News Tax News IRS Launches Online Authorization for Tax Pros By Medora Lee Medora Lee Medora Lee began covering the financial markets in 1992 and has interviewed U.S. Treasury secretaries and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Her work at outlets including Reuters, theStreet.com, and Forbes.com schooled her in stocks, commodities, and bonds and now she translates Wall Street for Main Street at The Balance. learn about our editorial policies Published on July 20, 2021 Fact checked by Julianne Slovak Fact checked by Julianne Slovak Julianne Slovak has been immersed in mutual funds and financial services for decades, working as chief of reporters for Fortune magazine and at Capital Group and Citibank before joining The Balance. She has earned degrees from Princeton, Stanford, and Harvard, studying topics like the history of financial crises. learn about our editorial policies Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Korrawin Khanta / EyeEm/Getty Images The IRS took a step toward modernizing its procedures this week, a welcome step after the troubles it encountered during the pandemic. The new digital feature makes it easier for taxpayers and tax professionals to move accounts online and avoid paper forms, the IRS said Monday. The feature, Tax Pro Account, lets individuals give a tax practitioner Power of Attorney (POA) and lets the professional view taxpayers’ accounts with a Tax Information Authorization (TIA). The tax professional must use Tax Pro Account, available on IRS.gov, to request a POA or TIA, which will then show up in the taxpayer’s online account. The taxpayer reviews the request and approves—or rejects—it. If approved, access to the taxpayer’s information will usually be available to the POA within 48 hours. Digitizing the tax system has been a goal of the IRS for some years, but efforts were accelerated after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most offices and kept millions of people at home, severely hampering the agency’s ability to serve taxpayers and tax professionals. Full Digital Ahead The IRS said Monday’s launch of Tax Pro is a significant step because it eliminates the need to print, fill out, and mail forms that must be manually processed by the IRS, which could take weeks. The IRS expects to increase options for electronic interactions in the future. "The ability for taxpayers to connect online with their tax professional is a groundbreaking step for the IRS," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig, in a release. "This is the first, basic step toward a more fully integrated digital tax system that will benefit taxpayers, tax professionals and the IRS." The new feature is available only to individual taxpayers with a U.S. address, not to businesses or other entities. Tax professionals must be in good standing with the IRS and be authorized to access the IRS database. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. IRS. “Accelerating Digital Communications to Solve Pandemic Challenges and Improve the Taxpayer Experience.” IRS. “IRS Improves Services to Taxpayers With Digital Authorizations and Launch of New Tax Pro Account.