Tax pros: The Security Summit partners encourage you to increase your efforts to inform your clients about the IRS Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to help protect people against tax-related identity theft. The IP PIN serves as a critical defense against identity thieves. The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry – working together as the Security Summit – need your help to let taxpayers know that IP PINs are now available to anyone who can verify their identity. This news release is also available in Spanish.

The IRS also provides information about how the IRS contacts taxpayers and avoiding scams.