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(ASL) - YouTube video text script - Secure Access for IRS Self-Help Tools Protects Your Data

Hi, I’m Thomas, and I work for the IRS.

At the IRS, we’re committed to protecting your tax information and maintaining the security of our systems.

For this reason, we’ve strengthened the identity verification process on some self-help tools, like the Get Transcript Online tool.

This means that registering through our Secure Access process can be more challenging.

But, it helps if you are prepared before you start.

Here’s what you will need to register using Secure Access: A readily available email address, your Social Security number, your filing status and the address you listed on the last tax return you filed with the IRS.

Be sure to use this address, even if you have moved to a new address.

Next, you’ll need certain account numbers from either a credit card, a home mortgage loan, a home equity or second mortgage loan, a home equity line of credit, or a car loan.  

You also will need a readily available mobile phone that can receive texts.

If your phone is associated with your name, you can get your activation code immediately and complete this process in one session.

If your phone is not associated with your name, such as a business, family plan or pay-as-you-go or prepaid phone, then you need to request an activation code by mail to finish the process.  

Expect delivery within five to ten days.

One last thing, you’ll always need your phone handy because you will be sent a security code each time you return to log in through Secure Access.

For more details about Secure Access and how to register, go to

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 13-Jan-2017