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IRS Launches Business Taxpayer Accounts, Allows Online Notice Responses

The Internal Revenue Service announced the launch of the first phase of rolling out business taxpayer accounts, as well as enable taxpayers to respond to notices online.

In an October 20, 2023, statement, the agency announced that the first phase will allow “unincorporated sole proprietors who have an active Employer Identification Number to set up a business tax account, where they can view their business profits and manage authorized users.”

The IRS noted that the business tax accounts will expand to allow taxpayers “to view letters or notices, request transcripts, add third parties for power of attorney or tax information authorizations, schedule or cancel tax payments, and store bank account information.”

The business tax accounts were enabled by the agency’s receiving of supplemental funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

Another technology improvement announced allowing taxpayers to respond online to notices, something that previously required responses via mail.

“During the filing season 2023, taxpayers were able to respond to 10 of the most common notices for credits like the Earned Income and Health Insurance Tax Credits online, saving them time and money,” the agency reported, adding that as of September 29, 2023, it has received more than 32,000 responses to notices via the online tool.

Additionally, the IRS will now accept electronic submissions for three forms via a mobile device-friendly forms. Those forms include:

The next form expected to have a mobile-friendly option later this fall is Form 13909, Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint, and at least 20 more of the most-used tax forms will have mobile device availability in early 2024, the IRS stated.

“An estimated 15 percent of Americans rely solely on mobile phones for their internet access – they do not have broadband at home – so it is important to make forms available in mobile-friendly formats,” the agency sad.

For tax professionals, their online accounts also received enhancements, including helping practitioners manage their active client authorizations on file with the Centralized Authorization File database as well as the ability to view their client’s tax information, including balance due.

By Gregory Twachtman, Washington News Editor

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