Before you can electronically file tax returns, you must apply to become an Authorized e-file provider with the IRS. Applications to become an IRS e-file provider are prepared and submitted online only in three easy steps:
Step 1: Create an IRS e-services Account - Before you can begin the application process, you must apply and be approved for an e-services account with the IRS. The IRS may take several days to verify and approve your information, so it is important to plan accordingly.
Step 2: Submit Your Application - After you are approved for e-services, you will be able to log into your account to fill out the online application to become an IRS e-file provider. Plan accordingly as it may take up to 45 days for the IRS to approve an Authorized e-file Provider application.
Step 3: Pass a Suitability Check - After you submit your application and any related documents, the IRS will conduct a suitability check on the firm and each person listed on your application as either a principal or responsible official. This may include: a credit check; a tax compliance check; a criminal background check; and a check for prior non-compliance with IRS e-file requirements. Once approved, you will get an acceptance letter from the IRS with your Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN).
The entire application process can take 4-6 weeks to complete.
IRS e-Help Desk: 1.866.255.0654 (international: 512.416.7750), M-F 6:30 am - 6:00 pm (CST)