The Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) has announced the implementation of the electronic ID app (Alabama eID) which will safeguard residents from state income tax refund theft.
According to Lifelock, there were a reported 100,000 cases of tax-related identity theft in 2017, ADOR hopes to combat that statistic.
“We’re proud Alabama is leading the nation in securing taxpayer identities against state income tax fraud,” said Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Revenue, Vernon Barnett. “Not only will we protect taxpayers against criminals, taxpayers who use the Alabama eID app will also receive priority processing of their refund.”
Global leader in identity security, IDEMIA, is providing ADOR with the app.
“The app brings the highest level of security with a simple user interface to create the leading edge technology in protecting state income tax refunds,” stated Ed Casey, CEO of IDEMIA Identity & Security North America. “The technology’s unique ability is its secure link to the identity verification process residents underwent to receive their Alabama driver’s license or state ID. This authenticated connection between digital identity and physical identity is what ensures only you can claim your state income tax refund.”
To operate the app, each user must complete a brief enrollment process during which their identity is verified. Using their driver’s license or state-issued ID and taking a selfie with their phone, Alabama eID matches the users information to the data and photo on record in the driver’s license database to verify the person enrolling with the app is who they declare to be.
As well as offering advanced safety measures, those who use the Alabama eID app will be receiving priority processing for their tax refund.