The IRS today issued a release reporting that the list of “approved certificate authorities” has been updated, with an effective date of July 31, 2017.
The IRS transmittal message states that entities with a valid certificate from an approved certificate authority, based on the prior version of the certificate authority list, may continue to use it until that certificate expires.
Digital certificates link and bind digital information to physical identities and provide non-repudiation and data integrity. Before beginning the IDES enrollment process, each entity must obtain one valid digital certificate issued by an “approved certificate authority.” IDES then stores the entity’s public key and related digital certificate. IDES only recognizes and accepts digital certificates issued by IRS approved certificate authorities.
The IRS public key is a certificate that can be downloaded from the IDES enrollment site. The public certificate is to be included in the FATCA data packet (transmission archive) to the IRS.
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