The Internal Revenue Service has launched its much-anticipated Income Verification Express Service or IVES, a program offering immediate electronic delivery of client tax and income information to financial lenders such as mortgage companies.

Through the IVES program, the IRS charges $4.50 for each tax-return year requested by the lender, with most companies requesting two copies. Prior to the IVES program, it provided the information for free. Borrowers, however, must sign Form 4506-T granting permission for a third party to receive information from the IRS.

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