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12938: 1040 - Identity Protection PIN FAQs


1040 Individual Generally

Choose from the following frequently asked questions about Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers (IP PIN):

 

  1. What is an Identity Protection PIN?
  2. Where would I enter an Identity Protection PIN for the taxpayer and/or spouse?
  3. Where do I enter an Identity Protection PIN for a dependent and/or qualified person?
  4. What is Form 14039?
  5. What reject codes are related to the IP PIN?
  6. Helpful Links

What is an Identity Protection PIN?

An IP PIN is entered as a six-digit number. If it consists of five digits, enter a 0 (zero) as the first digit. Taxpayers who document that they have experienced or been exposed to identity theft may receive a six-digit Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) from the IRS in a CP01 notice and an explanation in a CP01A notice. The IP PIN is for the current tax year and used in addition to the taxpayer’s 5-digit PIN that is entered on the PIN screen.

Note: 

  • New IP PINs are issued every year.
  • An IP PIN should be used only for the current filing season, for both current and prior-year returns filed in that year.
  • IP PINs are not self-selected. Entering a six-digit number in the IP PIN fields in a return does not select a new IP PIN for the taxpayer. The taxpayer has to ask for, and be issued one by the IRS.
  • Entry of a number that is not an IRS-issued IP PIN will result in a reject.
  • According to the IRS, IP PIN numbers must be entered for all IP PIN holders whether or not the SSN is for a primary, secondary, or dependent taxpayer.
  • Returns for taxpayers that have been issued an IP PIN will be rejected through the e-file system if the IP PIN is not entered for any applicable primary, secondary, or dependent individuals. 

Where would I enter an Identity Protection PIN for the primary taxpayer and/or spouse?

Identity Protection PINs for the primary taxpayer and/or spouse are entered on the PIN screen, to the right of the regular PIN signature: 

In 2017 and prior, the IP PIN for the spouse was not printed on Form 1040, but was still required for e-filing, if issued. Starting with Drake18, the spouse's IP PIN is printed below the taxpayer's IP PIN in the signature section on Form 1040. 

  • In Drake 14 and prior, enter an IP PIN on the MISC screen. You also can open the MISC screen from the PIN screen using the Identity Protection PIN link (to the right of the taxpayer PIN signature fields).

Where do I enter an Identity Protection PIN for a dependent and/or qualified person? 

Beginning in Drake15, the Dependent IP PIN fields is located on screen 2 at the bottom right: 

The dependent's IP PIN does not appear in view mode on any forms, however, it is required for e-filing, if assigned.

  • In 2014 and prior, the IRS did not required a dependent's IP PIN in a return and there is no field for entry in Drake14 and prior.

What is Form 14039?

Beginning with Drake15, Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, may be completed in Drake Software by completing the 1403 screen located on the second Other Forms tab.

 

Submit a completed form for each taxpayer, as needed, along with clear and legible copies of required documentation, either by mail to the address on the bottom of the form, or by fax to the number given.

Note: Form 14039 cannot be e-filed. A fillable form is also available online at the IRS website: Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit.

What rejects are related to the IP PIN?

The following table contains reject codes associated with IP PIN issues and how to address them.

Reject Error Text Notes
IND-180 Primary taxpayer's Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) must match the e-File database. Please double check your entry and resubmit your return with the correct number. A taxpayer IP PIN has been entered on the PIN screen. Either the entry is incorrect, or there is no required IP PIN.

Confirm that the taxpayer has an IP PIN issued by the IRS, confirm the number, confirm that it was issued for the current filing season, and enter it correctly.

Remove the entry If the spouse is not required to use an IRS issued IP PIN.
IND-181 The Primary Taxpayer did not enter a valid Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN). Please visit www.irs.gov/get-an-ippin for further information and resubmit your return with the correct number. A taxpayer IP PIN has not been entered on the PIN screen, but the taxpayer has been issued one by the IRS.

Send the taxpayer to www.irs.gov/get-an-ippin to retrieve the current IP PIN. Enter it in the appropriate field.
IND-182 The Spouse Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) must match the e-File database. Please double check your entry and resubmit your return with the correct number. A spouse IP PIN has been entered on the PIN screen. Either the entry is incorrect, or there is no required IP PIN..

Confirm that the spouse has an IP PIN issued by the IRS, confirm the number, confirm that it was issued for the current filing season, and enter it correctly.

Remove the entry If the spouse is not required to use an IRS issued IP PIN.
IND-183 The Spouse did not enter a valid Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN). Please visit www.irs.gov/get-an-ippin for further information and resubmit your return with the correct number. A spouse IP PIN has not been entered on the PIN screen, but the spouse has been issued one by the IRS.

Send the spouse to www.irs.gov/get-an-ippin to retrieve the current IP PIN. Enter it in the appropriate field.
IND-995 The Dependent/Qualifying Person Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) must match the e-File database. Please double check your entry and resubmit your return with the correct number. An IP PIN has been entered on the bottom right of screen 2, Dependents for a dependent or other qualifying person. Either the entry is incorrect, or there is no required IP PIN.

Confirm that the spouse has an IP PIN issued by the IRS, confirm the number, confirm that it was issued for the current filing season, and enter it correctly.

Remove the entry If the dependent or qualifying person is not required to use an IRS issued IP PIN.
IND-996 The Dependent/Qualifying Person Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) provided on the return is not valid. Please visit www.irs.gov/getanippin for further information and resubmit your return with the correct number. An IP PIN has not been entered on the bottom right of screen  2Dependents, for a dependent or qualifying person that has been issued one by the IRS.

Send the taxpayer to www.irs.gov/get-an-ippin to retrieve the current IP PIN. Enter it in the appropriate field.

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