The IRS has reminded taxpayers that they can get extra protection starting in January by joining the Service’s Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) program. The IRS has made recent changes to the program to make it easier for more taxpayers to join. The fastest and easiest way to receive an IP Pin is by using the Get an IP PIN tool.

The IRS has urged any IP PIN applicant previously rejected during the identity authentication process to try applying again in 2022. The authentication process has been refined and improved, now enabling many taxpayers screened out in the past to have a better chance of passing the authentication process. Taxpayers are requested to keep in mind these key points about the IP PIN program:

  • For 2022, the Get an IP PIN tool is scheduled to launch on January 10. It’s the fastest and easiest way to get an IP PIN. It is also the only option that immediately reveals the IP PIN to the taxpayer. For that reason, the IRS urges everyone to try the Get an IP PIN tool first, before pursuing other options.

  • No identity theft affidavit is required for taxpayers opting in.

  • The IP PIN is valid for one year.

  • Taxpayers should enter the IP PIN on any return, whether it is filed electronically or on paper.

  • Anyone with either a Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) who can verify their identity is eligible for the IP PIN opt-in program.

  • Any eligible family member can get an IP PIN.

  • Taxpayers should never reveal an IP PIN to anyone. The only exception is a taxpayer who uses a trusted tax professional to file their return.

There are two options have been made available for people who cannot pass the IRS online identity authentication process. One involves filing Form 15227 and the other requires a visit to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC). Further, for processing year 2022, individuals with an adjusted gross income of $73,000 or less and those married filing jointly with an AGI of $146,000 or less with access to a telephone can complete Form 15227 (.pdf) and either mail or fax it to the IRS. Any taxpayer who is ineligible to file a Form 15227 may make an appointment to visit an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC). Anyone using this option must bring two forms of picture identification. Because this is an in- person identity verification, an IP PIN will be mailed to the taxpayer after their visit. To find the nearest TAC, taxpayers can use the IRS Local Office Locator online tool or call 844-545-5640.