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US Taxpayers Must Sign Up For More Secure E-Services

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

12 December 2017


All e-Services users must register through a new, more rigorous identity proofing process called Secure Access, as of December 10, 2017.

Adoption of the new process is not optional; the IRS has been required to make the change to meet federal information system standards.

In recent years, the IRS has authenticated each e-Services user individually. When registering for e-Services, taxpayers were asked for their name, address, social security number, date of birth, adjusted gross income, and filing status. That limited amount of information is no longer enough to meet federal information system standards, the IRS said, adding that users will continue to be authenticated as individuals.

According to the IRS, Secure Access strengthens the initial identity-proofing process to make sure the person registering is who they say they are. It introduces also a two-factor authentication process, requiring a code received by phone or through the IRS2Go app, for returning users to help prevent account takeover by cybercriminals.

Any e-Services user who has not previously created a Secure Access account through Get Transcript Online, IP PIN tool, View Balance, or by exception processing must validate their identity through this more rigorous process.

The IRS released guidance on December 10 for taxpayers and their agents, covering also the use of the IRS2Go app.

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