Self Select Personal Identification Number (PIN)
What is a Personal Identification Number (PIN)?
The self select PIN allows taxpayers to electronically sign their e-filed return by selecting a
five digit PIN. The five-digit PIN can be any five numbers except all zeros. It eliminates the requirement for Form
8453, making your e-filed return truly paperless.
When to use the Personal Identification Number (PIN)?
You can use your PIN whether you do you own taxes or have a tax professional prepare them for
Where to get / apply for the Personal Identification Number (PIN)?
You create your own PIN. You do not register the PIN with the IRS before filing or need to
contact the IRS to get it. If you file a joint return a PIN is needed for each taxpayer.
What is a practitioner PIN?
The Practitioner PIN is the electronic signature program used by tax professionals (EROs).
Taxpayers that are eligible to file Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ and have their return prepared professionally can
use this method.
When can this method not be used?
This method cannot be used when forms that would normally be attached to Form 8453 are required,
such as Form 3115, Application for change in Accounting Method, and Form 8332, Release of Claim to Exemption
for Child of Divorced or Separated Parents, among others.