On August 11, 2013, the IRS will retire and remove the two applications for the Disclosure Authorization and Electronic Account Resolution options on e-Services. This decision is due largely to the low use of e-Service’s Disclosure Authorization and Electronic Account Resolution.
According to the IRS, “last year, users submitted less than 10 percent of all disclosure authorizations through the DA application. Similarly, only three percent of all account-related issues came in through the EAR application”.
In anticipation of this change, the IRS has increased the number of employees who process authorizations and has improved internal work processes to decrease the average processing time significantly from the current 10-day processing period.
Once the IRS removes the two applications, former Disclosure Authorization users will need to complete Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative, or Form 8821, Tax Information Authorizations, and mail or fax it to the appropriate IRS location listed on the form’s instructions. Please allow at least 4 days for the authorization to post to the IRS database before requesting a transcript through the Transcript Delivery System. Former EAR users should call the Practitioner Priority Service at 1-866-860-4259 for help resolving account-related issues.