Driver License Requirement for Tax Year 2016

Posted on February 6th, by Hoberman & Lesser in Timely Articles.

Beginning with Tax Year 2016, the taxpayer’s driver license or state identification information is now required for New York State (and certain other states) personal income tax returns that are prepared using software. The requirement, which is considered an additional verification device to deter fraud, applies to driver licenses or state-issued IDs from any state.

If the taxpayer and/or spouse has been issued a driver license or state identification card, they are required to provide that information to be entered into the software. Taxpayers must provide the ID number, issuing state, issuing date, and expiration date for all licenses or identification cards. If the taxpayer license/ID is a New York State driver license or non-driver ID, the document number found on the license/ID is also required. For married filing joint returns, enter only one document number.

If the taxpayer does not have either a driver license or state-issued ID—or is deceased—marking the check box indicating that they have neither will fulfill the new requirement. This information is now required as an additional means of validating the taxpayer’s identification, and not having the information will not cause delays. However, if all other efforts to validate the taxpayer’s identity are unsuccessful, the processing of the refund may be delayed.

Please note the following:

  • The driver’s license information is used internally by the software, however it is not visible on the return.
  • For NYS-issued licenses or IDs, we are also required to input the document number for either the prime taxpayer or spouse. (The document number is specific to NYS IDs and is typically found in the bottom right corner on the front, or on the back of the ID.)
  • If the taxpayer has either a driver license or state-issued ID, the following information is required:
  • license or ID number;
  • issuing state;
  • issue date;
  • expiration date; and
  • document number (NYS-issued licenses and IDs only).

Please contact us if you have any questions about this requirement, or any other matter. We would be happy to assist you.