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News From RAF - IRS Online e-Services Available to Reporting Agents

Reporting Agents (RAs), who are accepted IRS e-file participants, may access several of the IRS e-services Web-based products tailored to meet your client’s needs.

The RA e-services include:

  • Transcript Delivery System (TDS) - enables you to request and view your client’s account transcripts online or have them delivered to your secure mailbox for subsequent retrieval. You can also upload a TDS bulk file request for transcripts that will also be delivered to your secure mailbox.
  • MIS Report - enables all Reporting Agent Principals, Responsible Officials, and Delegates having Principal Consent to generate a report called “TDS Requests by Reporting Agents”.  The report identifies each TDS request by your company’s EIN, name, user name, date/time, transaction ID, and taxpayer ID. For instructions on how to create the report, please visit the Reporting Agent Transcript Delivery System (TDS) MIS Report Access Web page.

These e-services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the Internet through the Tax Information for Tax Professionals page.

You must have a Form 8655, Reporting Agent Authorization, on file with the IRS for the specific taxpayer, form, and tax period before requesting information on a client's account using TDS.  Individual users must be employed by the Reporting Agent and be identified on the e-file application as a Principal, Principal Consent, Responsible Official, or Delegated User in order to receive requested information under the Reporting Agent’s taxpayer authorization.

RA e-Services can be accessed by all Reporting Agent principals, principal consents, and responsible officials identified on the IRS e-file application who are registered e-Services users. Designated employees must be delegated the authority to access specific RA e-Services. This must be done through your IRS e-file application by a principal, principal consent, or responsible official of your company.

You and/or your designated employees can begin the e-services registration process anytime.  The registrant will need their adjusted gross income (AGI) from a tax return filed within the last two years along with other known personal information.  Allow seven days to complete the registration process which includes a confirmation code sent to your home via U.S. mail.

If you have additional questions regarding RA e-services access, please see our FAQs or contact our e-Help Desk at (866) 255-0654 ((512) 416-7750 for International calls.)

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 14-Nov-2013