According to the Internal Revenue Service, to access its secure identity verification site, you must first have received a form 5071C letter from the IRS stating that your identity must be verified. The IDverify website is not set up for any other purposes and is not accessible to taxpayers who did not receive a 5071C letter.
If you received a 5071C letter from the IRS, the IRS received a tax return in your name and with your social security number, but needs further information to verify your identity, as stated by the IRS. To use the IDverify website, input a social security number or individual taxpayer identification number, your home address (as it is on file with the IRS) and telephone number, and your date of birth. You also must have a copy of your most recent tax return.
Once on the IDverify site, you may be asked questions about your history that only you are likely to be able to answer. The questions may include things unrelated to governmental activities, states the IRS.
If you are unable to access the IDverify site, contact the IRS using the toll-free number included in your 5071C letter, suggests the organization.
The IRS' identification verification program is part of increased efforts to stop to identity theft, reports Forbes magazine. While taxpayers may be concerned that the 5071C letter is from a scammer who is trolling for personal information, the 5071C letter is genuine. To ensure that the letter came from the IRS, look for the 5071C number in the upper corner of the letter, advises Forbes magazine. Also check that the letter directs you to idverify.irs.gov and not to another website.