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IRS e-Services website will be down from evening of August 17 until morning of August 21

IRS QuickAlerts for Tax Professionals (Aug. 4, 2017).

IRS has announced that its e-Services website will be unavailable from 6 PM EDT, on Thursday, August 17, until 6 AM EDT, Monday, August 21.

Background. IRS e-Services is a suite of web-based tools that allow tax professionals and payers to complete certain transactions online with IRS. The tools include Registration Services, e-file Application, Transcript Delivery and TIN Matching. These services are only available to approved persons in the tax return business and not to the public. Those persons include individuals who are registered as: Electronic Return Originators, Transmitters, Large Business Taxpayers with e-file mandates, Software Developers, Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance provider fee/Branded prescription drug filers, ACA Information Return Transmitters/Issuers, Reporting agents, Not for Profits, States that use Transcript Delivery Service (TDS), and Income Verification Express Service (IVES) Participants.

E-Services website will be down. IRS has announced that it is in the final stages of a technology upgrade for e-Services and, as a result, the e-Services website will be unavailable from 6 PM EDT, on Thursday, August 17, until 6 AM EDT, Monday, August 21.

Applications also will be offline and resume August 22, except for State users. E-Services must be taken offline to complete the platform transition and to perform testing. This outage will affect all users, including bulk users such as IVES and TIN Matching.

All State tax agency users will be unable to submit new e-file and TDS applications for State coordinators or change existing e-file and TDS applications for State coordinators from August 17 until late October. This temporary issue will not affect State access to transcripts. If there is a critical need to add or remove an individual from a State application, States may contact their IRS government liaison representative who will notify appropriate IRS personnel.

Affordable Care Act Information Return (AIR) filers may resume submission of applications for Transmitter Control Codes starting on August 22. The application process for AIR users has been offline since July because of the e-Services platform transition.

A redesigned e-Services landing page will launch August 21.

IRS urges all e-Services users to plan ahead to accommodate the temporary outage.