Should You Have an Identity Protection PIN?

An IP PIN is a six-digit number assigned by the IRS to eligible taxpayers. This pin helps prevent the misuse of taxpayers’ SSNs on fraudulent federal income tax returns. Recently, as a result of the Taxpayer First Act, the IRS has opened the IP PIN system to a variety of taxpayers. In addition to taxpayers whose SSNs the IRS has determined are compromised for tax-filing purposes, IP PINs are now available to those who filed their federal tax return last year as a resident of Florida, Georgia, the District of Columbia, Michigan, California, Maryland, Nevada, Delaware, Illinois, and Rhode Island or received an IRS letter inviting them to “opt-in” to get an IP PIN. Requesting an IP PIN is strictly voluntary. If you choose not to participate in the program, you can file your return as you normally would. If you are assigned or if you request an IP PIN, you must use it – along with your SSN – to confirm your identity on any tax returns filed electronically during the calendar year.

If you have any questions, please contact our office to discuss the Pros and Cons.

IRS Link: https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-identity-protection-personal-identification-number-ip-pin#q2

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Siepert & Co., LLP recently celebrated their 70th Anniversary. As an acknowledgment of this achievement, management staff presented anniversary awards to the firms business partners (left to right) Dennis Hildebrandt, Mark Kerman, and Brian Barnhardt. Congratulations to the entire Siepert team!

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Thomson Reuters held their 2019 SYNERGY Users’ Conference in Denver, CO this year.   This yearly conference is for tax and accounting professionals, and it’s an exclusive opportunity to share expertise, network with peers, and gain practical knowledge.  The business partners and staff members were able to attend workshops and spend four days earning CPE credit, getting hands-on training, learning about technology updates, and being inspired by nationally recognized accounting, technology, and motivational experts.  This was a great opportunity to network with others and share knowledge and tips to stay ahead of the curve and continue to bring top level service to our clients.