On June 18th the IRS will be making a change to its e-Services platform to what should be a more secure and modern format. The IRS said in an email sent on May 2nd to tax professionals, that they have been actively working on improving e-Services applications and their overall security.
“This summer—the tentative date is June 18—the e-Services’ platform will move to a more modern technology…. One result will be an improved look and feel of applications, including the e-File application. Use of e-Service products will not be affected. There are no changes to the log-on process,” the email stated. After numerous security breaches over the years including the Get Transcript app and the Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) from this year – these improvements to e-Services could not come any sooner.
“We recognize the need to strengthen the authentication process for e-Services”
We can also expect to see an additional identity authentication process at the time of log in. The email goes onto say, “We recognize the need to strengthen the authentication process for e-Services… We are exploring what possible options, within our resources, are available to address feedback we heard last year. We will share information as it becomes available.”
Data security is of the utmost importance in this industry. This is a step in the right direction to get ahead in the battle against identity theft.