Taxpayer Information Validation Program Guide

Pre-filing Taxpayer Information Validation programs are designed to improve the accuracy of electronically filed tax returns and payments filed by payroll service providers to government tax authorities.

Taxpayer Information Validation programs serve to verify or correct taxpayer information before a tax return or payment becomes due, to minimize errors in tax return and payment processing. Taxpayer information to be perfected includes Employer Identification numbers, business names, tax rates, assigned filing schedules, and other variables that affect the processing of tax returns. These programs are a critical element in enabling electronic filing systems to fulfill their ultimate potential. E-file systems should not only eliminate data entry/data capture processes; they should actively improve data quality and reduce back-end error handling and taxpayer correspondence.

This guide includes standardized data formats used nationwide and explains how to implement Pre-Filing Taxpayer Information Validation programs.