Beginning with Tax Year 2015, the Taxpayer Authentication and Spouse Authentication input section(s) are available to verify and enter the following information:
- Customer Type - Select one of three options:
- New Taxpayer
- Returning Taxpayer to the Same Preparer
- Returning Taxpayer to the Same Firm (New Preparer)
- Taxpayer Identity Verification - Select one of the four options:
- Identity Not Verified
- In Person - Valid Government Picture ID
- Remote - Valid Government Picture ID or Financial/Utility Account Number
- Remote -valid Government Picture ID and Financial/Utility Account Number
- ID Type - Select:
- Driver's License Number
- State Issued ID
- Driver's License/State ID # - Some states required driver's license information as a measure to prevent identity theft. Please see: State Agency Driver's License and State ID Expectations for more information.
- Driver's License State - The state indicated on the driver's license.
- Issue Date - The issue date as it appears on the driver's license/state ID.
- Expiration Date - The expiration date as it appears on the driver's license/state ID.
- Additional Information - Enter additional information here.
- IRS Theft Protection PIN - IRS issued Theft Protection PIN should be entered here. This is a 6-digit PIN.
2017 & 2018 - Available on Screen 1, Client Information:
- The Spouse Authentication section contains similar input fields.
- Input for the Dependent Theft Protection PIN can be found on Screen 2, Dependent Information, screen in the Theft Protection PIN (input sheet code USC2_23) box at the bottom of the screen.
- State information for Iowa, New York and Alabama will not transfer. This must be entered year over year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Why am I being asked for my driver's license number?
A1. In an effort to better protect you from identity thieves, some states will be trying new approaches. Some states may ask for additional identification information, such as your driver's license number, when you are preparing your state tax return. This will be another layer of protection because identity thieves may already have your name and Social Security number, but perhaps not your driver's license number. States requesting this information have the ability to match driver's license information and other identifying records to help confirm your identity. Note: Because this information is used to verify identity, this information does not proforma from year to year.
Q2. Do I need to enter a driver's license to file my Federal Tax return?
A2. Beginning in Tax Year 2016 the Federal return requires an 'identity verification level' to be assigned to each electronic return. The requirement is set when the Taxpayer Identity Verification is selected. When 'Identity Not Verified' or 'State-Issued ID' is indicated, additional inputs are Not required for Federal e-file.
The identity verification level is determined by the Taxpayer Identity Verification selection made in Screen 1, Taxpayer Authentication section, and must be marked to calculate the appropriate identity verification level.
Identity Not Verified (When selected, ID Number is Not Required)
In Person - Valid Government Picture ID (When selected, ID Number is Required)
Remote - Valid Government Picture ID or Financial Utility Account Number (When selected, ID Number is Required)
Q3. What is a Financial Utility Account Number?
A3. Reference: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
Financial or utility account number examples include: checking account, savings account, utility account, loan, credit card, or tax identification number.
The following reference information is provided as guidelines from the Internal Revenue Service to tax professionals with regard to identity verification. IRS Publication 1345 (Page 23);
In-Person Transaction Defined
The ERO must inspect a valid government picture identification; compare the picture to the 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 Defined
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 Defined
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.