Different expert here. According to Turbo Tax getting an Electronic Filing PIN from the IRS is quick and easy, simply click here and go to this IRS website or call their automated number 1-866-704-7388.
The IRS will ask for information from last year's 2011 return so they can verify your identity. Once verified, you'll receive your 5-digit PIN so you can e-file your 2012 return.
Your assigned PIN, which cannot be changed, is valid only until e-filing shuts down in mid-October, so don't worry about writing it down for next year.
And finally – don't forget to also get a PIN for your spouse if you're filing a joint return!
This information, along with specific information re: what if this is my first time filing through Turbo tax, etc is from the following web site:
Please note that you may electronically file up until Oct 15. Even if you owe money to the IRS, if you can obtain your pin # XXXXX Monday (and please don't talk to the same "expert" you got before who told you you can just enter a "0".....since you now know that that advice got you no where) Electronically filing, if you can obtain your pin # XXXXX Turbo Tax in the next few days, it would still be quicker to efile.
If you can't obtain the pin, then you will have to mail your return as the expert above stated.
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