Steps for tax professionals to obtain wage and income transcripts needed for tax preparation

December 19, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service, in partnership with the tax preparation community, has devised a new process that will allow tax practitioners to access employer information needed for return preparation and electronic filing while also protecting taxpayer data.

The new process is part of a series of steps planned by the IRS to enhance safeguards around the tax transcript format and distribution to better protect taxpayers from identity theft. A transcript is a summary of tax return entries on the Form 1040 series. 

In September 2018, the IRS began partially masking the personally identifiable information for all individuals and entities listed on an individual tax return. The redesigned transcript will fully display all financial entries. See New Tax Transcript and Customer File Number for details.

In addition to masking PII data, the IRS also will stop faxing transcripts as of February 4, 2019 to both taxpayers and authorized third parties, including tax professionals. This safeguard applies to both individual and business transcripts.

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