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.
If 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.
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