My initial attempts to submit my application online were unsuccessful. Apparently from what I have read in my online “wanderings” other tax pros also had problems with the online process. I discussed these attempts in the post “What a Mucking Fess”.
As a result of my difficulties registering online I filed a paper application on Form W-12 on October 4th. I was concerned when I checked the other day to find that my check for payment of the $64.25 fee had not yet been cashed.
I have been told that while the IRS has resolved most of the initial issues it encountered at the start-up of the online process, there are still problems with “authentication”. This is because of slight differences between the way tax preparers have entered their addresses in the application and what appears on their last tax return, mostly in terms of punctuation and abbreviations.
I was not alone in abandoning the online registration and turning to a paper application. This has created a backlog in processing W-12s, with which the IRS is trying to figure out how to deal. I have been assured that the IRS is working through the issues – and I do believe the assurances.
So if you gave up on the online system and filed a W-12, and have not heard back from the IRS yet (or your check also remains uncashed) do not worry. Have patience.