IRS Identity Protection PIN Now Available to All Taxpayers

By Ann Ramage, CPA, Partner

IRS Identity Protection PIN Now Available to All Taxpayers

Alternate methods for taxpayers to obtain an IP PIN

In our article, IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Use Identity Protection PIN, we discussed how the IRS’s Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) can provide an additional layer of identity and data security protection. In May 2023, the IRS addressed the need for additional options for taxpayers that are not able to validate their identity via the online IP PIN request tool.

There are now alternatives for taxpayers that would like to obtain an IP PIN but can’t successfully validate their identity through the Get an IP PIN toolNote: These options require more time to obtain an IP PIN so please plan ahead for 2023/2024 tax season.

IRS IP PIN alternate request options

  1. File Form 15227.
    • Taxpayers are eligible for this option if they meet the following criteria:
      1. Taxpayer has not previously been issued an IP PIN,
      2. Taxpayer has a valid SSN or ITIN,
      3. Taxpayer’s adjusted gross income on the most recently filed income tax return is below $73,000 for Single taxpayer or $146,000 for Married Filing Joint taxpayers, respectively AND
      4. Taxpayer has access to a telephone.
    • Taxpayers may file this via mail or via fax using the addresses provided on Form 15227.
    • An IRS assistor will call you, validate your identity, and ensure that you receive an IP PIN the next filing season.
      1. When the IRS contacts the taxpayer, the taxpayer has the option to call back to the IRS to verify the call originated from the IRS.  Please see instructions for Box e on Form 15227 for the number to use to verify the IRS caller.
      2. Helpful Hint:   Consider accessing recent tax returns during your call with the IRS, as the IRS contact may request information from a recently filed tax return as part of your identification verification.
    • Once the taxpayer’s identification is verified, the IRS will mail out the IP PIN within 4 – 6 weeks.
  2. Schedule an appointment at the Taxpayer Assistance Center.
    • If a taxpayer is ineligible to file Form 15227, the taxpayer may schedule a visit at a Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) to request an IP PIN.
    • Taxpayer may identify the TAC office closest by using the Taxpayer Assistance Locator tool or call (844-545-5640) to schedule an appointment.
    • Helpful Hint:  Taxpayer should take their current government issued photo identification as well as an additional identification document to assist with the verification process in the interview with the IRS.
    • Once taxpayer identification has been verified, the IRS will issue the IP PIN via mail within 3 weeks.

To save time, we recommend obtaining your IP PIN online, if that option is available to you.

Online method to obtain an IP PIN

  1. Go to the IRS Get an IP PIN webpage.
  2. Set up an account with all of your pertinent information including name, address, date of birth, and social security number.
  3. Input your cell phone number so you can receive an activation code.
  4. Finish setting up your account with a log in and password.
  5. The IRS issues an IP PIN for each tax year to be used for tax return filings for the year, including amended returns.

Learn more about the process and benefits on the IRS website.

Questions on taxpayer security matters? Contact your Keiter Opportunity Advisor.

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Ann Ramage

Ann Ramage, CPA, Partner

Ann has 20 years of experience providing tax planning opportunities and insights to operating entities, investment partnerships, trusts and high wealth individuals and families. Ann is a member of Keiter’s Family, Executive, and Entrepreneur Advisory Services team and works closely with individuals and family offices to address their various tax compliance, consulting and estate planning needs.

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The information contained within this article is provided for informational purposes only and is current as of the date published. Online readers are advised not to act upon this information without seeking the service of a professional accountant, as this article is not a substitute for obtaining accounting, tax, or financial advice from a professional accountant.


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