Some tax pros need to revalidate identity

Written on Mar 14, 2017

If you received a Letter 5903, e-Services Revalidation, you must revalidate your identity. The IRS e-Services Help Desk will have additional staff available this week only specifically to help tax professionals who need to revalidate their identity to have their e-Services registration account reinstated.

Additional help will be in place March 14-17.

E-Services registration accounts were suspended for tax professionals who received Letter 5903 and failed to revalidate their identities within the required 30-day time period. The IRS urges tax professionals who need to revalidate their identity to do so now when extra staff is on hand and not wait until there is an emergency need to access e-Services accounts.

Letter recipients must revalidate even if they are infrequent users of e-Services or its tools. Authorized IRS e-file providers must ensure the IRS has current information by reviewing and updating their IRS e-file application within thirty days of a change requiring access to their e-Services registration accounts. Letter 5903 was issued to tax professionals who have access to sensitive taxpayer data through e-Services and who have accessed their accounts in the past year. This is part of the IRS’ ongoing effort to strengthen security around certain self-help tools on IRS.gov and protect taxpayer and tax professional data. More information is available at www.irs.gov/eservices.

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