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IRS rolls out electronic authorizations for tax practitioner forms


The Internal Revenue Service on Monday launched a new online feature that gives taxpayers the ability to digitally authorize someone to represent them or view their tax records. The new feature, one of many recent enhancements to the Online Account platform for individuals, will allow individual taxpayers to authorize their tax practitioner to represent them before the IRS with a power of attorney and to view their tax accounts with a tax information authorization form. “The ability for taxpayers to connect online with their tax professional is a groundbreaking step for the IRS,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a press release. “This is the first, basic step toward a more fully integrated digital tax system that will benefit taxpayers, tax professionals and the IRS.” Tax professionals may now go to the new Tax Pro Account on IRS.gov to digitally initiate the digital authorization requests, which are simpler versions of Forms 2848 and 8821. Once completed and submitted by the tax professional, the authorization requests will appear in the taxpayer’s online account for review, approval or rejection and electronic signature.

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