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Wed May 11, 2022, 02:05 PM

IRS Question

In early April I received IRS Letter 5071C which instructed me to verify my identity in order to receive my 2021 federal tax refund. On irs.gov I was routed to a link for ID.me, which I could not get to work. A few days later I read an article in the Washington Post about a congressional investigation looking into the ID.me face-scan company. Then, a day or so later, my federal tax refund was deposited into my checking account.

Does anyone have any knowledge of this situation or have advice on whether or not I should still try to verify my I.D. with the IRS?

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2022, 02:18 PM

2. I have heard of this, the verifying of IDs via the IRS. Apparently this is in response to all of

the fake tax returns being filed by scammers, so in a way, this is to protect us. Seems like your problem went away, when your return was indeed deposited (I hope w/ the correct dollar amount, etc.).

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2022, 02:45 PM

3. I got a refund this year -- by mail -- and did not have to provide any ID. My return is

done by a CPA. Maybe the IRS is just flagging returns done by individuals???

I had read about the headaches on getting a refund. Here's my story: I mailed on the last day allowed (Monday) and by the next Wednesday my refund check was in the mail box.

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2022, 03:20 PM

4. I did the id.me thing this year

It isn't scammy, but YMMV on the comfort level of using a 3rd party to verify your identity.

I didn't want to get into the black hole of refund status if I had to send in a paper return. We had an unusually large refund from the feds this year, and it would've sucked to wait months, year, whatever to get it.

So I did the process with ID.me. I couldn't even submit the forms through turbotax unless I filled in the IRS 6-digit code that I ended up getting from the IRS.gov site after going through the process. My state will reject returns if the feds haven't accepted my return.

My fed refund took a week. My state refund took 3 days.

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2022, 04:02 PM

5. If you got the full refund ignore the IRS request

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Response to Cicada (Reply #5)

Wed May 11, 2022, 04:30 PM

6. That's my strong inclination.

Do you have an authoritative source for that opinion?

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