Get An Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN)
An Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is a six-digit number that prevents someone else from filing a tax return using your Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. The IP PIN is known only to you and the IRS. It helps verify your identity when you file your tax return.
If you don’t already have an IP PIN, you may get one as a proactive step to protect yourself from tax-related identity theft.
If you want to request an IP PIN, please note:
- You must pass a rigorous identity verification process.
- Spouses and dependents are eligible for an IP PIN if they can pass the identity verification process.
- ***Once you sign up for an IP PIN, you CANNOT opt out of using it for future tax returns.
- Obtaining an IP PIN is optional, but recommended against fraud.
How to get an IP PIN
The fastest way to receive an IP PIN is by using the online Get an IP PIN tool on IRS.gov website. If you wish to get an IP PIN and you don’t already have an account on IRS.gov, you must register to validate your identity. The IP PIN tool is generally available starting in mid-January through mid-November.
Important Information about IP PINs
- An IP PIN is valid for one calendar year.
- A new IP PIN is generated each year for your account.
- Logging back into the Get an IP PIN tool, will display your current IP PIN.
- An IP PIN must be used when filing any federal tax returns during the year including prior year returns.
Using an IP PIN to File
Correct IP PINs must be entered on electronic and paper tax returns to avoid rejections and delays. An incorrect or missing IP PIN will result in the rejection of your e-filed return or a delay of your paper return until it can be verified.
Don’t reveal your IP PIN to anyone except your tax professional. Please submit it to us along with your tax documents. The IRS will never ask for your IP PIN. Phone calls, emails or texts asking for your IP PIN are scams.