The Internal Revenue Service plans to finally release its re-engineered Transcript Delivery System on Monday, just in time for tax season.

In an email to tax professionals on Friday, the IRS said the new TDS would be available to provide transcripts of tax returns, effective January 9. The new TDS will have an updated look, feel and functionality to provide taxpayers and preparers with transcripts of the tax returns they have previously filed.

The new system was originally scheduled to roll out last October but was delayed because of technical issues (see IRS Updating Its Transcript Delivery System and IRS Delays New Transcript Delivery System).

The IRS said the TDS has been re-engineered to upgrade the equipment and software, to improve processing, and increase capacity on the system.

The IRS said the screens would be defined more clearly, and taxpayer and product information would be combined on one page. The most commonly used forms would show up by default. Users will have the ability to set a tax year range with a beginning and ending year. They will also be able to to submit multiple tax forms in one request. The new TDS will also offer the ability to add and submit more than one taxpayer in the same request. The Taxpayer Identification Number will default to the Social Security Number.

More information about these changes is included on on the e-Services - Online Tools for Tax Professionals page.

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