IRS Announces Nationwide Availability of Voluntary IP PIN Program

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IRS Announces Nationwide Availability of Voluntary IP PIN Program

An IP PIN (Identity Protection Personal Identification Number) is a six-digit number assigned by the IRS to taxpayers to help prevent the fraudulent use of their Social Security number on falsified federal income tax returns. Originally, the IRS only issued IP PINs to taxpayers who were actual or suspected victims of tax-related identity theft.
 
In recent years, the IRS implemented a pilot program which allowed taxpayers in certain jurisdictions to request an IP PIN on a voluntary basis, even if they had not yet experienced tax-related identity theft (Arizona was one of these states for 2020, as we noted in an earlier email). For the 2021 filing season, the IRS further expanded the voluntary IP PIN program to be available to all taxpayers nationwide.
 
The voluntary IP PIN program will aid in protecting taxpayers from identity theft. Taxpayers that would like to voluntarily opt-in to the IP PIN Program can use the IRS’s online Get an IP PIN tool. You must pass a rigorous identity verification process and the PIN is valid for one year; you will receive a new IP PIN each year. The IRS also provides answers to frequently asked questions about the IP PIN Program on their website, which can be a helpful resource for taxpayers who are considering opting into the program.
 
If you have any questions as it relates to the IRS Voluntary IP PIN program, or if you are considering opting into the program, please let us know.