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IRS Issued Identity Theft PIN (IP PIN)

How does Identity Theft occur?


Identity theft occurs when someone uses another’s personal information without their permission to commit fraud or other crimes using the victim’s name, Social Security number or other identifying information. When it comes to federal taxes, taxpayers may not be aware they have become victims of identity theft until they receive a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating more than one tax return was filed with their information or that IRS records show wages from an employer the taxpayer has not worked for in the past. For more information on the IRS efforts to combat identity theft click here or review Publication 4535.


What if I am a victim of Identity Theft?


If you have been notified by the IRS that you, your spouse,  or your dependent have been a victim of identity theft they will issue an IP PIN or identity theft pin. The IRS Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is a unique six digit number that is assigned each year to victims of identity theft for use when filing their federal tax return. This unique pin shows that a particular taxpayer is the filer of the return. The IP PIN will allow these individuals to avoid delays in filing returns and receiving refunds. If you receive an IP PIN form the IRS you must use it to confirm your identity on your current tax return. If you do not enter your assigned pin the IRS will reject the return and this will cause delays in processing your refund.


Note: An IP PIN should only be used for the tax year it was issued. You must get a new IP PIN issued each year for future tax returns.


How do I get an IP PIN?


If you received a CP01A Notice in December, your IP PIN is located in the left column, third paragraph, which states: “Your assigned 2015 IP PIN is: ______”.


You may also get your IP PIN online. Once you confirm your identity you will receive your IP PIN. To retrieve your IP PIN online please click here to be directed to the IRS website.


You may also contact the IRS directly at 1-800-908-4490 Ext 245 to receive a replacement pin if you are unable or unwilling to create an account on


How to enter my IP PIN in TaxSlayer?


To enter the 6 digit IP PIN in the TaxSlayer program, please log in to the account and select Federal Section>>Miscellaneous Forms>>IRS Identification PIN. Select the correct person and enter the IP PIN. Do not enter anything for the individuals that have not received an IP PIN.