The IRS has issued a press release explaining new technology and methods for obtaining tax documents online. The recently launched Get Transcript online service includes a rigorous e-authentication process for taxpayers, in attempt to eliminate identity theft, and will also allow for more IRS services to come in the future. Get Transcript Online is now providing all users with access to their tax transcripts and other important tax return documents through the secure online framework. The press release states,

“The IRS is committed to the protection of taxpayer information and the security of our systems,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and continue to gather vast amounts of personal information as the result of data breaches at sources outside the IRS. In the face of that threat, we must provide the strongest possible authentication processes, while trying to enhance the ability of taxpayers to legitimately access their data and use IRS services online. We recognize that enhanced security will increase the challenge for taxpayers accessing our on-line services.”

While some taxpayers may now find it more difficult to authenticate their identities with this strengthened process, the IRS is committed to making sure everyone accessing the site will be able to do so in a safe and secure way. The IRS continues to support multiple options for those taxpayers who may be unable to access online features or who prefer to obtain information in more traditional ways. These options currently include ordering transcripts online or by phone for receipt by mail, which typically are delivered to the address of record within five to 10 days. The IRS continues to look for ways to expand options for all taxpayers.

In order to access the new online feature, taxpayers simply need an email address, a text-enabled cell phone and specific financial account information, such as a credit card number. The IRS will send verification, activation or security codes via email and text.

Check Fact Sheet 2016-20 for details on what is necessary to access Get Transcript Online.

For the full press release, click here: IRS Launches More Rigorous e-Authentication Process and Get Transcript Online

Posted by Allison Trupp, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal