April 23, 2021

IRS Offers Identity Protection PINs to All

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says that beginning in 2021 it will allow all taxpayers to apply for an identity protection personal identification number (IP PIN), a single-use code designed to block identity thieves from falsely claiming a tax refund in your name.

Previously, IP PINs were issued only to those who filled out an ID theft affidavit, or to taxpayers who’ve experienced tax refund fraud in previous years. Now that this proactive tool is being made available to all, we thought we would share this update with our community to help us fight back against tax fraud.


If you are a confirmed victim of identity theft with the IRS and they have resolved your tax account issues, the IRS will mail you a CP01A Notice with your IP PIN each year.

Starting in 2021, you may voluntarily opt into the IP PIN program as a proactive way to protect yourself from tax-related identity theft.

If you want to opt-in, please note:

  • You must pass a rigorous identity verification process.
  • Spouses and dependents are eligible for an IP PIN if they can pass the identity proofing process.

How to opt-in for an IP PIN:

If you’re volunteering for the IP PIN Opt-In Program you should use the online Get an IP PIN tool. You may need to set up an account on IRS.gov, if you have not already done so. Note:

  • An IP PIN is valid for one calendar year.
  • You must obtain a new IP PIN each year.
  • The IP PIN tool is generally unavailable mid-November through mid-January each year.

To learn more:

Click here for a full list of FAQs regarding the IP PIN program on the IRS website.

Click here for the Get an IP PIN tool on the IRS website.