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Taxpayer Authentication and Theft Protection PIN input

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Taxpayer Authentication and Theft Protection PIN input

Description

In Intuit Tax Online (ITO), there is a new section in the Client Information input screen on individual tax returns beginning in TY2015.

  • Taxpayer Authentication
    • The first field, "Driver's License/State ID", can be any government issued ID (driver?s license, employer ID, school ID, state ID, military ID, national ID, voter ID, visa or passport.)
    • Note also that the Theft Protection PIN has moved from the Miscellaneous Information/Direct Deposit screen (starting in TY2015)
  • Spouse Authentication

NOTE:  The Spouse Authentication section contains the same input fields.

More Details

  • These inputs are in response to the new requirements for Identity Verfication from the IRS as described below..
  • These inputs are for efile purposes only but are not required for efiling in TY2015.
  • These input fields are required  to be in the program, but for TY2015, efile will not be blocked if the fields are not populated.  (Some states may require the inputs.  Critical Diagnostics will generate in that situation)

IRS Publication 1345  sets forth the following guidelines as they relate to identify verification.  This information can be found starting on Page 23 of the document.

In-Person Transaction

The ERO must inspect a valid government picture identification; compare picture to applicant; and record the name, social security number, address and date of birth. Verify that the name, social security number, address, date of birth and other personal information on record are consistent with the information provided through record checks with the applicable agency or institution or through credit bureaus or similar databases.

For in-person transactions, the record checks with the applicable agency or institution or through credit bureaus or similar databases are optional. * Examples of government picture identification (ID) include a driver?s license, employer ID, school ID, state ID, military ID, national ID, voter ID, visa or passport. If there is a multi-year business relationship, you should identify and authenticate the taxpayer.

*This means that obtaining a credit report is not required where identification steps have been taken.

Remote Transaction

The electronic return originator must record the name, social security number, address and date of birth. Verify that the name, social security number, address, date of birth and other personal information on record are consistent with the information provided through record checks with the applicable agency or institution or through credit bureaus or similar databases.

Theft Protection PIN

This provides an input field to enter an IRS-issued Theft Protection PIN.  For more information, please refer to this IRS Frequently Asked Questions article.

NOTE:  The 6-digit IP PIN is sometimes confused with the 5-digit e-File PIN; they?re not the same or interchangeable.

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