Form 15227

The IRS allows taxpayers to apply for an IP PIN number in three ways: online, using Form 15227, or in person at a Taxpayer Assistance Center. This article will cover the Form 15227 way.

The easiest and quickest method to get an IP PIN number is to use the online tool. This tool uses Secure Access authentication to verify a taxpayer’s identity. Taxpayers who pass this security check will receive their IP PIN via the U.S. Postal Service within four to six weeks. However, some people may want to use the Form 15227 application method. Taxpayers who have confirmed that they are victims of identity theft and cannot prove their identities online or by using Form 15227 should make an appointment at a local Taxpayer Assistance Center. They must bring one picture ID and another document proving their identity to the appointment. Once their identities are verified, the IRS will mail them an IP PIN within three weeks. The IRS will also continue to mail the IP PIN each year.

What if Form 15227 Way Won’t Work?

Individuals who can’t validate their identities online or through the Form 15227 process may be able to contact the IRS directly and make an appointment in person at a local Taxpayer Assistance Center. They will need to bring two forms of picture identification with them to the appointment and can then verify their identities in person through a series of questions. They will then be issued an IP PIN and will be mailed a copy of the CPO1A Notice with their new number the following year.

Anyone who receives an IP PIN should keep it safe and only share it with their tax provider. The IRS will never call to request a PIN or ask for it by email or text, and taxpayers should be alert to potential IP PIN scams. The IP PIN will be valid for one year and must be entered correctly on all electronic and paper tax returns to avoid rejections or delays in processing.

IP PIN Application by Mail or Taxpayer Assistance Center

The IRS also allows taxpayers to personally visit a local Taxpayer Assistance Center to verify their identities. The taxpayer must schedule an appointment and bring two forms of picture identification. If they pass the in-person verification, the taxpayer will receive an IP PIN in the mail within three weeks.

Those who prefer not to apply for an IP PIN by mail can use a simple online tool. Such tools let users upload a document and then edit it with easy-to-use tools. Users can add and replace text, complete fillable fields, insert images and other objects, blackout data for discretion, add comments and highlights, draw or upload a signature image, and more. Users can then share their document via a link, download it, print it, or export it to other services like Google Drive or OneDrive.

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