Washington (July 12, 2004) -- The Internal Revenue Service has expanded the products available through its e-services project with the release of two new electronic tools, Disclosure Authorization and Electronic Account Resolution, which give tax professionals online options for working with the IRS.

The new Disclosure Authorization tool gives eligible tax practitioners an online option for submitting power of attorney or taxpayer information authorization forms.

Electronic Account Resolution allows tax practitioners to electronically correspond with the IRS to ask about individual or business account problems, refunds, installment agreements, notices or missing payments. After EAR verifies that the tax professional has the authority to represent the taxpayer, account-related questions are answered by IRS contact representatives within three business days and the tax professional is notified by e-mail.

The two new premium e-services, which are available to tax professionals who successfully e-file 100 or more individual tax returns and are registered to use e-services, are part of the IRS Business Systems Modernization Program. Other e-services available include Registration, Online E-File Application, Preparer Tax Identification Number Application and Taxpayer Identification Number Matching.

-- WebCPA staff

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