Self-Select PIN Requirements
The Self-Select PIN will be the only IRS e-file signature method available to taxpayers filing online.
To get your tax return accepted through e-file, the taxpayer must pass the IRS authentication process as follows:
One of the following information must match the IRS database:
- Prior Year Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) (enter as a whole number, no comma, decimal, or cents); if this is the first time you filed a tax return, enter "$0" in the prior year AGI field.
- Or Prior Year Self Select PIN
Then sign your tax return electronically by selecting a current year pin (any 5 digit number).
(If you filed the prior year return late or paper filed after Oct 15th, please enter a zero as the AGI amount and leave the prior year self select PIN box blank)
If you receive e-file rejection due to pin error, you will need to correct your return:
Log in and click on "Fix PIN errors". Correct your provided information and save and continue thru to the end of the software and re-submit. You will not be charged again.
If you have tried all of the options above and still cannot get passed the e-file authentication process, then you must file your return on paper by mailing in.
Limitation: *Taxpayers under age 16 who have never filed cannot efile their first return, the return must be printed and mailed to the IRS and state.