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Old 01-13-2019, 09:17 AM   #1
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IRS identity theft PIN letter

We had our tax return “stolen” several years back and since then the IRS mails a PIN number every year on January 1 that we need to file. No letter yet this year, presumably due to shutdown. Did anyone who is impacted get their letter yet?
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:18 AM   #2
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Have you tried going to the IRS site for Retrieve Your PIN Number? Or does this only work for the initial PIN?

https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-f...ve-your-ip-pin
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:34 AM   #3
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Seems silly to me, why don't they give out a randomly generated 20 character pin that doesn't have to change every year.
Or better let a person pick 10 digits, and then add 10 random characters one to it, to make a 20 character pin, that you could print out and keep with your tax returns and use every year.

Do you have to wait to be a victim before getting a pin, or can you get one first, so you don't become a victim ?
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:16 AM   #4
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A lady I work with got her pin last week.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:31 PM   #5
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We just got our letters with PIN numbers yesterday.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:38 PM   #6
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Haven’t seen ours yet. Could be in the mailbox now.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:17 AM   #7
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informed delivery shows I'm getting a letter from the IRS today. I hope its my pin and not another notice.
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Got my PIN letter a few days ago. Actually seems earlier for me than in the past.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:39 AM   #9
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:07 PM   #10
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Haven't received our PIN yet. Normally we would have received it by now.

We had a fraudulent return filed several years ago in 2014 using my SS#. For that year, we had to file by paper and it took nearly two years to get our refund. At the time, I seem to recall some communication from the IRS stating that, for the next 3 years, we would be sent a PIN by mail in Dec/Jan, which would be required to e-file. We got the PIN each of the last 3 years, usually in very early Jan. That would have been 2015, 2016, and 2017. So unless something changed, I guess 2018 is the year we go back to e-filing with no PIN. I was sort-of hoping they would continue to send PINs anyway... and maybe it's just delayed by the shutdown. If not, maybe I'll look into "opting in" if I still can.

Obviously, my SS# is floating around the dark web. Not sure why the IRS would assume it's no longer a problem after 3 years. If no PIN is required, there will probably be another fraudulent return filed early this year.
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:25 PM   #11
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I just signed up for a PIN, got it, Yahooo..... until I read:

"If you file electronically, your tax software or practitioner will tell you where to enter your IP PIN.
NOTE: If your tax return filing status is 'married filing joint' and we assigned both spouses an IP PIN, you must enter each spouse's IP PIN separately."'

They ONLY gave me 1 pin.
So, now I'll set up an account for DW.... to get her IP Pin, otherwise we can't file
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:17 PM   #12
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Yeah, DW and I each get a PIN each year and I don’t recall it being for only a few years.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:36 PM   #13
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We had our tax return “stolen” several years back and since then the IRS mails a PIN number every year on January 1 that we need to file. No letter yet this year, presumably due to shutdown. Did anyone who is impacted get their letter yet?
I received my PIN number from the IRS in the mail today. Maybe yours will be soon.
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:10 PM   #14
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Received ours today. Despite expecting this notice, I couldn't help feeling a sense of dread when I saw the IRS return address. Then I noticed two letters addressed individually to DW and me so I realized what it was.
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Old 01-17-2019, 01:19 PM   #15
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Just got mine today. I wasn't really expecting it due to the 3 year limitation I mentioned earlier. But I'm happy to have it continue.

BTW, we file a joint return, but just enter one PIN for me. DW does not get a PIN.
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:23 PM   #16
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Received ours today. Despite expecting this notice, I couldn't help feeling a sense of dread when I saw the IRS return address. Then I noticed two letters addressed individually to DW and me so I realized what it was.
ha ha ha , so funny because I get the same thoughts...

Only , right now going to the mail box is carefree and happy, as the irs workers who do audits are not working.
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:37 PM   #17
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I just got my PIN a few days ago. I think I have been getting it about 7-8 years now.
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