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IRS Identity Protection PIN Update

Wednesday, February 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Spencer
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We have been informed of changes made by the IRS for the Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) and want to share the update with you. 

The IRS has expanded eligibility for its IP PIN test program to taxpayers in the top 10 locations where identity thefts are reported to the Federal Trade Commission. The locations are the original three test sites (Washington, D.C., Florida and Georgia) plus seven new states: California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island.

The purpose of this phased roll out is to provide the IRS with data on volume and capacity to ensure that systems can adequately handle demand.

If this controlled roll out is successful, the IRS potentially could expand the “Get an IP PIN” tool eligibility to taxpayers in all states at a later date.

The IRS IP PIN is a 6-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of their Social Security number (SSN) on fraudulent federal income tax returns. An IP PIN allows IRS to verify a taxpayer’s identity at point of filing, preventing someone else from filing a tax return on the IP PIN holder’s SSN.

Here’s how the expanded test project will work: Taxpayers who last year filed a tax return from one of the 10 locations may go to the Get an IP PIN tool, authenticate their identities and obtain an IP PIN. Because security is paramount, taxpayers must validate their identities through a rigorous two-factor authentication process called Secure Access.

There will not be a manual option for taxpayers who fail to authenticate their identities. The IRS will continue to issue by mail IP PINs to taxpayers who are confirmed victims of tax-related identity theft and whose cases have been resolved. However, these taxpayers also will have the option of using the Get an IP PIN tool to obtain an IP PIN immediately.

Because this is a test of our system’s capacity, we will initially focus our initial communications efforts on the tax professional community. Once we expand to all states, we will have a wider, national communications effort to inform all taxpayers of the IP PIN option.

We know that you have a great interest in the IP PIN program and in safeguarding taxpayers. We will keep you informed as this test program goes forward and on our next steps. Thank you for your support and for your work in combating tax-related identity theft.   

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