For security purposes, the data will not appear on the face of printed tax returns, but will be used instead in the authentication header section of electronically filed returns. While this disclosure was voluntary in the 2015 tax year, it is mandatory for 2016. Therefore, cooperation between tax advisors and clients in both asking for and providing such information is crucial.
In cases where the taxpayer does not have a driver license or state-issued ID, there is an option to indicate that they don’t have either one. This will fulfill the disclosure requirement and should not prevent the taxpayer from e-filing his/her return.
Additional information can be located in the Driver License Requirement for Tax Year 2016 (Overview and Frequently Asked Questions) or search the New York State Answer Center for questions regarding the driver’s license requirement.
For concerns or to discuss the new requirement, please reach out to a member of Withum’s State and Local Tax Services Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Raymond G. Russolillo, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CAP®, Partner
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