The IRS announced today a new way to access the IRS online services. Starting today accessing the IRS online account, obtaining transcripts online, updating child tax credit information, obtaining an installment agreement or obtaining an IP PIN is a lot more user friendly and a lot more secure.
IRS is using ID.me
IRS is outsourcing the identity verification process to a well known technology provider, ID.me. ID.me is a Virginia based technology company that provides services to multiple government agencies and health care providers. This will make the process of accessing the IRS online services a lot simpler. And, in addition, if you encounter any issues with the identity verification process, you can get help a lot easier. ID.me comes with increased help desk assistance.
Tax Professional Applications Will Also Use ID.me
Tax professionals will benefit from this change as well. IRS will use ID.me to allow access to the “Tax Pro Account”. As well as for submitting Forms 2448 and 8821.
How Will your Identity Be Verified?
ID.me will request that you provide them with an identity document, like a driver’s license, state ID or passport and for a selfie that you can take with a computer webcam or a smartphone.
When Do You Need to Make the Change?
If you already have an IRS username, you may continue to use it until summer 2022, but you will be prompted to create and ID.me account as soon as possible. If you need help with this process the IRS provided a help site, ID.me IRS Help Site.
It is good to see these improvements to the way IRS provides online services, in the context of so many cases of identity theft.
Remember to always protect your information. We recommend all our clients to try to take as many steps as possible to protect their identity, such as: obtaining an IRS IP PIN, freezing your credit score with the 3 credit bureau agencies, using secure portals for exchanging sensitive documentation, avoiding emailing sensitive information.
If you need help with your federal or state taxes, give us a call or schedule an appointment.
This material is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute tax, legal or accounting advice.