– The bane of some people’s existence, the Internal Revenue Service, is about to make life a little harder this summer. U.S. taxpayers won’t be able to perform most functions on IRS.gov without providing a video selfie to a private identity verification company, CNBC reports. Don’t panic yet, this step won’t be necessary to file your taxes online or make digital payments. However, it will be necessary to consult payment agreements, tax transcripts or the Child Tax Credit Update Portal.
Users will need to create an account with ID.me, which is not part of the IRS or any other government agency. Each online user will need to provide a driver’s license, passport or ID card, as well as take a selfie using their computer or smartphone. This process will be required for existing and new IRS.gov users. Some media say people won’t be able to pay or file their taxes, but a government spokesperson refutes that in a statement provided to CNBC: “The IRS emphasizes that taxpayers can pay or file their taxes without submit a selfie or other information to a third party. party identity verification company. However, the third-party verification system will be required to verify the status of stimulus checks, set up payment terms, and request PINs.
ID.me has been in business since 2010, according to Krebs on Security, and has contracts with several state and federal government agencies. Lately, it has been widely used to root out pandemic aid fraud. Some state unemployment benefit claimants complain that ID.me’s technology has delayed their payments for months, while others allege that all facial recognition software has privacy concerns and racism. potential. If a user cannot verify their identity online, they will need to verify their identity during a live video call with an ID.me employee. Taxpayers who do not wish to participate in this type of identity verification or who do not have the required identity documents will need to perform functions such as requesting tax transcripts by mail. (Read more stories from the IRS.)