Setting Up an IRS Account

The Internal Revenue Service has updated how users sign in and verify their identity for certain IRS online services with a mobile-friendly platform that relies on trusted third parties and provides an improved user experience. The agency encourages taxpayers to create a new account by using one of the tools listed below. This new process is part of the agency's Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) initiatives to provide more ways for taxpayers to verify their identity and access IRS tools.

The IRS is using, a trusted technology provider of identity verification and sign-in services, for taxpayers to securely access IRS tools. Anyone with an existing account from the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, or from another government agency, can sign in with their existing credentials. If they're a new user, they'll have to provide a photo of an identity document such as a driver's license, state ID or passport as part of the identity verification process. They'll also need to take a selfie with a smartphone or a computer with a webcam. Once they verify their identity, they can use their account across multiple IRS tools and at other government agencies that also use