You do not register the pin with the irs before filing or need to contact the irs to get it. For the purpose of signing your electronic return you can reuse your self select pin from last year or create a new one to use it doesn t matter which option you choose.
However due to attempted hackings the irs no longer issues pins.
How to get my self select pin from last year. Only you have access to that number. That being said you can still self select a pin and in some cases get an irs issued identity protected pin. The irs is asking for your last year s adjusted gross income agi in lieu of that pin number.
The self select pin is a random 5 digit number that you enter as your electronic signature when e filing your return. You create your own self select pin. Click on the year and click on download print return pdf the 5 digit e file pin will also be included in the transfer of the 2017 tax data to the 2018 tax return.
You can reuse your self select pin from last year or enter your agi from last year s tax return. If you electronically filed e filed your return last year you may have created a self select pin to use as your electronic signature. The self select pin method personal identification number is one option for taxpayers to use when signing their electronic form 1040 and form 4868.