e-SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE

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e-Services Users, Most user applications for e-File, Transcript Delivery Systems and the AIR Transmitter Control Code are now available. The transition of e-Services to a new platform was completed this weekend. This technology upgrade will mean an improved look and feel to the applications. All users except for state users may now submit new or change existing applications. Restoring state access to applications and to extracts is a priority. Meanwhile, states may submit critical changes by contacting their IRS Government Liaison. This technology upgrade took longer than anticipated. The IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this has caused. The IRS also has added additional personnel to the e-Help Desk to assist with applications questions and processing. As a reminder, we announced on Friday that the move of e-Services to a new identity proofing process called Secure Access currently is on hold while we review vendor options. Please know that we are doing our best to upgrade our systems to make e-Services easier to use and more secure for you and your clients.

E-SERVICES UPDATE

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The IRS would like to remind tax practitioner organizations of new changes and plans for e-Services: Ongoing migration of e-Services to a new platform. The technology upgrade began two weeks ago. The Transcript Delivery System, TIN Matching and Secure Mailbox are back online. The ability to submit applications for e-File and TDS should be back online soon; however, no date has been established yet at this time. A new e-Services user agreement is in the final stages of legal approval through the IRS counsel. Among the changes are those that affect tax practitioners who use third-parties, or “intermediate service providers” (ISPs), pertaining to obtaining client transcripts. The revised user agreement will require practitioners to notify clients when those ISPs are used to access client tax information. In late October, the IRS plans to require all e-Services users to use two-factor authentication and a new registration process called Secure Access. Once registered in Secure Access, returning users must provide their credentials (username and password) plus a security code sent to a mobile device via SMS text or the IRS2Go app. An upgrade to the IRS2Go app in late October will allow it to generate a new security code every sixty seconds, with or without … Read More

DON’T TAKE THE BAIT: PROTECT E-SERVICES ACCOUNTS, EFINS

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The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry reminded tax professionals that they are responsible for protecting access to their IRS e-Services account and safeguarding their Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) from thieves. National and international criminal syndicates routinely attempt to steal tax professionals’ usernames and passwords so they may access IRS e-Services to obtain the EFIN, which allows a criminal to steal clients’ sensitive information. Increasing awareness about protecting e-Services and EFINs is part of a “Don’t Take the Bait” campaign, a 10-part series aimed at tax professionals. The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry, working together as the Security Summit, urge practitioners to learn to protect themselves from password thefts. This is part of the ongoing Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself effort. “For tax professionals working with the IRS, protecting these account numbers is critical,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Practitioners should maintain, monitor and protect their Electronic Filing Identification Number. Failing to do so can be disastrous for their business and their clients.” Protecting Clients and Their Businesses from e-Services/EFIN thieves   Cybercriminals routinely use spear phishing emails to target tax practitioners. The emails impersonate IRS e-Services, trying to trick practitioners into disclosing their username and password. … Read More