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3rd Party Designee for the preparer information is not being transfer to IRS when the return is efile.

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last updated ‎December 07, 2019 12:41 AM

3rd Party Designee for the preparer information is not being transfer to IRS when the return is efile.  On the information sheet, it says don't fill it in if it's the preparer. I call today to check on a client return and the rep said she see that 3rd party designee was check but the preparer name and pin was blank.  She only gave me information on the client by verifying my PTIN number.  I'm not sure that's the protocol or she was just giving me a break.  I have sent over 100 returns with 3rd party designee, so I can call to get information is they have a problem. Is this a glitch that it was blank at the IRS?   

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last updated ‎December 07, 2019 12:41 AM

This is in accordance with the filing instructions for the new F.1040.  You only need to check the box to authorize the preparer as third party designee and it says specifically not to complete Sch 6, which is for foreign address and third party designee info.

Interestingly, though, it no longer requires a PIN, so the IRS must be using something else to verify the preparer's identity.

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Thank you for question.  The 3rd party designee is something DIFFERENT than the preparer name and pin.  That information can be found by going in program to TOOLS and OPTIONS and selecting Firm/Preparer info.

Does your preparer name and information display there?  If so, you may want to contact support and get clarification.  If that information wasn't flowing your return would most likely be rejected.  Is that the case?  

You should be able to get more information on the reject reason in viewing your reject.

Sounds like you were both talking about 2 different things?
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last updated ‎December 07, 2019 12:41 AM
@Ashley at Intuit (aka Henry Jr) I know what third party designee is what information should be sent to the IRS.   Last year in that section of the information worksheet, the program would automatically put the name of the preparer and  that preparer's ERO Practitioner Pin.    This year the program says if the paid preparer is the 3rd party designee do not complete the designee information on the worksheet.   So I'm assuming the program is suppose to fill it in when the return is being transmitted.  It didn't do that when I call the IRS to check on a client return. The rep said it was blank.
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Ah, I see, thank you for the clarification. I'll see if I can find anything out about this
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@Ashley at Intuit (aka Henry Jr)  Did they fix this with the last update?  Will the IRS still give us information on the clients that were sent with the blank information?
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last updated ‎December 07, 2019 12:41 AM
I don't see a space for the ERO Practitioner PIN on the new 1040 like it had in previous years

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last updated ‎December 07, 2019 12:41 AM
@Just Lisa Now! Because it's no longer needed on F.1040, unless Sch 6 is completed to designate someone other than the preparer.
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:+1:  I never quite understood the ERO PIN thing for identification purposes...if anyone had a copy of the return it would show it on the printout and they could still pretend to be the preparer.:+1:

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last updated ‎December 07, 2019 12:41 AM
@Just Lisa Now! It's looks like they fixed this today because the 3rd party designee is working like it did last year.  Some people including me have had it generate an error today. It has now seem to resolve itself.  
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last updated ‎December 07, 2019 12:41 AM

This is in accordance with the filing instructions for the new F.1040.  You only need to check the box to authorize the preparer as third party designee and it says specifically not to complete Sch 6, which is for foreign address and third party designee info.

Interestingly, though, it no longer requires a PIN, so the IRS must be using something else to verify the preparer's identity.

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@itonewbie  They verified me by asking for my PTIN number which is on every return you print.  So anybody can pretend to be the preparer.  That's why I trying to see if this is a glitch or just how the system works now.
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last updated ‎December 07, 2019 12:41 AM
I understand but verification of preparer identity is something the IRS has been (or, rather, has problem) grappling with.
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