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Understanding Your CP01A Notice

This notice tells you about the Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) we sent you.


What you need to do

  • Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and 1040 PR/SS
    Be sure to enter your IP PIN in the correct place when you file your 2013 federal tax return:
    • Electronic Returns (Caution: see new joint filing rules below)
      • Your tax software or practitioner will tell you when and where to enter the IP PIN.
      • If you can’t find where to enter your IP PIN, search within your software on Identity Protection PIN or IP PIN or contact the software provider’s help desk. Due to software variations, the IRS doesn't know the location of the IP PIN within each package.
    • Paper Returns
      • Enter your IP PIN in the gray box marked “Identity Protection PIN” to the right of “Spouse’s signature and occupation”.
  • Amended Returns, Extensions and Installment Agreements
    An IP PIN is not required to file:
    • Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return ,
    • Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, or
    • Form 433-D, Installment Agreement

If you are filing a joint return

  • Electronic Returns
    • Each taxpayer who receives an IP PIN must enter it on their tax return when filing as the primary (first SSN on the tax form) or secondary taxpayer.
      • If only one taxpayer receives an IP PIN, you must enter it with the taxpayer’s SSN to whom it belongs.
      • If both taxpayers receive an IP PIN, both taxpayers must enter the IP PIN that goes with their SSN.
  • Paper Returns
    • Only the primary taxpayer should enter their IP PIN on the tax return. The secondary taxpayer must not enter their IP PIN even if they received one
    • Note: The secondary taxpayer’s IP PIN still provides protection by preventing the fraudulent use of your SSN as the primary or secondary SSN on an e-filed return or as the primary SSN on a paper return

Important things to remember about your IP PIN

  • Store this letter with your tax records
  • A new IP PIN is assigned to you each year
  • The latest IP PIN assigned to you is your IP PIN of record and you should destroy all prior IP PINs securely
  • Do not reveal your IP PIN to anyone other than your tax preparer. Reveal it only when you are ready to sign and submit your federal income tax return
  • Use your IP PIN on your 2013 federal income tax return
    • Electronic Returns: We will reject your return if you fail to use your IP PIN.
    • Paper Returns: A significant delay processing your return and any refund you may be due will occur if you fail to use the primary taxpayer’s IP PIN.
  • Your IP PIN is not used on your state income tax return

Use on prior year returns

You must use your latest IP PIN on any delinquent 2012 or 2011 Forms 1040. 1040A, 1040EZ or 1040PR/SS returns you may file in calendar year 2014.


If you misplaced your IP PIN

Visit the Lost or Misplaced IP PINs page for instructions on how to recover your original IP PIN or request a replacement.


Answers to Common Questions

We have complete answers to questions you might have about the IP PIN process on our Frequently Asked Questions about the IP PIN page.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 19-Feb-2014

How to get help

  • Call the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
  • Authorize someone (e.g., accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848.
  • See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
     

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