By Mark Castro, CPA
May 18, 2022
In November of 2021, the IRS began switching many of their online services applications to a new authentication platform. Beginning at that time, any new user of e-Services was required to set up an account via the IRS trusted technology provider, ID.me. Existing users have been able to access their e-Service account using their existing username and password they created using the IRS legacy authentication system.
Beginning later this summer, the IRS will begin to require all users of e-Service applications (such as EROs and tax professionals) to go through the authentication process via ID.me and obtain a new password. The IRS is encouraging all e-Service account users that have not re-authenticated themselves using the new authentication platform to do so now. Authenticating now ensures users can continue to access their e-Service account or other IRS online services that require the user to be authenticated when the transition to the new authentication platform occurs this summer.
Any existing e-Services user can re-authenticate themselves by using the IRS Tax Pro Account application on the IRS website.
The authentication process can be performed in one of two ways:
Under both authentication methods, the individual will need an email address and their Social Security Number. They will also need the following based on the option they chose to verify themselves:
For more information, see the following: