Taxpayers Encouraged to Get IP PIN

The IRS is reminding and encouraging taxpayers to better protect themselves starting in January by joining the Service’s Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) program. Recent changes to the program make it easier for more taxpayers to join, and the fastest and easiest way to receive one is by using theĀ Get an IP PIN tool.

The authentication process has been refined and improved, enabling many taxpayers screened out in the past to have a better chance of passing, so anyone who was previously rejected should try applying again in 2022. Keep these key points in mind as you apply for your IP PIN:

  • The Get an IP PIN tool is scheduled to launch on January 10, 2022. This is the fastest and easiest way to get one, and the only option that immediately reveals the IP PIN to the taxpayer. For that reason, the IRS urges everyone to try this tool before pursuing other options.
  • No identity theft affidavit is required for taxpayers opting in.
  • The IP PIN is valid for one year.
  • Taxpayers should enter the IP PIN on any return, whether it is filed electronically or on paper.
  • Anyone with either a Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) who can verify their identity is eligible for the IP PIN opt-in program.
  • Any eligible family member can get an IP PIN.
  • Taxpayers should never reveal an IP PIN to anyone. The only exception is a taxpayer who uses a trusted tax professional to file their return.

There are two options have been made available for people who cannot pass the IRS online identity authentication process: filing Form 15227 or visit an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC). Further, for processing year 2022, individuals with an adjusted gross income of $73,000 or less and those married filing jointly with an AGI of $146,000 or less with access to a telephone can complete Form 15227 (.pdf) and either mail or fax it to the IRS. Any taxpayer who is ineligible to file a Form 15227 may make an appointment to visit an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC), bringing with them two forms of picture identification. Because this is an in-person identity verification, an IP PIN will be mailed to the taxpayer after their visit.

We are happy to help you get your IP PIN as well, so let us know if you have questions or want assistance.

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