Starting this summer, the IRS is asking users of its online tools to verify their identity by registering with its biometric partner ID.me, which requires users to submit a driver’s license or passport along with a selfie. or, in some cases, video, for facial recognition. , according to several reports.
Online user login credentials will stop working this summer, and people will be directed to ID.me to create an account. This decision affects anyone who uses the IRS portal to access documents, view tax information, make payments, and verify payments such as economic stimulus or child tax credit.
New IRS online users will need to register with ID.me. This is not necessary for those who simply want to file their taxes.
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Virginia-based ID.me is already working with unemployment agencies in 27 states to reduce the number of fraudulent claims for state and federal benefits. It also verifies the identity of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, CNN reported. The company has 70 million users and claims to add 145,000 daily.
ID.me was launched by the IRS last year to verify the identity of people who refuse to receive child tax credit advance payments. The agency announced in November 2021 that it planned to expand its use to all connections, but the news fell under the radar until tax season approached this year.
“To help protect taxpayer security, the IRS uses an identity verification process to access IRS self-help tools, such as verifying your account online and getting an online transcript,” the IRS said in a statement to CNN Business.
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Caitlin Seeley George, campaign manager at Fight For the Future, told Axios that the IRS ruling is one of the most significant in the country for facial recognition and “there is no doubt it will harm lives. deprived of people”.
She also pointed to ID.me’s terms of service, which allow the company to share data with police, government agencies and “selected partners.”