Electronic filing providers may have mistakenly received letters from the IRS telling them they needed to contact the IRS to continue participating in the e-file program. A portion of the letters were sent to providers who are actually in good standing.
Authorized IRS e-file providers don’t need to reapply each year as long as they continue to e-file returns. The IRS notifies providers before removal from its active provider list. However, the IRS said in an email to tax professionals Thursday that some letters were sent by mistake to e-filers who are in good standing.
“Based on a recent review, the IRS sent letters to participants advising them of their inactivity and asking them to contact the IRS to continue participation,” the IRS email read. “However, some of these letters were issued incorrectly. If you receive the inactivity letter and have filed returns in the last two years, the IRS has corrected the status of these affected participants and no additional action is necessary on your part.”
Tax professionals that are authorized e-file providers can review their IRS e-file Application
at IRS.gov using e-services to check on their current status.