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However, the identity theft PIN is useful. If you are a victim of ID theft (or a resident of a test area) you can ask the IRS to issue a PIN to you that must be included with your electronically filed return. The IRS will not accept your return without that PIN.

I was a victim of ID theft years ago and receive a PIN from the IRS every year. When it occurred, the only way to get a PIN was to be a victim of ID theft. I thought that policy was crazy at the time and thought anyone who wanted a PIN should get one. I don't know if the IRS has changed that policy. It would help eliminate a lot of fake returns.

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