Step 3 - Pass a Suitability Check
The IRS conducts a suitability check on the applicant and on all Principals and Responsible Officials listed on the application. The IRS does not complete suitability checks on applicants only applying to be Software Developers.
Suitability checks may include the following:
A criminal background check
A credit history check
A tax compliance check to ensure that all required returns are filed and paid, and to identify assessed fraud penalties
A check for prior non-compliance with IRS e-file requirements