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State E-filing Requirements

2016 E-File Income Tax Returns

Require a Copy of Your Driver's License or State ID

During this tax filing season, states are requiring tax return preparers to include driver's license numbers (or another form of state-issued identification) on e-filings, as a measure to help combat identity and refund theft.

In states that require it, failing to include this mandatory information will prevent accountants from e-filing taxpayers' return. This is an effort to combat identity theft, reduce verification process by tax agencies and ultimately process tax returns more quickly.

The following states either require or request a driver's license number or other state identification to be included with the e-filing of state returns:

  • Alabama.
  • California.
  • Illinois.
  • Kansas.
  • Louisiana.
  • New York.
  • Ohio.
  • Virginia.
  • Wisconsin.

Our firm is required to e-file returns and our preparers will be requesting this information from our individual tax clients, effective for the 2016 tax year. Joint filers will need to provide the identification for each spouse.