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e-file for Tax Professionals

IRS will begin accepting individual tax returns electronically on January 23, 2017 for returns due by April 18, 2017. 

Any tax return preparer who anticipates preparing and filing 11 or more Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and 1041 during a calendar year must use IRS e-file (unless the preparer or a particular return is administratively exempt from the e-file requirement or the return is filed by a preparer with an approved hardship waiver).

Hot Topic for e-file Providers

Tax scammers work year-round; they don’t take the summer off. The IRS urges you to stay vigilant against calls and e-mails from scammers impersonating the IRS. This link provides several tips from the IRS to help you avoid being a victim.

 


Become an Authorized e-file Provider
The IRS e-file Application Process in three easy steps.

e-Services
Online e-services products are now available including the IRS Electronic e-file Application.  E-services is a suite of web based products that allow tax professionals and payers to do business with the IRS electronically.

Easy Steps to check your EFIN status
Checking the EFIN status of your application to make sure the volume of returns e-filed matches your records should be part of your regular routine. 

Publication 3112: Applying and Participating in IRS e-file (updated 04/12/2016)

Publication 1345: Handbook for Authorized e-file Providers of Individual Income Tax Returns (updated 11/23/2016)

Publication 4557: Safeguarding Taxpayer Data: A Guide for Your Business (New)

EFIN (Electronic Filing Identification Number) 
FAQs about EFINs including compromised EFINs.

E-file Security, Privacy and Business Standards Mandated as of January 1, 2010.
The IRS has mandated six (6) new security, privacy, and business standards to better serve taxpayers and protect their information collected, processed and stored by Online Providers of individual income tax returns. Compliance with these standards became mandatory January 1, 2010. 

E-file Providers Prohibited From Transmitting Returns Prior to Receiving Forms W-2, W-2G or 1099-R
Authorized IRS e-file Providers are prohibited from submitting electronic returns to the IRS prior to the receipt of all Forms W-2, W-2G, and 1099-R from the taxpayer.

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7216 Rules for Tax Preparers 
Regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 7216, Disclosure or Use of Tax Information by Preparers of Returns, became effective January 1, 2009.

Business e-file
Electronic filing is available for Employment Taxes, Information Returns, Corporations, Partnerships, Estates & Trusts as well as returns for Charities & Non-Profits.

Business e-file Providers & Partners
Find an e-file solution for electronically filing your clients' business returns using the services of one of our providers or partners.

Corporations - e-file for Large and Mid-Size Corporations
Certain large and mid-size corporations are required to electronically file their Forms 1120 and 1120-S. Other corporations may do so voluntarily. This page provides e-file information for corporations that prepare and transmit their own electronic corporate income tax returns and those that use the services of third party tax professionals.

QuickAlerts
Never miss another important e-file message with QuickAlerts! Calling "ALL" EROs, Software Developers And Transmitters!! Did you know that the IRS has a messaging system that gives you e-file information and submission processing center processing delays within moments of when they occur? 

Reporting Agents
Reporting Agents who have on file an accepted e-file application to participate in IRS e-file Program will automatically be permitted to use the Transcript Delivery System (TDS).

Report Fraud and Abuse within the IRS e-file Program 
All Authorized IRS e-file Providers must be on the lookout for fraud and abuse in the IRS e-file Program.

Subscription Services
Subscription Services for Tax Professionals.

Tax Exempt Organizations (e-file for Large Tax Exempt Organizations)
IRS regulations require certain tax-exempt organizations to file annual returns electronically. 

 

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 12-Dec-2016