The Virginia Department of Taxation has announced that they will provide personal identification numbers (PINs) to Virginia taxpayers that have been identified as potential victims of identity theft for use when filing Virginia personal income tax returns in 2016. The PINs, which are valid for one calendar year, will be sent to affected taxpayers in personalized letters through the U.S. Mail in early December. Tax preparers should remember to ask all clients if they have been issued PINs from the department because they are different from the IP PIN issued by the IRS or an electronic filing PIN. The PINs should be used on any personal income tax return filed in 2016, including amended and prior year returns. Taxpayers and tax preparers will be prompted to enter the PIN when using tax software. When using Virginia’s fillable form or filing a paper return, the PIN should be entered in the Office Use box. Only one PIN needs to be provided when filing a joint tax return and either spouse’s PIN will be acceptable, if each spouse was provided a PIN. If the PIN is forgotten or lost, the taxpayer should call the Customer Contact Center at (804) 367-8031 to request a new PIN, which will be provided by mail. Only the taxpayer or a representative who has a valid power of attorney from the taxpayer can request a replacement PIN.
Taxpayers should be reminded not to share their PINs with anyone, except a tax professional filing their returns. The department notes that only those taxpayers identified as victims of identity theft are currently eligible to receive PINs; however, the department may consider expanding this effort during the 2017 personal income tax filing season.
Tax Department Provides PINs to Victims of Tax-Related ID Theft, Virginia Department of Taxation, December 3, 2015