Things are getting weird…
This is not a joke. The IRS requires you to full dox now to access your own records or to make any changes to tax payments.
Full video recording, pictures, IDs, the works.
Going to be the most comprehensive government facial recognition database ever. t.co/W5vJsU2uU7
— MeanHash ₿ ✪ (@MeanHash) January 20, 2022
The International Revenue Service (IRS) is going to require users of its online tax payment services to create an identification account, which will involve sending off a selfie for facial recognition.
Security blogger Brian Krebs was the first to spot a message on the IRS website directing users to create an account with a company called ID.me.
“If you have an existing IRD username, please create a new ID.me account as soon as possible. We’re bringing you an improved sign-in experience. You won’t be able to log in with your existing IRS username and password starting in summer 2022,” the message read.
Creating an ID.me account involves submitting various pieces of official documentation, as well as taking a live video selfie.
An IRS spokesperson confirmed to Gizmodo that users will need an ID.me account to make and view payments, and access their tax records.