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If you were a victim of identity theft, you may receive IRS Notice CP01A containing a single-use 6-digit PIN (some taxpayers may receive IRS Letters 4868CS and 4869CS). You can enter the Identity Protection PIN in the TaxACT program using the following steps:
  1. From within your TaxACT return (Online or Desktop), click on the Federal Q&A tab
  2. Click Miscellaneous Topics to expand the category and then click Identity Protection PIN
  3. Enter the 6-digit PIN

The Identity Protection PIN will appear on the printed (or PDF) copy of your return. The PIN is automatically transmitted to the IRS with an electronically filed return.

Only one IP PIN can be submitted with a return. If you and your spouse file jointly and have separate IP PINs, only input the IP PIN that was issued to the taxpayer whose SSN (or other taxpayer identification number, such as an ITIN) is listed first on the tax return.

If you lose or misplace the IRS letter containing your PIN, you can still file your return. However, there may be a delay in processing the return while the IRS validates the identity of the taxpayer.

Additional Information

If you believe you may be at risk for tax related identity theft, fill out IRS Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit and either fax or mail it to the IRS so they can mark your account to identify any questionable activity (the fax number and mailing address are provided on the form).

Form 14039 is now available in the TaxACT program. To access the form in the Online program, click on Jump to Forms & Topics and browse for the form under Federal Forms and Schedules. To access the form in the Desktop program, click on the Forms button in the top left corner and browse for the form under Federal Forms and Schedules.

Read IRS Publication 4535 Identity Theft Prevention and Victim Assistance to determine how to minimize the risk of having your identity stolen. You will also find information on the steps you need to take in case you believe you have become a victim of identity theft.

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