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What is the Self-Select PIN Program?

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What is the Self-Select PIN Program?

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The Self-Select PIN Program is a way of filing a totally paperless electronic return. This program allows taxpayers to electronically sign their e-filed return by selecting a five digit PIN number. The PIN can be any five numbers (except all zero's). If the return is a married filing joint status, both taxpayers will need to enter the information and each will need to select a PIN number. In addition, the IRS requires your AGI or adjusted gross income from the previous years tax return. This is to verify your identity for the current return.

The following taxpayers are eligible to use the Self-Select PIN:

  • Taxpayers who filed Form 1040 (1040 SR), 1040A, or 1040EZ for the previous tax year.
  • Taxpayers who filed Form 1040-PR for prior year, who are eligible to file Form 1040 (1040SR) for this year
  • Taxpayers who did not file a return last year, but have filed previously.
  • Taxpayers who are 16 or older on or before December 31, who have never filed a tax return.
  • Taxpayers under age 16, filing as Primary Taxpayers, who have filed previously.
  • Taxpayers under age 16, filing as Secondary Taxpayers (spouse), who filed in the immediate prior year.
  • Military personnel residing overseas with APO/FPO addresses.
  • Taxpayers residing in the American Possessions of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, America Samoa, Guam and Northern Marianas, or with foreign country addresses.
  • Taxpayers filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return; Form 2688. Application for Additional Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return; or Form 2350, Application for Extension of Time to File U.S. Income Tax Return.
  • Those who are filing on behalf of deceased taxpayers.

The following taxpayers are NOT eligible to use the Self-Select PIN:

  • Primary Taxpayers under age 16 that have never filed.
  • Secondary Taxpayers under age 16 that did not file in the immediate prior year.
  • Taxpayers who filed Forms 1040-NR or 1040-SS for the current tax year.
  • Taxpayers required to file the following Forms: Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. Form 5713, International Boycott Report.  Form 8283, Non-Cash Charitable Contributions (if using Part B). Form 8332, Release of Claim to Exemption for Children of Divorced or Separated Parents.  Form 8609, Low-Income Housing Credit. Allocation Certification.

You will need to know the prior year's Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and birthdate for each taxpayer. In most cases, the AGI will be the same for each spouse. However, if you were not married the prior year and filed separate returns, each spouse will need the information from their own return.

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