Driver's License Information Now Required on Some State E-Filed Returns

February 2, 2017

Tax return preparers are discovering that some state income tax returns for 2016 require information from a taxpayer’s driver’s license or state-issued identification card information before the returns can be e-filed.

Federal returns do not require this form of identification, but the national Security Summit sponsored by the IRS, state taxing authorities, the tax software industry, and other stakeholders recommended last year using driver’s licenses and state IDs as an additional factor in authenticating taxpayers’ identity to deter fraudulent electronically filed returns. Several states request this information. At least a few states, including New York, Ohio, and Alabama, have now made it a requirement.

Taxpayers filing New York state personal income tax returns, for example, who have been issued a driver’s license or state-issued identification card from any U.S. state are now required to include with an e-filed New York state return the license or card’s ID number, issuing state, issuance date, and expiration date, according to a webpage of the N.Y. State Department of Taxation and Finance. Previously, supplying the information was optional.

For a New York-issued license or card, the return must also include the license or card’s “document number.” Taxpayers who do not have a driver’s license or state-issued identification card may indicate that fact by checking a box. For married taxpayers filing jointly, the information can be that of either the primary taxpayer or spouse.

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