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IRS to Require Facial Recognition for Digital Services

People who use the IRS digital portal will need to be prepared starting in the summer to submit a live video selfie and various documentation to make and view payments and access tax records.

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(TNS) — The IRS will require users of its online portal to create an account starting this summer.

Citing security blogger Brian Krebs, Business Insider reported on a new message on the IRS website directing users to create an account with

“If you have an existing IRS username, please create a new account as soon as possible. We’re bringing you an improved sign-in experience. You won’t be able to log in with your existing IRS username and password starting in summer 2022,” the message read. “If you’re a new user, please create an account with”

To create an account, users must submit several pieces of documentation as well as a live video selfie.

An IRS spokesperson confirmed users will need an account to make and view payments and access their tax records.

According to Krebs, McLean, Va.-based was originally launched in 2010 and was primarily designed to help e-commerce sites validate the identities of customers such as teachers or veterans who might be eligible for discounts. Since then, many states have begun using to verify people eligible for unemployment or other benefits.

The company says it has about 64 million users.

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