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Starting in 2011, many paid preparers must e-File Federal Income Tax Returns for Individuals, Estates and Trusts. 

The Internal Revenue Service today detailed how, starting Jan. 1, 2011, paid tax return preparers can comply with a new law that requires paid tax return preparers who meet the definition of “specified tax return preparer” under the new law to electronically file (e-file) federal income tax returns that they prepare and file for individuals, trusts and estates.

The e-file requirement will be phased in over two years.

Starting Jan. 1, 2011, paid preparers who prepare income tax returns for individuals, trusts and estates, such as Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, and Forms 1041, and who reasonably expect to file 100 or more of these income tax returns in 2011 are specified tax return preparers required to file these returns electronically.

Tax return preparers who are members of a firm are specified tax return preparers and must electronically file the income tax returns they prepare and file if the firm’s preparers, in the aggregate, expect to file 100 or more of these income tax returns in 2011.

Starting Jan. 1, 2012, the 100-return threshold will be reduced to 11 or more income tax returns that the preparer, or the preparer’s firm in the aggregate, expect to file in 2012 for individuals, trusts and estates. 
"Electronic filing is the safest, fastest and easiest way for taxpayers to file their tax returns.  E-filing is good for the tax system, good for taxpayers and good for the tax preparation industry," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.  "This requirement reflects the realities of the modern world where technology has evolved to the point that everyone should be filing their tax returns electronically."

To comply with the new law, a tax return preparer who is subject to the electronic filing requirement and does not already provide e-file for clients must become an Authorized IRS e-file Provider, which means he, she, or the firm, if the preparer is a member of a firm, must obtain an Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN). It takes up to 45 days to obtain an EFIN so return preparers who have not started the process should start immediately.

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