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Allowing Taxpayers to Opt Out of Using Face Recognition to Authenticate Their Accounts Has Been Made Possible by the Internal Revenue Service

Individual taxpayers now have a new way to prove their identity, according to the IRS: a live virtual interview with tax agents.

It follows a decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that would have required account holders to submit their photo ID to a commercial company in order to verify their identity.

Account holders, according to ID.Me, can continue to use the selfie feature. A virtual interview with an agent is also a possibility for validating identification, but it doesn’t require biometric data (such as facial recognition) if taxpayers prefer to certify their identity via the virtual interview method.

The new option was unveiled by the IRS on Monday. Any selfies that have already been sent to ID.Me will be erased, along with any selfies being stored on the company’s servers, “over the following few weeks.”

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For this year’s tax season, the IRS has come up with a temporary remedy. Using Login.Gov a programme used by other federal agencies, the company says it is working with the government to make its services more accessible. Login’s security and scale requirements are now being met by the GSA and the Internal Revenue Service

According to the IRS, this option will be available to taxpayers after the 2022 filing deadline. The debate over the usage of identification.

This year’s concerns for the IRS include the COVID-19 pandemic, a backlog of millions of unprocessed tax returns from last year, and inadequate staffing and funds.