Individual Taxpayer Identity Protection Pin Program

I mentioned in a prior article that individuals would be able to participate in the identity protection PIN program.  This PIN is a six-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent misuse of Social Security Numbers being used on fraudulent federal income tax returns. 

If you would like to take advantage of this program, you will need to pass the Security Access authentication protocol.  There are requirements to verify a taxpayer’s identity and are available on for Secure Access requirements.

You can utilize the online tool Get An IP PIN at and receive your PIN immediately. If you cannot pass the authentication online, you can file IRS Form 15227 via mail or fax if you have income of $72,000 or less.  An IRS employee will call the taxpayer to verify their identity using a series of questions.  If you are unable to obtain a PIN through either of these two methods, you should make an appointment to visit a Taxpayer Assistance Center.  

The PIN is valid for one year and a new PIN must be obtained each January. 

You must have a Social Security Number or Individual Tax Identification Number to participate in the program. 

There is no change in the IP PIN program for confirmed victims of tax-related identity theft. 

For more information about identity theft, visit


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Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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