Fraud can happen to anyone.
If your social security number was used fraudulently in the past, the IRS assigns a six-digit PIN to you; the Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN).
In order to receive an IP PIN, you will need to meet the following:
- You received a CP01A notice which will have it located at the bottom of the first column
- The IRS sent you a letter inviting you to opt-in for the IP PIN
- You were a resident of Florida, Georgia or the District of Columbia, Michigan, California, Maryland, Nevada, Delaware, Illinois or Rhode Island last year
Note: Taxpayers who experience identity theft after they receive the CP01A notice will need to file the Identity Theft Affidavit.