You already know that QuickBooks Online Accountant integrates with Intuit’s ProConnect Tax. But did you know you can conveniently access years of client tax transcripts from Intuit ProConnect Tax via IRS Transcript direct access? And that IRS Transcript direct access is included with ProConnect Tax at no extra cost?
ProConnect Tax has added a new Transcripts tab to the Client Profile screen. From this tab, you can connect to the IRS, provide the appropriate client information and download IRS transcripts for your clients.
Please know that to download a client’s transcripts, you must have their authorization on file with the IRS. Client authorization requires filing the Client’s signed Form 2848 or Form 8821 with the IRS.
While you can complete and obtain client eSignatures on the appropriate authorization forms within ProConnect Tax, they must be filed with IRS Transcript Direct separately for each Client. They cannot be e-filed via the new ProConnect Transcript feature.
Configure ProConnect Tax with IRS Transcript Direct Access
1. Click the Login link on the window to open the correct IRS login page.
2. After logging into your IRS account, select A2A Setup on the IRS page.
3. Copy the A2A Client ID Code from the window in ProConnect and paste it into the field on the IRS page. You can use the copy button to the right of the code to quickly copy the code to your clipboard.
4. After pasting the code into the A2A Client ID field on the IRS page, select PROD as the A2A Environment and click Grant Access.
5. After clicking Grant Access, copy the Full User ID provided by the IRS.
6. Back on the ProConnect window, paste the Full User ID into the User ID field.
7. Click Connect now and wait for the connection to be established between ProConnect and the IRS.
8. Once successfully connected, click Let’s get started to begin retrieving transcripts for the Client.
Requesting Client’s Transcripts within ProConnect Tax
1. Go to the desired Client’s profile from either the hub or the list.
2. Select the Transcripts tab near the top of their profile.
3. You will see a list of transcripts that have already been retrieved; otherwise, the list will be empty.
4. On the right, click the Request more transcripts button.
5. If needed, update the client’s name and ID number to match what is on file with the IRS.
6. Confirm that you have the appropriate authorization on file with the IRS and enter the CAF (Centralized Authorization File) Number from the IRS in the appropriate box and click Continue.
7. Select the tax year and which forms you would like to retrieve transcripts for this client. Forms can be selected individually, by category, or all.
8. Click Request transcripts to continue.
9. The system begins retrieving the transcripts based on the forms selected. This window can be closed while waiting for retrieval.
10. Once transcripts have been successfully retrieved from the IRS, they will show on the Transcripts tab of the Client’s profile. They can be viewed, downloaded or removed from this list.
With the new ProConnect Tax direct access to IRS Transcripts, you can:
- Identify and correct errors proactively before a client gets an IRS notification.
- Access complete tax returns faster and more accurately with less client back-and-forth.
- Obtain the latest IRS client financials to assist you with on-boarding new clients, working on problem resolutions, and completing extensions.
For more information, see the ProConnect Tax Website.
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