Wednesday May 4, 2022 – Last year the IRS signed an $86 million contract with identity verification provider ID.me to provide biometric identity verification services. As soon as the deal was announced, there was an outcry – and the IRS seemed to backtrack.
Yesterday IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee that the taxpayer access to the online IRS depends on .”identity proofing.” Something the current system just isn’t good at.
It appears from all the news, the IRS is backtracking again – going back to ID.me and biometric data of taxpayers.
The public – along with many members of Congress – loudly objected to the invasion of privacy necessary to access their own records. Now, that the roar has quieted, the IRS is back at it, pushing ID.me on the unwary public.
Attorney Steven A. Leahy revisits the IRS ID.me controversy on this episode of Today’s Tax Talk