An EFIN is required for preparers to submit e-file returns to the IRS. The application process can take up to 45 days so preparers are encouraged to begin the registration well in advance of tax season. Your tax program will not allow the return to be e-filed if there is no EFIN entered in your software or if the EFIN has not been verified with Intuit.
Applying for an EFIN:
Click on Become an Authorized e-file Provider and follow the steps for each phase to obtain your EFIN.
Do you need to renew your EFIN with the IRS?
Authorized IRS e-file Providers do not have to reapply each year as long as they continue to e-file returns. However, if a Provider does not e-file returns for two consecutive years, the IRS will notify the Provider of removal from the IRS active Provider list. The IRS may reactivate a Provider if the Provider replies within sixty days and requests reactivation. Otherwise, the Provider will have to complete and submit a new application.
Once you obtain your EFIN you need to verify your EFIN with Intuit.
- Click here for instructions if you are using ProConnect Tax.
- Click here for instructions if you are using Lacerte or ProSeries.
If you need to enter your EFIN in your tax program the following articles will show you how: