Updated IRS e-file URL Rule as of 09-14-2009


Updated Rule for Registration of Website with the IRS

The IRS has established new e-file rules to enable it to more quickly identify fraud schemes including phishing. These updated IRS e-file rules apply to all Authorized IRS e-file Providers, including Online Providers, Intermediate Service Providers, and Electronic Return Originators (EROs) that obtain taxpayer information via the Internet directly or through third parties in order to e-file federal returns.

This feature allows Providers to register, edit, delete, or transfer their website URLs pursuant to the IRS July 2007 requirements.

  1. Log onto e-Services and continue to the e-file application page
  2. In "e-file application Menu" page, click "EFIN Status"
  3. On the "EFIN Status" page,
         A. answer the Yes/No question,
         B. click "Save",
         C. click "e-file application Menu" page
  4. In "e-file application Menu" page, click "ADD/DELETE URL" and proceed as instructed.

Note: Steps 1 and 2 are only required once. Thereafter, to add, delete, edit, or transfer a website URL, proceed directly to Step 3. Refer to the available illustrated tutorials in e-Services for more details.

Failure to provide the required information timely and accurately may result in the IRS, its agents or the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) shutting down and seizing the contents of non-validated websites that appear to be engaging in fraudulent schemes.

Also an Authorized IRS e-file Provider that fails to comply with these IRS e-file rules may be suspended or expelled from participation in IRS e-file in accordance with Revenue Procedure 2007-40, in IRB 2007-26, June 25, 2007 and Publication 3112, IRS e-file Application and Participation (PDF)

For additional information see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Any questions regarding this information may be e-mailed to the efileurlreg mailbox.

Privacy Act Statement

The authority for requesting this information is 5 U.S.C. 301.

The primary purpose for requesting the information is to identify legitimate websites for online filing in order to protect taxpayers from fraudulent sites that may collect information for identity theft and or theft of refunds.  This information may be used by TIGTA to identify and deactivate websites that are engaging in fraudulent schemes. 

If a Provider does not provide information promptly, TIGTA may deactivate websites associated with the Provider because the URL, domain name, and company name combination have not been reported as legitimate.

IRS may disclose pertinent information to appropriate Federal, state, or foreign agencies or instrumentalities responsible for investigating or prosecuting the violations of, or for implementing, a statute, rule, regulation, order, or license, where the disclosing agency becomes aware of a violation or potential violation of civil or criminal law or regulation or licensing requirements.

Providing all of the information is mandatory.

If you do not provide all or part of the information in a timely manner you may be suspended or expelled from participation in IRS e-file in accordance with Revenue Procedure 2007-40, in IRB 2007-26, June 25, 2007 and Publication 3112 (PDF).  If you willfully provide fraudulent information, you may be subject to prosecution.