What's an IP PIN?
An IP PIN is a six-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers that helps prevent the misuse of their Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns.
Requesting an IP PIN is strictly voluntary. If you choose not to participate in the program by not requesting an IP PIN, you can file your return as you would normally. If you are assigned or if you request an IP PIN, you must use it to confirm your identity on any tax returns filed electronically during the calendar year. A new IP PIN is generated for each filing season and can be retrieved starting in mid-January of each year by logging into the account you create. At this time, if you choose to receive an IP PIN, you must use your IP PIN for all future filings.
Getting Your IP PIN
To get your IP PIN, you must be eligible as determined in Step 1 below. Your IP PIN will be displayed to you online once we verify your identity. A new IP PIN is generated for each filing season and can be retrieved starting in mid-January of each year by logging into the account you create.
1. Determine your eligibility...
Already have an IP PIN?
You may retrieve your IP PIN to file your current or prior year tax returns in 2019 if:
- You lost the CP01A Notice we sent you with your new IP PIN, or
- You didn't receive your new IP PIN and you had one before, or
- We rejected your e-file return because your IP PIN was missing or incorrect
Want to request an IP PIN?
- You may choose to get an IP PIN if:You received an IRS letter inviting you to 'opt-in' to get an IP PIN, or
- You filed your federal tax return last year with an address in Florida, Georgia, District of Columbia, Michigan, California, Maryland, Nevada, Delaware, Illinois, Rhode Island.
2. What you need...
To get an IP PIN, you must pass our identity verification secure access process.
3. Get your IP PIN!
Note: If you previously registered for an IP PIN, Get Transcript, View Your Tax Account or an Online Payment Agreement, you should log in with the same username and password. You may be required to verify your identity again.
Unable to Get Your IP PIN Online?
If you’re unable to get your IP PIN using our Get An IP PIN tool, go to Retrieve Your IP PIN to see if you meet the requirements to have an IP PIN reissued.
Visit FAQs about the IP PIN for more information. Visit our Identity Protection page if you don’t meet any of the IP PIN eligibility requirements in Step 1 above and you believe you're a victim of identity theft.
Credit Security Freeze with Experian or TransUnion
If you've placed a credit security freeze with Experian or TransUnion, you must contact them to have the freeze temporarily removed to allow us to verify your identity. Once you have your IP PIN or are no longer attempting to register, you may contact Experian or TransUnion to resume the freeze unless you scheduled it to resume automatically.