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June 2013

IRS to Shut Down Online Disclosure Authorization Application

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it will retire the Disclosure Authorization (commonly referred to as "power of attorney") and Electronic Account Resolution products on e-Services on Aug. 11, 2013. The IRS claims the retirement is due to the low usage of the program for these two services. As an alternative, the IRS increased the number of staff who process authorizations and asks tax professionals to fax or mail authorizations to the appropriate IRS locations and allow additional processing time. AICPA, TSCPA and other state CPA societies have received numerous e-mails and telephone calls with concerns about the submission of the POA. CPAs are now concerned that they will be forced to call the IRS's Practitioner Hotline and be subject to long wait times to obtain the same information they would be able to resolve through electronic account resolution. AICPA's Tax team members are meeting with the IRS to express concerns with the decision. TSCPA's Federal Tax Policy Committee plans to issue a letter to the IRS. Members may e-mail their concerns to the committee at pwyatt@tscpa.net or send letters to their Congressman or Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel; Internal Revenue Service; 1111 Constitution Ave NW; Washington, DC 20224-0001.

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