Doing your taxes? The IRS will soon require a video selfie to access your account

If you’re filing your 2021 taxes online, you’ll soon be required to submit a selfie to the Internal Revenue Service to verify your identity before accessing your account.

To protect users’ privacy and reduce fraud, the IRS has contracted with, a third-party service with an exhaustive registration process that includes taking a video selfie with a smartphone or webcam-enabled computer, as well as submitting sensitive government documents and verifying your credit history.

You can still access basic tax info without registering, but starting this summer the new verification procedure will be needed to view and make payments, access the Child Tax Credit Update Portal and perform “other routine tasks,” according to a November 2021 release, with additional IRS applications transitioning to the new method over the course of 2022.

“Identity verification is critical to protect taxpayers and their information,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in the release. “The IRS has been working hard to make improvements in this area, and this new verification process is designed to make IRS online applications as secure as possible for people,”

We’ll explain how to take your video selfie and set up an account, as well as what to do if fails to verify your identity.

For more, learn when to file your taxes, how to choose the best tax-prep software for 2022 and how you could get a bigger tax refund this year due to the expanded child care tax credit.

Why do I need to create an account?

Creating an account with the IRS provides several benefits — you can make or schedule payments, view and print tax records and manage online authorization requests from tax professionals. The IRS account was primarily used in 2021 by recipients of advance child tax credit payments, who could use it to enroll or unenroll in the advance payment program and to monitor their payments.

An account is currently required to create a new online IRS account. If you have an IRS account name and password that you created before was implemented, that account will still work until summer 2022. The IRS has not given a specific date for when the old accounts must be converted over to accounts…Read more>>


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