Identity protection PIN program expands #IP_PINFebruary 12, 2019
By Sally P. Schreiber, J.D.
The IRS is expanding to seven additional states its voluntary program for taxpayers who wish to obtain identity protection personal identification numbers (IP PINs) and are not currently victims of tax return identity theft.
IP PINs will now be available in seven more states: California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, and Rhode Island.
This prevents a criminal from filing a tax return using the IP PIN holder’s SSN.
The voluntary program permits taxpayers who last year filed a tax return from one of those states to obtain an IP PIN by using the IRS’s Get an IP PIN tool to authenticate their identities.
To obtain an IP PIN, taxpayers must validate their identities through a two-factor authentication process called Secure Access .
The IRS will continue to issue by mail IP PINs to taxpayers who are confirmed victims of tax-related identity theft.
Once the IRS determines its systems can handle the expansion of the program to the additional states, it hopes to be able to offer it to taxpayers in every state.
(See, for example, the AICPA comment letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee dated Sept. 15, 2015.)
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Requesting an IP PIN is strictly voluntary. If you choose not to participate in the program by not requesting an IP PIN, you can file your return as you would normally. If you are assigned or if you request an IP PIN, you must use it to confirm your identity on any tax returns filed electronically during the calendar year. A new IP PIN is generated for each filing season and can be retrieved starting in mid-January of e…