IRS Launches New Online Tool for Basic Account Information

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Dec 2, 2016

The IRS announced that has launched a new online tool for taxpayers, who will be able to use it to access basic information on themselves such as the amount they owe for tax, penalties and interest. They will also be able to set up payments through this tool through direct pay, pay by card and Online Payment Agreement. 

“This new tool is part of the IRS’s commitment to improve and expand taxpayer services by providing additional online taxpayer options,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “The new ‘balance due’ feature, paired with the existing online payment options, will increase the availability of self-service interactions with the IRS. This will give taxpayers another way to take care of their tax obligations in a fast and secure manner.”

While the information may be pretty basic now, the IRS said that other capabilities will continue to be added to this platform as they are developed and tested.

To access the tool, taxpayers must authenticate their identities through the rigorous Secure Access process. This is a two-step authentication process, which means returning users must have their credentials (username and password) plus a security code sent as a text to their mobile phones. Taxpayers who have registered using Secure Access for Get Transcript Online or Get an IP PIN may use their same username and password. To register for the first time, taxpayers must have an email address, a text-enabled mobile phone in the user's name and specific financial information, such as a credit card number or specific loan numbers. Taxpayers may review the Secure Access  process prior to starting registration.

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