MorphoTrust USA launches electronic ID pilot to combat tax fraud in Alabama

MorphoTrust USA and the Alabama Department of Revenue have launched a new pilot program using MorphoTrust’s electronic ID (eID) to improve security for residents filing state tax refunds during the 2016 filing season.

The move comes nearly one year after MorphoTrust USA and the state of Alabama first announced they were teaming up to protect citizens against identity theft and state income tax refund fraud using MorphoTrust’s identity verification solution, eID.

Alabama taxpayers who use the MorphoTrust eID to complete the filing process will receive extra incentives, such as priority processing and expedited issuance of their state tax refund.

“The MorphoTrust eID is the only electronic ID, commercially available, that verifies a person’s identity by connecting it back to their photograph and identity record with their state’s motor vehicle agency,” said Bob Eckel, president and CEO of MorphoTrust USA. “Now more than ever, there is a critical need to create a highly secure online environment using our innovative technology to ensure residents using the MorphoTrust eID can protect their identity and reduce their chance of being a victim of state tax refund theft.”

MorphoTrust eID is a digital identity credential mobile app that allows users to confirm their identity online.

After downloading MorphoTrust eID from Apple’s App store and registering for the service, an eID credential is issued to users.

The eID credential verifies their identity by scanning their physical driver’s license or state-issued ID and taking a selfie using their smartphone.

The mobile app then compares the information against the data and photo on record in the driver’s license database to ensure that only the rightful identity holder is able to obtain an eID.

“By implementing state-of-the-art technologies, like the MorphoTrust eID, the state of Alabama continues to demonstrate that it is doing everything possible to protect our taxpayers from anyone looking to steal their information and use it to file fraudulent state tax returns,” said Julie P. Magee, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Revenue. “There are no usernames or passwords; only a person’s photo can unlock the eID, making it secure and easy-to-use.”

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