U.S. taxpayers are going to need an ID.me account if they ever need or want to access their records via the Internal Revenue Service website beginning this summer. Unfortunately for many, creating a login for the popular online identity verification system could quickly become a massive headache given the intricate multi-step (emphasis on multi) signup process.
Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security recently walked readers through the entire procedure, and good Lord are we not looking forward to eventually doing the same. Steps include multi-factor authentication (MFA) setups, uploads of documents such as your driver’s license or passport, phone number confirmation, and a “live selfie,” among other things. And God help you if you screw any of that up accidentally.
For Krebs, it resulted in even more official documentation uploads, and even a *shudder* live video call with an ID.me representative to confirm his authenticity. At one point, his estimated wait time for the Zoom meeting from Hell was around 3.5 hours... Yeah.
Steel yourselves now, taxpayers.