Identity Theft PIN Location For The Taxpayer, Spouse or Dependent

Identity Theft PINs

For the Taxpayer or Spouse, the location of the PIN is to be found within the Client Data screen or 

IP PIN found at the bottom of the Form 1040  by the Taxpayer or Spouse's signature area.  


For the dependent, the PIN is to be located by selecting the dependent's name, then selecting the worksheet button

IRS Information on IP PINs

  • The Identity Protection PIN is issued January via Mail and is good for the current processing year only. 
  • If the Identity Protection PIN is not included on an affected taxpayer's return or it is incorrect, the processing of their Federal Income Tax Return will be delayed.
  • If the CP01A Notice containing the IP PIN is misplaced and the affected taxpayer cannot remember the assigned IP PIN, they can call the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1.800.908.4490 ext. 245 to receive a replacement PIN. The use of replacement IP PINs will cause a delay in processing your tax return and the issuance of any refund that you may be entitled to while the IRS validates the return as the taxpayer's return.
  • If a joint tax return is being filed and both the taxpayer and the spouse have been issued an IP PIN, only the taxpayer's PIN should be included on the tax return. However, if you are filing electronically, both taxpayers must enter their IP PINs.
  • Taxpayer's who may have been a victim of identity theft should contact the IRS Identity Protection Unit at 1.800.908.4490. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. your local time.

IRS Documentation