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Tax return 2023: is it mandatory to make an online account at IRS.gov? How to do it

The 2023 tax season began on January 23. Is it mandatory to create an online account at IRS.gov to submit a tax declaration? We explain how to do it.

La temporada de impuestos 2023 inicia el 23 de enero. ¿Es obligatorio hacerse una cuenta online en IRS.gov para la declaración? Te explicamos cómo hacerla.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the 2023 tax season begins on January 23. This year, the IRS will receive and process returns for the 2022 tax year. On the other hand, the deadline to file the declarations is April 18 or October 16 if an extension is requested, but all taxes that are owed must be paid by Tax Day to avoid penalties.

According to the IRS, more than 168 million individual tax returns are expected to be filed this year. The agency encourages all taxpayers to have all the necessary information and tax documents before filing their tax return. It also encourages you to carefully review your tax situation to determine if you are eligible for any tax credits.

Tax return 2023: Is it mandatory to create an online account at IRS.gov? How to do it?

Although it is not mandatory to have an online account on the IRS web portal, this is a very useful tool for secure access to obtaining tax information. Having an IRS online account allows people to easily obtain the information you need to plan your tax affairs.

Taxpayers can review information about their account including:

  • The amount they owe, updated for the current calendar day
  • Balance details for each year you owe taxes
  • payment history
  • Key information from the most recent tax return as filed.
  • Details about a payment plan if you have one
  • Digital copies of some IRS notices
  • The mailing address on file

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With an online account, taxpayers can also:

  • Make a payment online the same day
  • Set up a payment plan online
  • Access your tax files and transcripts
  • Authorize a person as a representative before the IRS to review your tax files
  • Approve and digitally sign power of attorney and authorization to receive tax information petitions initiated by a tax professional

To create an online account on the IRS web portal you must:

  • Enter the IRS portal and click on the option  'Start the login to your account'
  • Select the button 'Sign in to your Online Account'
  • Select  ‘Create a new account’
  • Pass authentication Secure access. This is a rigorous process to verify that taxpayers are who they say they are
  • After which, you can create your account

Once a taxpayer creates an account, they can use the same username and password to access other IRS online services such as Order Transcript and obtain an Identity Protection PIN.