- Starting this year, you will have to upload a “video selfie” to use certain IRS services.
- The Biden administration continues to empower the IRS, giving them tremendous oversight.
- Biden previously proposed giving the IRS more power to go after middle-income Americans and crypto traders.
Why does President Biden want to give so much power to the IRS?
Last year, the Biden administration drew tons of flak for its proposal to hire 80,000 new IRS agents and give the agency more visibility into the bank accounts of everyday Americans —it was actually one of the ways Biden wanted to fund the now-defunct Build Back Better bill.
Here’s what The Drill Down reported at the time:
The House Committee on Ways and Means is reporting that Americans’ chances of being audited will double after the IRS gets an $80 billion dollar cash injection and hires 87,000 new agents. 1.2 million additional audits are expected —half will hit middle class families making less than $75,000 dollars a year.
Then, there was the provision on crypto trading tucked into the infrastructure bill. Here’s what The Drill Down reported at that time:
Buried deep within the $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure boondoggle is a provision, added at the 11th hour, that may have a significant impact on crypto currencies. The short of it: people who transact large amounts of cash ($10K+) are required to pass along the personal information of the sender to the IRS, including names, social security numbers, and more.
Now, Biden’s IRS wants to make taxpayers upload a picture of their face for certain services.
“Starting in summer 2022, if you need to login to the IRS’s website to access the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, get your tax transcript or view a payment agreement with the agency, you will need to create an account with third-party identity verification company ID.me,” CNBC reported. “A simple username and password will no longer suffice: You will need to provide a government document with a photo, such as a driver’s license, state ID or passport, and take a video selfie with your smartphone or computer.”
A video selfie? That’s way too personal, Uncle Sam.
A spokesperson for the IRS clarified that taxpayers can still file and pay without the selfie (so they’ll happily take your money without a picture) but beyond the basics, they want to see those pearly whites. “Applying for payment plans” and “monitoring stimulus checks” may require you to bust out the selfie stick.
Remember in old movies during a stickup, the crook would say “your money or your life!”? Well, the Biden administration is the crook –and guess what? They want both.