Apply to become an e-file provider

The IRS requires all participants in the electronic filing program to register online with IRS e-Services to receive an Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN). To prepare for electronic filing before the tax season begins, you must complete an IRS e-file application by December 1.

  1. Create an IRS e-Service account.
  2. Submit your e-file provider application online.
  3. Pass a suitability check.


  • The IRS may take 4-6 weeks to complete the online tax application process.
  • The IRS only processes online applications. You can no longer file Form 8633.
  • Once an e-file application is submitted and approved by the IRS, you don’t need to reapply each year unless you didn’t file returns electronically in recent prior years, were suspended from the IRS e-file program, or your business information has changed.

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