How to Register for an IRS Account and the Information Required
Creating an online account is a key step toward tax season compliance. When it comes to verifying taxpayer identities, the IRS has worked with ID.me, a company it knows and trusts to deliver reliable technology. Both regular taxpayers and tax preparers need to use ID.me for login verification.
Creating and IRS account
A new taxpayer portal on IRS.gov requires the following data to be entered before you can get started. Make sure you have and understand the following details before you get started:
- Email address
- social security (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification
- Number (ITIN)
- Tax filing status with mailing address
- Proof of identity such as a driver’s licence or passport with a photo
- Name-enabled mobile phone (for faster registration) or
- the option to get a code by mail and activate it.
If you select postal delivery of your activation code, expect a delay of around 5-10 business days. There is a 30-day time limit on activation codes after they are obtained, after which a new code must be sought.
Details required to complete your registration:
- Full Name
- Social Security Number (SSN)
- Current address
- Mobile Phone (must be a smart phone with internet and texting capabilities)
- ID (drivers license, passport, or state ID)
- Email Address
Once you’ve successfully made an account, you may access it using the email address and password you specified at registration, assuming this wasn’t done automatically for you. To prevent unauthorised access, a security code will be texted to your registered mobile phone number and must be input within the given time frame (typically five minutes). Upon first logging in, you may be presented with a page that details the times and dates of your most recent failed login attempts.