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Self Select Pin

Using the self select pin allows you to:

  • e-file your tax return completely electronically
  • digitally “sign” your tax return
  • calculate and e-file your tax return completely paperless

How Do I Get My Self Select Pin?

You get a self select pin for you (and your spouse if you are married and filing a joint return) when you e-file your tax return.

  • Each person signing the tax return must have their own unique self select pin number
    • If you are married and filing a joint tax return, both you and your spouse must get your own unique self select pin numbers.
    • If your filing status is anything other than married and filing jointly – then you are the only person who will need a self select pin number
  • You choose your own pin number
    • It must be a 5 digit number
    • The pin can be any 5 numbers except for 00000 (all zeros)
  • To get your pin(s) you will need:
    • one piece of information from your previous year’s return or your previous year’s self select pin number
    • Your date of birth and your spouse’s date of birth, if you are married and filing jointly

If you don’t have your previous year’s tax return, or self select pin number, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or send Form 4506, Request for Copy of Transcript of Tax Form, to get a free transcript of your return. I can take between 7 and 10 days to receive your return transcript.

The Following Taxpayers Cannot Use the Self Selected Pin:

You are not eligible to file a paperless return with a self-select PIN if one of the following applies to you:

  • Taxpayers with Citizenship Code C (you are in the country legally, but you do not possess a valid Green Card ad are therefore not allowed to work);
  • Taxpayers with Citizenship Code D (you reside outside the country and are not entitled to Earned Income Credit (EIC), but are receiving federally funded benefits, and you are not allowed to work);
  • Taxpayers who are deceased;
  • Taxpayers required to submit forms or schedules, as part of their tax return, that cannot be accepted electronically.