Tax Pro Account

You can do more with Tax Pro Account:

  • View individual and business taxpayer information
  • View all your active powers of attorney (POAs) and tax information authorizations (TIAs)
  • Withdraw authorizations in real time
  • Send a POA or TIA request to an individual’s IRS online account

Sign in to Tax Pro Account

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

Who can use this tool

To use Tax Pro Account, you need to have:

For POA requests: You also must have authority to practice before the IRS as an attorney, certified public accountant, enrolled agent, enrolled actuary or enrolled retirement plan agent.

POA and TIA requests

Check if this tool is right for your request.

If you need other options, submit Forms 2848 or 8821

Individual taxpayers

Tax Pro Account is for authorization requests to individuals. They must have both:

  • An address in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • An ability to access an IRS online account

Tax years and tax matters

You can request authorizations for calendar year filers for periods from the last 20 years through the current year, plus 3 future years (except where noted) for:

  • 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 (limited to periods of March, June, September and December)

Prior authorizations revoked

Prior authorizations on file for the same tax matters, tax periods and authorization types will be revoked. 

To retain a prior authorization, submit Form 2848 or 8821. Check the retention/revocation box and attach a copy of the authorization you want to retain. 

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 maintenance)

Accessibility guide

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

Help topics

Taxpayer information

To approve an authorization request submitted through Tax Pro Account, the individual taxpayer must have access to an IRS online account.

You can submit a request before the taxpayer creates an online account. Once the taxpayer creates an account and signs in, they can view your request in their Authorizations.

The taxpayer address you enter in Tax Pro Account must match our records. Have the taxpayer check their online account or a recent notice from the IRS to confirm 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.  

CAF number

To request authorizations with Tax Pro Account, you must have a CAF number.

You can get a CAF number the first time you submit a third-party authorization with Forms 2848 or 8821. After we process the authorization, we’ll send you a letter with your assigned CAF number. You can then use the number to submit authorization requests with Tax Pro Account.

If you’re a tax professional and can’t locate your CAF number, call the Practitioner Priority Service at 866-860-4259. An assistor can help you retrieve your CAF number once you verify your identity.  

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

To update your CAF address, you can either:

  • Sign and date a written notification of address change. Mail or fax it to the location where you filed the Form 2848 or Form 8821.
  • Submit an authorization with Form 2848 or 8821. On the form, mark the checkbox and enter the new address, phone or fax number.

Address information can't be updated in Tax Pro Account at this time.

When you link your CAF number in Tax Pro Account, you associate it with your taxpayer identification number (TIN) in the CAF database.


You can do more in Tax Pro Account when you link your CAF number:

  • View individual and business taxpayer information
  • View all your active authorizations recorded on the CAF
  • Withdraw in real-time from any active authorization

If you choose not to link your CAF number, you can still request POA and TIA with Tax Pro Account.

How it works:

The CAF number must be assigned to you as an individual and only you can link it. If you have more than one CAF number, you may link them all.

Linking your CAF number is a one-time process. Once your CAF number is linked, you can't unlink it.

To link your CAF number, go to your Profile in Tax Pro Account, select Link a CAF number and follow the 2-step process.

Using Tax Pro Account

The taxpayer information shown in Tax Pro Account is limited to the forms and tax periods approved under your authorization.

You can see your history of requests you submitted through Tax Pro Account.

Your approved authorization request should display in Tax Pro Account immediately after the taxpayer signs your request.

Tax Pro Account won't display a status if:

  • ​​​​The taxpayer rejected the authorization
  • The taxpayer approved the authorization, but the processing failed

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

Tax Pro Account lets you view all of your active authorizations on the CAF when you link your CAF number. This includes active POAs and TIAs from individuals and business entities submitted with forms and through Tax Pro Account.

You can withdraw an authorization in real time in Tax Pro Account.

Once you withdraw, the authorization is immediately removed from the CAF database.

If you need to correct an authorization that the taxpayer approved today, you can submit a new request. If the correction is for the same form and tax period, the taxpayer must wait a day to approve the request.

If you need more options, submit Forms 2848 and 8821.

To request authorization for more than one representative for the same tax matters and periods:

  • Each representative must sign in to 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.

Tax Pro Account doesn’t require forms and processes authorizations in real time.

Submit Forms 2848 and 8821 Online lets you securely upload forms and processes authorizations on a first-in, first-out basis.