? Or, how to enter an IP-PIN for a Dependent on a Tax Return.
You can also obtain an IP-PIN for your dependents in order to prevent unauthorized individuals e.g. ex-spouses, partners etc. to claim dependents only your qualified to claim.

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

If the IRS assigned you an IPPIN, you will need this to e-file.

Starting mid-January typically of a tax year, you can obtain a new IP-PIN to prepare and eFile your latest tax return. For example, you should receive your 2022 IP-PIN to prepare and e-file your 2022 Return some time in January 2023.

There are 2 parts to a new IP-PIN.

For your own tax data protection, 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 alternate or addition to your prior your AGI.

The Identity Protection PIN or IP PIN is a six-digit code known only to you and the IRS. See the 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 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.
  • Your personal IP-PIN is entered during checkout on
  • To enter the IP-PIN for your dependent(s) - if you obtained one - follow these instructions.

Below is a sample page on the IRS site once the IP PIN was issued to you with more detailed instructions.

Get your IP PIN here