The IRS announced today the launch of an online application that will assist taxpayers with straightforward balance inquiries in, what it calls, a safe, easy and convenient way.
The new tool allows taxpayers to view their IRS account balance, which will include the amount they owe for tax, penalties and interest. Taxpayers may also continue to take advantage of the various online payment options available by accessing any of the payment features. The IRS anticipates that other capabilities will continue to be added as they are developed and tested.
“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.”
Is it safe to open a portal to some of the most confidential and valuable information the government has on individuals? That remains to be seen. The IRS claims that this is a very secure tool, but in an age where hacking from foreign countries is now routine, is it secure enough?
Before accessing the tool, taxpayers must authenticate their identities through, what the IRS is calling, the "Secure Access" process. This is a two-step authentication process, which means returning users must have their username and password plus a security code sent as a text message to their mobile phones.
As part of the security process to authenticate taxpayers, the IRS will send verification, activation or security codes via email and text. The IRS is warning taxpayers that it will not initiate contact via text or email asking for log-in information or personal data. The IRS texts and emails will only contain one-time use codes.
To my view, I can say that it is secure enough to pay taxes online through IRS accounts. Because it sends verification, activation or security codes to the desired taxpayers via email and text while creating account which has already mentioned in your blog. It also verifies the identity of taxpayer while paying tax. Yes, it is also a fact that the percentage of hacking is increasing now a days. Hacking is not at all a good idea, still some people used to hack in order to take revenge or to become rich etc.. After taking an eye on hacking still I think the security level is quite tough in IRS site. Though I can't give the surety but one thing I can tell that it is much more secure enough as compared to other.
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