The IRS is intensifying its collaboration with ID.me — a growing software company specializing in facial recognition software. So far, these features are optional, but it could become mandatory for everyone by the end of summer 2022.
According to available data, ID.me already covers over 50% of the US unemployment agencies and a growing number of federal institutions. In addition, company data point to the fact that the platform passed 70 million users and that it gains 145,000 new users daily.
The facial recognition software demanded by the IRS is optional for users who set their passwords and usernames before the introduction of the software. However, these will no longer be accepted after summer, and users will be forced to switch to facial recognition.
The process is already in motion for all new users. It’s not possible to register on the IRS website without having signed up to the ID.me.
The verification process itself isn’t complicated, but it takes a bit of time. First and foremost, you’ll need to upload your ID photo or the photo that’s on your passport or driver’s license. After that, you’ll need to film and upload a video selfie, so the software can make the necessary calculations.