ID Protection PINS are back to protect you against Identity Theft

The ID Protection PINs site was hacked last year, forcing the IRS to shut down the site, but the site has relaunched and PIN’s are retrievable online once again.

What is an ID Protection PIN?

The IRS IP PIN is a 6-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of their Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns.

What does an IP PIN do?

An IP PIN helps the IRS verify a taxpayer’s identity and accept their electronic or paper tax return. When you have an IP PIN, it prevents someone else from filing a tax return with your SSN.

If a return is e-filed with your SSN and an incorrect or missing IP PIN, the IRS’ system will reject it until you submit it with the correct IP PIN or you file on paper. If the same conditions occur on a paper filed return, they will delay its processing and any refund you may be due for your protection while the IRS determine if it’s yours.

Visit the IRS’ website to determine your eligibility and learn more about the application process.

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Written by Desnoyers CPA

Desnoyers CPA

Known for her friendly, outgoing nature and her rare talent for financial foresight, Lydia Desnoyers has been serving individuals and small businesses in Florida since 2010. After earning her Master’s Degree in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida State University, she became a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.