How to Recover a Tax E-File Pin

Almost no one enjoys filing tax returns, but at least e-filing makes it convenient. All you need for that is a personal identification number, or PIN, but losing track of that from one year to the next isn't uncommon. If that happens, you can't "recover" the old one, but you can get a new one through the IRS PIN help page.

Read the pop-up labeled "Authorized Use" at the IRS PIN help page, then click "OK."

Type your name, address, birthdate, tax-filing status and Social Security number in the appropriate spaces on the form.

Hit "Submit" to see the new PIN on the next page.


  • Another option is to call 1-866-704-7388 and let the touch-tone system prompts lead you to your new PIN.

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