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IRS Requires Intuit® to Verify Preparer Electronic Return Authorization

Article Post Date
January 15th 2013 by Julie Kozloski

As of January 2012, firms planning to file 11 or more returns must use e-file (electronic filing) with the IRS.

Per IRS Publication 3112, all persons who e-file must become an authorized e-file provider with the IRS (note: the e-file provider authorization process takes roughly 45 days). Once approved, e-file providers must also ensure that their ERO information is accurate.  Your ERO information is your name and address registered with the IRS for use with your Electronic Filing Identification Number or EFIN. The Intuit® Electronic Filing Center is required, per IRS publication 3112, to verify that preparers submitting electronic returns are authorized by the IRS to participate in IRS e-file. Prior to e-filing returns this tax season, please review your ERO information for accuracy.

Whenever possible, Intuit will verify the EFIN holder using the Authorized IRS e-file Provider Locator Service For Tax Professionals. For some businesses, the registered EFIN holder may not use the same name or even address as the firm, so the information in the IRS ERO Locator Service will not match. In addition, some preparers may not be listed in the ERO Locator Service. When no match is found, it is necessary that Intuit contact the firm to acquire paperwork verifying the preparer’s acceptance as an IRS Authorized e-file Provider.

The  following links provide information on how Intuit collects information in the product in order to ensure better matches with the IRS ERO Locator service:

ProSeries®http://accountants.intuit.com/support/tax/proseries/document.jsp?product=PROSERIES_TAX&id=INF21819

Lacerte®http://accountants.intuit.com/support/tax/lacerte/document.jsp?id=GEN85116

To view IRS Frequently Asked Questions about EFIN requirements, click here.

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