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IRS Will Soon Require Selfies to Access Some Features on Their Site

UPDATE: See here for new update regarding ID.me

Beginning this summer, taxpayers will be required to confirm their identity through a third-party company to access their IRS.gov account. To protect taxpayers' privacy and reduce fraud, the IRS has partnered with ID.me to confirm users' identities. We expect the IRS to expand the program in the future, but this should not impact your ability to pay or file taxes.

If you have an existing login, it will be deactivated after the summer of 2022. You will need to create an ID.me login to continue using the following IRS services:

  • Child Tax Credit Update Portal
  • Get Transcript Online
  • Get an Identity Protection Pin (IP Pin)
  • View Online Payment Agreements

Before you begin, you will need a valid government-issued photo ID – a driver’s license or passport are both valid forms of ID. You will also need access to a smartphone or a computer with a webcam to take a selfie. The steps can be quite lengthy – especially if you are required to use alternative methods for identity verification.

Follow these steps when you are ready to begin:

Step 1: Navigate to IRS.gov and click on “Sign in to Your Account” in the middle of the screen. You will be prompted to either login with ID.me or create a new account with ID.me.

Step 2: Create a new account. You will be prompted to enter your email and create a password. Once this step is complete, you will be prompted to confirm your email address by clicking on the link in the verification email.

Step 3: Choose a Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) option from the following: text message, phone call, push notification, code generator application, FIDO security key, or NFC-enabled mobile security key.

Step 4: Upload images of your government-issued ID. You have the option of taking a picture with your smartphone or uploading the ID.

Step 5: Once your documents are accepted, you will be prompted to take a live selfie so that ID.me can compare the live image to your government-issued ID.

Step 6: Verify your landline or cell phone number. Voice-over-IP will not be accepted.

Step 7: Verify your social security number.

Step 8: Review the summary of personal information and select the checkbox for the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Step 9: Grant access to your personal identifiable information to the IRS. If you deny access, you will not be granted a login.

Creation of an ID.me login is not currently required. However, given the time investment required to go through these steps, we advise that you confirm your identity sooner rather than later so that you have access to your account when the need arises.

If you have any questions regarding this new requirement, please reach out to your HBK tax advisor.

About the Author(s)

Sarah N. Gaymon, CPA
Sarah Nicole Gaymon, CPA is a Senior Manager in the Tax Advisory Group at HBK CPAs & Consultants located in the West Palm Beach office providing trust and estate support services for the CPAs in all HBK offices. Sarah’s specialty and focus areas include tax compliance and tax consulting for high net worth individuals, family groups, trusts, estates, and gift tax issues. In addition, Sarah specializes in fiduciary accounting for trusts and estates.

Sarah regularly consults on family wealth, succession and estate planning. She also has experience in US planning and compliance related to foreign trusts, foreign estates, and individual foreign tax compliance and residency issues.

Nicole Vinco
Nicole Vinco is a Senior Tax Associate in the Columbus, Ohio office of HBK CPAs & Consultants. She is a member of the Tax Specialist Group and focuses on tax compliance and consulting for individuals, trusts, estates, and business entities. Prior to joining HBK, she worked for a Fortune 500 company in the Columbus area. Nicole can be reached at 614-228-4000 or by email at nvinco@hbkcpa.com.

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