Request Power of Attorney (POA) or Tax Information Authorization (TIA) online with Tax Pro Account.

How it Works

Tax Pro Account lets you submit an authorization request to an individual taxpayer’s IRS online account.

  • Submit request in 15 minutes or less
  • Taxpayer electronically signs
  • Real-time processing

Use your Secure Access account to log in. Don’t have an account? Click the log in button to sign up.

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Need to use forms? Submit authorizations with Forms 2848 and 8821.

Hours of Service

Tax Pro Account is available:

  • Monday 6 a.m. ET to Saturday 9 p.m. ET
  • Sunday 10 a.m. to midnight ET (Occasionally down for additional hours for maintenance)

Who Can Use This Service

To use Tax Pro Account, you must have:

  • For Tax Information Authorization:
    • A Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number in good standing assigned to you as an individual
    • A CAF address in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • For Power of Attorney:
    • A Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number in good standing assigned to you as an individual
    • A CAF address in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Authority to practice before the IRS as an attorney, certified public accountant, enrolled agent, enrolled actuary or enrolled retirement plan agent
    • License to practice in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia as an attorney or certified public accountant

Before You Start

Make sure this service is right for your request.

  • Individual taxpayer must have:
    • Address in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Ability to access IRS online account
  • Tax matters can be authorized from year 2000 and forward, plus 3 future years (calendar year only, not fiscal year):
    • Form 1040 Income Tax
    • Split Spousal Assessment or Form 8857 Innocent Spouse Relief
    • Shared Responsibility Payment
    • Shared Responsibility Payment - Split Spousal Assessment 
    • Civil Penalty (limited to periods of March, June, September and December)
  • Submitting with Tax Pro Account will revoke any prior authorization(s) on file with the IRS for the same tax matters,  tax periods and authorization types. If you wish to keep other authorizations intact, you must submit a Form 2848 or 8821 by fax, mail or online.
  • To request authorization for multiple representatives:
    • Each representative must log in with their account
    • Only 2 representatives may receive copies of a taxpayer’s IRS notices and communications 
    • The taxpayer must authorize all representatives on the same day
  • If you request authorizations for overlapping tax periods and tax matters, the subsequent overlapping requests will not process if the taxpayer approves them on the same day.

Need more options? Submit authorizations with Forms 2848 or 8821

Accessibility Guide

If you use a screen reader or magnifier or voice command software, refer to the Tax Pro Account Accessibility Guide.

Help Topics

To complete a Tax Pro Account authorization request, the individual taxpayer must have access to an IRS online account. Pending authorization requests will appear on the taxpayer's Authorizations tab in the online account display.

You can still submit an authorization request using Tax Pro Account even if the taxpayer doesn't yet have access to an online account. Once the taxpayer has registered for online account access and logged in, they will see the request on the Authorizations tab.
 

Generally, your approved authorization request should display in Tax Pro Account within 2 business days after the taxpayer signed and authorized your request.

Tax Pro Account shows the historical status of requests you submit through the tool. 

Tax Pro Account won't display a status if:

  • ​​​​The taxpayer approved the authorization, but we haven't processed it yet
  • The taxpayer approved the authorization, but the processing failed
  • The taxpayer rejected the authorization
  • The taxpayer revokes or the tax professional withdraws the authorization

For information on your request status before processing is complete, contact the taxpayer.

At this time, only authorizations submitted through Tax Pro Account are displayed in the taxpayer's IRS online account and in Tax Pro Account.

The address you enter in Tax Pro Account must match what’s on the CAF file at the IRS.

To update your CAF address, sign and date a written notification of address change. Mail or fax it to the location where you filed the Power of Attorney or Tax Information Authorization.

The taxpayer address you enter in Tax Pro Account must match our records. You can check a recent notice from the IRS to see the name and address we have on file.

The address must be in a U.S. state or the District of Columbia. Use approved abbreviations, such as "St" for street and "Ave" for avenue. See Approved Abbreviations.

If the taxpayer’s address has changed, ask them to notify us. See How to Notify the IRS Your Address Changed.

Tax Pro Account can be used to request authorization for more than one representative for the same tax matters and periods:

  • Each representative must log in with their account to submit their own request
  • Only 2 representatives may receive copies of a taxpayer’s IRS notices and communications

The taxpayer must authorize all representatives on the same day.

If you request authorizations for overlapping tax periods and tax matters, the subsequent overlapping requests will not process if the taxpayer approves them on the same day. To ensure proper processing, you can review and manage your authorization requests in Tax Pro Account. 

You may request authorizations for tax years and periods from 2000 through the current year, plus 3 future years (calendar year only, not fiscal year) for these tax matters (exceptions noted):

  • Form 1040 Income Tax
  • Split Spousal Assessment or Form 8857 Innocent Spouse Relief
  • Shared Responsibility Payment (2014 or later)
  • Shared Responsibility Payment - Split Spousal Assessment (2014 or later)
  • Civil Penalty (periods ending March 31, 2000 through the current year, plus 3 future years ending Dec. 31.)

To request authorization for other tax years, matters or fiscal-year filers, submit Forms 2848 or 8821.

Tax Pro Account will not provide you with a copy of your request for authorization. You may choose to request a completed copy from the taxpayer.

At this time, you must have a CAF number to request authorizations with Tax Pro Account. If you don’t have a CAF number, submit Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative or Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization

Unlike Submit Forms 2848 and 8821 Online, Tax Pro Account is all-digital and doesn't require the filing of any forms. In addition, Tax Pro Account will process your request within two business days after the taxpayer approves your request.