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How to obtain an EFIN from the IRS

SOLVEDby IntuitProConnect Tax28Updated July 14, 2022

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 won't let the return to be e-filed if there is no EFIN entered in your software or if the EFIN hasn't 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?

From IRS Publication 3112:

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Once you obtain your EFIN you need to verify your EFIN with Intuit.

  • Click here for instructions if you are using ProConnect.
  • 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:

  • Click here for instructions if you are using ProConnect.
  • Click here for instructions if you are using Lacerte.
  • Click here for instructions if you are using ProSeries Professional or ProSeries Basic.

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