What Is a Self-Select PIN?

A self-select PIN is a 5-digit number of your choice that will act as your signature when e-filing your tax return. If you forgot last year’s self-select PIN, you will need to use your prior year adjusted gross income (AGI) instead. Your prior year AGI can be found on your 2022 Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR, line 11.

Who can use a self-select PIN?

Most taxpayers can e-file their returns using a self-select PIN, except those under the age of 16. Those taxpayers must file their return by paper.

How do I get my 5-digit self-select PIN?

You do not have to contact the IRS to get a self-select PIN. Simply choose any 5-digit number you wish when e-filing your return except all zeroes.

When filing a joint return, do both spouses need a self-select PIN?

Yes, each person must use their own self-select PIN when filing a joint return.

What happens if two people use the same PIN?

If two people select the same PIN, the IRS will use the taxpayer’s personal information such as their SSN, birthday or adjusted gross income to verify their identity.

Is a self-select PIN the same as an IP PIN?

No.A self-select PIN is a five-digit number you choose yourself. An IP PIN is a six-digit number the IRS assigns to you to prevent anyone from using your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to file a fraudulent tax return. Every year you will receive a CP01A Notice in the mail with a new IP PIN.

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