Wednesday, February 2, 2022

IRS to Require Taxpayers to Submit Selfies to Access Website; Will Require Facial Recognition to Access Online Functions

IRS to require taxpayers to submit selfies to access website:
The IRS will soon require payers to provide selfies in order to provide more secure access to certain tools and applications on its website.
The additional layer of facial recognition will be needed from the summer of 2022 onward in order to log in to the IRS website and access the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, check online accounts, get tax transcripts, or view online payment agreements.
However, the IRS said people will not be required to submit a selfie or go through a facial recognition software in order to submit their tax returns.
Previously, a simple username and password were all that was required to access the website, but starting later this year, taxpayers will need to create an account with the identity verification company by providing a government-issued document with a photo, such as a driver's license or passport, and also take a video selfie of themselves using a phone or computer. --->READ MORE HERE
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IRS to Require Facial Recognition to Access Online Functions
The Internal Revenue Service will require taxpayers to upload videos of their faces in order to access some online functions beginning this summer.
In order to log in to the IRS website, where taxpayers can access child tax credits and complete payment plans, taxpayers will need to send a video of their face to facial recognition contractor to confirm their identity. Taxpayers will also need a government document such as a driver’s license along with the video selfie.
The IRS said Americans can still file tax returns and make payments from a bank or credit card account without facial recognition procedures.
“The IRS emphasizes taxpayers can pay or file their taxes without submitting a selfie or other information to a third-party identity verification company,” the agency told CNBC last week. “Tax payments can be made from a bank account, by credit card or by other means without the use of facial recognition technology or registering for an account.”
Roughly 70 million Americans have already scanned their faces to to file for unemployment benefits, child tax credits, and other services, according to the Washington Post. --->READ MORE HERE
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