IRS Fingerprint Efile
IRS Fingerprint Efile

IRS implements new fingerprinting process for efile

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The IRS is planning to mandate a new electronic fingerprinting process for efile applications for tax practitioners starting Sept. 25.

In an email to tax professionals, the IRS said individuals would be required to use an IRS-authorized vendor for fingerprinting. Each new principal and responsible official listed on a new e-file application or added to an existing application needing fingerprints will need to schedule an appointment with the IRS authorized vendor.

The cutoff date to mail paper fingerprint cards (Form FD-258—search online for your preferred vendor) to the IRS is Aug. 15, 2022. The fingerprints cards also need to be postmarked by August by that same date, and the application has to be submitted prior to mailing the fingerprint cards.

The IRS won’t process fingerprint cards postmarked after Aug. 15, 2022, the agency said. In addition, customers needing fingerprints will need to wait until Sept. 25 to schedule an electronic fingerprinting appointment. On Sept. 25, 2022, they can schedule an appointment by accessing the scheduling link located on the e-file application summary page.

Instructions for scheduling an appointment will be provided upon submitting an e-file application and on The IRS plans to provide additional information about the new fingerprinting process on Sept. 25. The Become an Authorized e-file Provider page on will offer the most up-to-date information.

The IRS has struggled to control identity theft and data breaches within its user self-service tools such as Get Transcript, and tax professionals have increasingly found themselves targeted by cybercriminals with phishing schemes in an effort to get access to sensitive client information. The fingerprinting process is one way the IRS has tried to improve its authentication procedures, while hoping to avoid the kinds of controversies over biometric identification methods that erupted earlier this year after it began rolling out selfie technology for accessing online taxpayer accounts. The IRS also plans to migrate its set of online services for tax professionals to the third-party provider this summer despite objections being raised in Congress to the authentication company.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published by Accounting Today.

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