This month I want to bring your attention to a way for you to protect fraudulent filing of your tax return. The IRS has a procedure enabling you to acquire a Personal Identification Number (PIN).
The procedure is simple, and you use it while you file your return so that your identity can be confirmed. The IP PIN is a six-digit number known only to you and IRS. After you apply, the IRS will send you a new IP PIN each year.
From IRS.gov use the “Get an IP Pin” tool. If you don’t have an account on IRS.com you will need to register first. The IP PIN tool is generally available starting in mid-January through mid-November, so you may want to set a reminder on your calendar. You can also obtain an IP PIN for your spouse and dependents. In the event you lose it, you will be able to retrieve it by signing back and follow the instructions under “retrieve your IP now.”
Also, as we close out the year, you may need to evaluate Required Minimum Distributions from inheritance, contributions to your retirement arrangements, review your investments to evaluate capital gain tax laws, and review recent legislation. I wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season, with success and love in the New Year. God Bless!