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IRS Debuts New ID Tool for Online Access

The Internal Revenue Service has introduced what it says is an improved identity verification and sign-in process for securely accessing and using IRS online tools and applications. The agency says the process reaches more people through the expanded use of ID documents and increased help desk assistance for verifying taxpayer identities.

Initially, the procedure can be used on services such as Child Tax Credit Update PortalOnline AccountGet Transcript OnlineGet an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) and Online Payment Agreement. The new process will spread to additional IRS applications over the next year.  The system has also been integrated with Tax Pro Account or to submit Forms 2848 and 8821 online used by tax professionals.

The IRS is using the services of ID.me with taxpayers asked to sign in with an ID.me account. Those with existing IRS usernames can use those until the summer of 2022 but are prompted to create an ID. Me account. 

The system will prompt taxpayers to provide a photo of an identity document such as a driver’s license, state ID or passport and they also need to take a selfie with a smartphone or with a webcam on a computer. They can access on the online services once their identities have been verified.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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