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Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers

The IRS has expanded the number of Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers (IP PINs) being issued to Identity Theft victims. The IP PIN is a unique identifier (6 numbers) that shows that a particular taxpayer is the rightful filer of the return. In 2015, the IRS has issued IP PINs to more than 600,000 taxpayers who have been victimized by identity theft. That’s more than twice as many as the previous year. The IP PIN will allow these individuals to avoid delays in filing returns and receiving refunds.

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