The online world operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never closes. Our society has become accustomed, even dependent, on this real-time environment at its fingertips. We read the news online, buy everything from clothes to home goods to work-out DVDs online, pay our bills online, even look for a potential mate online. And we do all of these things whenever we want, and anywhere we want - as long as there is Wi-Fi!
But, soon, there will be something that you as a tax practitioner will no longer be able to do online: communicate with the IRS in certain circumstances. The IRS announced on its website that as of August 11, it would no longer offer the Disclosure Authorization and Electronic Account Resolution products online due to low usage. This news caused an outcry from the tax practitioner community; many signed petitions to keep them up and running. We received a flood of emails and phone calls from our members, rightfully concerned about the negative impact that losing these two products will have on their practice.