September 20, 1994
New Electronic Filing Program Procedures
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service stepped up its
campaign to combat filing fraud with the announcement today of new
Electronic Filing Program procedures. These procedures will reduce
filing fraud by insuring that only appropriate applicants can
participate in IRS' Electronic Filing Program.
"The program changes we are making will reduce our exposure to
fraud and stop those trying to circumvent the high standards we have
always had for participating in the Electronic Filing Program, "
said IRS Commissioner Margaret Milner Richardson.
Among the requirements for new program applicants are:
- submission of fingerprints, enabling IRS to check criminal
- authorization of a credit check;
- a minimum age of 21;
- U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status.
The IRS has always checked applicants' tax records to identify
any tax compliance problems that would bar a person from the
Electronic Filing Program. The additional criminal and credit checks
will help verify applicants' identities and insure that those with
criminal histories problems do not gain entrance into the program.
Other changes include:
- requiring a company's branch offices to separately
apply for acceptance into the program;
- not allowing the address of the Electronic Return
Originator (ERO) on either the client's signature
document (Form 8453) or the electronic tax return; and
- not allowing returns with substitute W-2 forms to be
filed electronically before February 15.
"We will be implementing many other fraud-prevention changes
before next year's tax filing season," Commissioner Richardson said.
"For example, our computer technology has enabled us to more
thoroughly verify the accuracy of Social Security numbers for
taxpayers and their dependents. Incorrect numbers will delay the
processing of returns and expected refunds. We will continue our
efforts until we have eliminated refund filing fraud from our tax
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