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IRS: Selfies Now Optional, Biometric Data to Be Deleted

IRS: Selfies Now Optional, Biometric Data to Be Deleted

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The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said Monday that taxpayers are no longer required to provide facial scans to create an account online at In lieu of providing biometric data, taxpayers can now opt for a live video interview with, the privately-held Virginia company that runs the agency’s identity proofing system. The IRS also said any biometric data already shared with would be permanently deleted over the next few weeks, and any biometric data provided for new signups will be destroyed after an account is created.

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