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Participating in IRS e-file

Authorized IRS e-file Providers (Providers) must adhere to applicable IRS e-file rules and requirements to continue participating in IRS e-file. The IRS e-file rules and requirements are included in Revenue Procedure 2007-40, throughout this publication and in other IRS e-file publications and notices on the IRS Web site. Providers must adhere to all applicable IRS e-file rules and requirements regardless of where published.

Providers should familiarize themselves with the revenue procedure, the e-file publications and e-file information on the IRS Web site to ensure compliance with requirements for participation in IRS e-file.   

Some rules and requirements are specific to the e-file activity performed by the Provider. Additional rules and requirements specific to the Provider’s e-file activity are included under each Provider Option. The list below, while not all-inclusive, applies to all Providers:

  • Adhere to the advertising standards described in this publication
  • Clearly display the Provider’s “doing business as” name at all locations and sites including Web sites at which the Provider or a third party obtains information from taxpayers for electronic filing of returns by the Provider
  • Cooperate with the IRS’ efforts to monitor Authorized IRS e-file Providers and investigate electronic filing fraud and abuse
  • Comply with provisions for all e-file programs, including free file and pilot programs in which the Provider participates
  • Ensure against the unauthorized use of its EFIN and/or ETIN, including not transferring its EFIN or ETIN to another entity when transferring the business by sale, gift, or other disposition
  • Ensure the security of taxpayer information
  • Make changes to the IRS e-file Application as described within this publication in a timely manner

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 29-Dec-2016