The Internal Revenue Service has re-launched the “Get an IP PIN” tool on IRS.gov. By adding multi-factor authentication, the IRS hopes to prevent future fraudulent applications and automated attacks.
An Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) is given to taxpayers who are already victims of tax related identity theft. The six-digit IP PIN verifies a taxpayer’s identity to the Internal Revenue Service and allows the taxpayer to electronically file his/her tax return and receive timely refunds.
Approximately 2.7 million IP PIN holders will receive their number through the mail late in the calendar year in advance of the 2017 filing season. Taxpayers who lose their IP PIN may use the tool to retrieve their number. The IP PIN number changes each year.
The “Get an IP Pin” tool requires taxpayers to verify their identities using a more rigorous Secure Access process that requires them to have immediate access to an email address, account information from a credit card or other loan types and a text-enabled mobile phone. The Secure Access steps are outlined in Fact Sheet 2016-20, How to Register for Get Transcript Online Using New Authentication Process.
Other taxpayers who may be victims of non-tax related identity theft and who submitted an Identity Theft Affidavit (Form 14039) to the IRS may opt into the IP PIN program and obtain an IP PIN through the tool. Taxpayers from Florida, Georgia and the District of Columbia also may obtain an IP PIN through the tool as part of a pilot project.
By Melinda Nelson, CPA