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How do I use my Identity Protection PIN to e-file my federal return?

An Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is a 6 digit number provided by the IRS to certain taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of their Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns. If you are required to provide an IP PIN when e-filing your federal tax return, the IRS should have sent you a notice CP01A with your IP PIN for the current tax year.

Go to this section in Credit Karma Tax: Identity Protection PIN

The IP PIN is not the same as the electronic filing PIN that you may have set when e-filing your return.

Do I need an Identity Protection PIN to e-file?

If you received notice CP01A from the IRS, you must provide your IP PIN for the IRS to accept your e-filed federal tax return. If you are eligible, you can request to Get An Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) from the IRS.

Many taxpayers do not have an IP PIN and do not need one to e-file.

How do I include my Identity Protection PIN on my e-filed return with Credit Karma Tax?

If you received an IP PIN from the IRS, make sure to include it when you prepare your federal return with Credit Karma Tax.

If you received notice CP01A with an IP PIN for the 2018 tax year, the IRS will not accept your e-filed federal tax return in your name that does not include this IP PIN!

To enter your IP PIN for your federal return into Credit Karma Tax:

  1. Visit the Identity Protection PIN page when logged into Credit Karma Tax.
  2. Make sure to check the box next to Check here if you received IRS Notice CP01A containing your Identity Protection PIN.
    • You must check this box to include your IP PIN with your e-filed federal return through Credit Karma Tax.
  3. Enter your IP PIN.
  4. Select Next to save your IP PIN to your tax return.
  5. If you are ready to submit your return for e-filing, you can scroll to the bottom of the dashboard and select Review and File to get ready to e-file.

My return was rejected due to a missing or incorrect IP PIN

If the IRS rejects your e-filed return due to a missing or incorrect Identity Protection PIN, first make sure the correct IP PIN appears on the Identity Protection PIN page when logged into your account before submitting your return again.

If you are seeing the correct IP PIN but the IRS rejected your return, you can try to Retrieve Your Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) from the IRS.

You can also print and mail your return to the IRS to file without your IP PIN, though it will likely take longer to receive any refund due to you as the IRS will conduct additional identity verification screenings.

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