On November 17, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it had launched a new and improved identity verification and sign in process. The new accounts are available on IRS.gov. The new accounts use a technology provider with the web address ID.me. These accounts include substantial improvements in the identity verification process.
IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig stated, "Identity verification is critical to protect taxpayers and their information. The IRS has been working hard to make improvements in this area and this new verification process is designed to make IRS online applications as secure as possible for people. To help taxpayers and the tax community, we are improving the accessibility of online tools that help families manage their Child Tax Credit, check on their IRS accounts and securely perform other routine tasks online."
The ID.me initiative has been developed under the Secure Access Digital Identity Initiative of the federal government. It will include additional services, such as the ability to connect taxpayers with their tax professionals.