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IRS issued taxpayer IP PIN letters listing incorrect tax year


Taxpayers who have been victims of identity theft may have chosen to request an identity protection personal identification number (IP PIN) from the IRS. This IP PIN is used as an extra level of security to ensure that the tax return processed by the IRS is truly from the taxpayer, and not from an identity thief.

The IRS recently began to issue IP PINs for the 2015 filing year, but the accompanying letters incorrectly reference the 2014 tax year rather than the 2015 tax year. The IRS is aware of the issue and has stated that taxpayers can use these newly issued IP PINs for the 2015 year. Those taxpayers that are not part of the IP PIN program are not impacted.

Please see our article, What to do if you are the victim of tax identity theft, for further information regarding IP PINs and other resources for identity theft victims.


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