If you have had your identity stolen within the IRS system… PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS NOTICE!!!
You have received a letter giving you an IP PIN number to use on your tax return for 2015. The incorrect YEAR is on the notice. Read below carefully!!!
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Taxpayers should be advised the IP PIN listed on the CP 01A Notice dated January 4, 2016 is valid for use on all individual tax returns filed in 2016.

The notice incorrectly indicates the IP PIN issued is to be used for filing the 2014 tax return when the number is actually to be used for the 2015 tax return. The IRS emphasizes the IP PIN listed on the CP 01A notice is valid for the 2015 returns. Taxpayers and their tax professionals should use this PIN number for 2015 tax returns, which the IRS will begin accepting from taxpayers starting Jan. 19, 2016.

The IRS apologizes for the confusion and any inconvenience.

From the IRS FAQ:

When were the CP01A notices mailed?

The notices are all dated January 4, 2016 but were mailed in late December. Taxpayers are receiving these now through mid-January.

What does an IP PIN do?

An IP PIN helps the IRS verify a taxpayer’s identity and accept their electronic or paper tax return. When you have an IP PIN, it prevents someone else from filing a tax return with your SSN.

If a return is e-filed with your SSN and an incorrect or missing IP PIN, our system will reject it until you submit it with the correct IP PIN or you file on paper. If the same conditions occur on a paper filed return, we will delay its processing and any refund you may be due for your protection while we determine if it’s yours.

Does this issue affect anything else involving the IP PIN process?

No.

For help with any income tax question call one of our offices:

Plymouth 734.454.4100, Allen Park 313.388.7180,

Grayling 989.348.4055,   Livonia 734-462-6161,

Madison Heights 248.544.6160, Royal Oak 248.399.7331,

Saginaw 989.782.1985, or St. Clair Shores 313.371.6600