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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. If you have misplaced the IRS letter containing your IP PIN, retrieve it from the IRS website

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 Federal in the left column. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then select Federal.
  2. Under Federal Quick Q&A Topics, click Miscellaneous Topics to expand the category and then click Identity Protection PIN (scroll down if necessary).
  3. Enter the 6-digit PIN next to the applicable taxpayer listed on the return

Note. Each spouse on a married filing joint return will have his or her own IP PIN. If only one spouse received an IP PIN, that PIN would need to be entered in the field for that spouse.

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

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). If you'd like to complete IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039 electronically, you may do so by visiting the FTC's IdentityTheft.gov and starting an identity theft recovery plan.

Form 14039 is available in the TaxAct program. To access the form in the Online program, click Tools to expand the menu and then click Forms Assistant. Expand the Federal Forms and Schedules folder. To access the form in the Desktop program, click the Forms button and browse for the form under Federal Forms and Schedules.

Read IRS Fact Sheet Identify Theft Information for Taxpayers and Victims 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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