With the rise of tax return-related identity theft, we strongly urge all of our clients to take advantage of the IRS Identity Protection PIN program.

How to Get an IRS Identity Protection PIN

CNBC recently reported, “The IRS flagged more than 1 million tax returns for potential identity theft during the 2023 tax season, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, signaling that such fraud continues to be a pervasive problem for taxpayers.”

Fortunately, there is something you can do about it, which is why we put together this simple, step-by-step guide on how to request an Identity Protection (IP) PIN from the IRS through their website (at IRS.gov). This process helps the IRS ensure that a fraudster cannot file a false tax return in your name.

If you already have an account on the IRS website, getting your PIN only takes a few clicks.

IRS PIN Step 1

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IRS PIN Step 4

ID Me and IRSIf you do not have an IRS account yet, you’ll first need to verify your identity through a service the government uses called "ID.me." An ID.me account will allow you to securely access your IRS account (at IRS.gov). Our free PDF guide explains everything.

Free Guide - How to Get an IRS Identity Protection PIN

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Get an IRS Identity Protection PIN (PDF)

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