In efforts to combat or avoid identity theft, the IRS and its Security Summit partners are encouraging taxpayers to consider obtaining an IP PIN via the Opt-In Program. An IP PIN is an Identity Protection PIN six-digit number, known only by the taxpayer and the IRS that prevents someone else from filing a tax return using your Social Security Number. The program is a free, voluntary program available to any taxpayers even if they are not currently victims of identity theft.
To obtain a PIN, follow these steps:
Remember, the IRS will never email, call or text you to request your PIN number. This is only to be used on electronic or paper filed tax returns, so only release it to your tax preparer professionals.
Tax professionals may not directly obtain an IP PIN for a taxpayer due to security reasons and the identification process, however they can help answer any questions you may have. For more information you can go the IRS Publication 5367.