Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
Level Basic Advanced Military International

Quality Review of the Tax Return

Signing Form 1040

Self-Select PIN

The Self-Select PIN allows taxpayers to electronically sign their e-file return by entering a five-digit PIN into the tax software. The PIN is any five numbers taxpayers choose to enter as their electronic signature. (Volunteers may suggest taxpayers use their ZIP code.) The number cannot be all zeros. Taxpayers do not need to register the PIN with the IRS before e-filing, nor contact the IRS to get one. Advise taxpayers to record their Self-Select PIN so they can use it when e-filing next year.

Refer to PIN Guidelines in the Volunteer Resource Guide (Tab 12).


The tax return must be completed and quality reviewed before deciding to use the Self-Select PIN program.

 Taxpayer and volunteer at computer.