How to Find My PIN Number to File Taxes

by Kathryn Hatter, Demand Media
    Your PIN enables you to submit an electronic tax return.

    Your PIN enables you to submit an electronic tax return.

    Filing your income taxes online has significant benefits – especially if you’re still recovering from major wedding festivities and you need your refund fast. In fact, if you file electronically and designate direct deposit for a refund, you can have your money as quickly as 10 days later. Even if you’re not getting a refund, you’ll need to enter a PIN to submit your return electronically. If you lose this identification number, you can find your PIN number to file taxes by utilizing the IRS relocation services either online or by telephone.

    Step 1

    Contact the Internal Revenue Service by telephone at 866-704-7388 – 24/7 via an automated help line. Have your Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number available, as well as your full name, date of birth, filing status and your full mailing address as it showed on your last income tax return. After proving your identity with your information, the IRS will retrieve your PIN for you.

    Step 2

    Visit the Internal Revenue Service website to retrieve your PIN. Enter your Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number, your full name, your date of birth, your filing status and your address. Click the “submit button” to enter the request and receive your PIN.

    Step 3

    Contact your income tax preparation service, if applicable, to retrieve your PIN. When you utilize a tax preparer, the company keeps a record of client PINs. Provide your account credentials to receive your PIN from the company.

    Step 4

    Check the electronic tax preparation service or software you used to file previous income tax returns electronically. Often, you can retrieve your PIN, stored in this program or service.

    Tip

    • If you can’t find your PIN, there’s still hope for filing electronically. Use the IRS self-select PIN process to file your taxes. Find your previous year’s income tax return and locate the Adjusted Gross Income amount – line 4 for 1040EZ, line 21 for 1040A or line 37 for 1040. Enter this as a replacement for your PIN.

    About the Author

    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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