IRS adds online transcript delivery for tax professionals

The IRS has made available to tax practitioners an online Transcript Delivery System to request and receive transcripts of their client's tax records within minutes instead of days or weeks, the latest in a series of business e-services, the tax agency said today

Authorized tax practitioners use the application to order tax account and tax return transcripts and other tax information for their business and individual clients. Tax practitioners use transcripts when representing their clients before the IRS. The documents are returned within minutes to the practitioner's computer through a secure online connection. The transcripts of a taxpayer's account show actions taken by the IRS or the taxpayer and any tax, penalties or interest assessed.

'This important new technology will help tax practitioners improve their services to taxpayers and is part of our continuing efforts to modernize the IRS,' said IRS Commissioner Mark Everson.

Tax returns can also be printed as transcripts to show most of the numbers reported on the return and those from accompanying schedules or forms. In many cases, transcripts are used instead of making copies of tax returns.

The Transcript Delivery System is the final product in a line of e-services developed through the Business Systems Modernization program with the Prime Alliance group of contractors led by Computer Sciences Corp. Other e-services developed for practitioners who have e-filed 100 or more individual tax returns and registered to use e-services are disclosure, authorization and electronic account resolution.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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