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Important Notices!

Individual & Corporate Income Tax

Alabama Electronic Filing Program



E-File Registration Requirements for Tax Practitioners

Alabama has only two requirements to be accepted as an ERO into the AL E-File Program.

  1. You must be accepted with the IRS as an Authorized IRS e-file Provider. Please see IRS Publication 3112 – Applying and Participating in IRS e-file for more information. Once you are approved by the IRS then you are automatically accepted into the AL E-File Program. We do not need a copy of the Federal Form 8633.
  2. You must use Software that has been tested and approved by the State of Alabama. You can check the status of Alabama approved Vendors (link to new Professional Page) by checking the list as shown below.
  3. Note: It is not necessary for you to mail us the AL8453 Alabama Signature document or W-2’s, etc. Please retain all AL/IRS Forms/Schedules in your files for 3 years.

Preparer’s Signature

Alabama does not allow the tax preparer to sign the return with the Practitioner PIN. If you receive a fee to prepare a taxpayer’s Alabama return, then the paid preparer’s information must be completed on the return.

Approved Vendors

Approved Individual MeF Software Vendors – Professional

Approved Individual MeF Software Vendors – Online and CD/Download

MeF Status

Modernized e-file (MeF) Status


2016 Alabama ERO Handbook for Electronic Filers Updated: 02/22/2017

Individual E-file Mandate

  • Requirements for Mandatory E-File for Paid Preparers Using Packaged Software
    • Paper returns with 2-D barcodes are no longer considered as electronically filed
    • An “opt out” election form (Form EOO) must be attached to any paper return submitted by a preparer subject to the electronic filing requirements of Rule 810-27-.09
    • 2-D barcode is still required on any such paper return.

(1) (a) If an income tax return preparer prepares 11 or more acceptable, original individual income tax returns using tax preparation software in a calendar year, then for that calendar year and for each subsequent calendar year thereafter, all acceptable individual income tax returns prepared by that income tax preparer must be filed using electronic technology, as defined in the “Electronic Tax Return Filing Act,” as codified in Chapter 30 of Title 40, Code of Alabama 1975.

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Updated last: February 22, 2017