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Levels of Infraction

Level One Infractions — Level One Infractions are violations of IRS e-file rules and requirements that, in the opinion of the IRS, have little or no adverse impact on the quality of electronically filed returns or on IRS e-file.  

The IRS may issue a written reprimand for a Level One Infraction.

Level Two Infractions — Level Two Infractions are violations of IRS e-file rules and requirements that, in the opinion of the IRS, have an adverse impact upon the quality of electronically filed returns or on IRS e-file. Level Two Infractions include continued Level One Infractions after the IRS has brought the Level One Infraction to the attention of the Authorized IRS e-file Provider (Provider).  

Depending on the infractions, the IRS may either restrict participation in IRS e-file or suspend the Authorized IRS e-file Provider from participation in IRS e-file for a period of one year beginning with the effective date of suspension.

Level Three Infractions — Level Three Infractions are violations of IRS e-file rules and requirements that, in the opinion of the IRS, have a significant adverse impact on the quality of electronically filed returns or on IRS e-file. Level Three Infractions include continued Level Two Infractions after the IRS has brought the Level Two Infraction to the attention of the Provider.  

A Level Three Infraction may result in suspension from participation in IRS e-file for two years beginning with the effective date of the suspension year, or depending on the severity of the infraction, such as fraud or criminal conduct, it may result in expulsion without the opportunity for future participation. The IRS reserves the right to suspend or expel a Provider prior to administrative review for Level Three Infractions.

 

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 20-Aug-2013