In the weeks following the Thanksgiving Holiday, you may have received a letter from the IRS asking you to revalidate your e-services identity. Preparers receiving this letter must verify their identity within 30 days of the date printed on the letter. Not renewing in a timely manner will result in your account being locked. If you did not receive a letter, no action should be needed.
Validating your e-services identity is simple. The preferred way is to register for Get Transcript Online at www.irs.gov/transcript. If you encounter issues validating via the website, you can call the IRS e-Services Help Desk, 1-866-255-0654. If you choose to complete the validation process by phone, be sure you have your letter in hand when calling. The letter contains important information that is needed to complete the process. You will continue to have access to your account during the 30-day revalidation period, after which your account will be suspended.
Revalidation of your e-services identity is another step by the IRS to enhance e-file security and reduce cybercrime. Revalidating your e-services identity brings you one step closer to being ready for tax season and keeping you and your customers safe.