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Regular Maintenance Alert – Sunday, February 12th, 1am-7am EDT (Updated Info)

Update 8;00 AM:  You can now access the login page from the VITA/TCE Springboard.

 


 

Update 7:33 AM:  You may also see the following message when trying to login: 

his page contains the following error(s): (click to go to error)
  • You cannot login from this location (104.57.139.163, 104.57.139.163), please speak with your site administrator to find a suitable location for your login.

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Update 7:25 AM:  Our engineers are working to finalize the changes they made.  You may be experiencing one of the following:  Site cannot be found, server error when trying to access the site, or cannot login to this IP address…contact your site administrator

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Update 7:10 AM :  Our maintenance period is running a little longer than anticipated.  Will update in 15 minutes

 

There will be various production impacting maintenance tasks beginning February 12th at 1am EDT. During this window there will a series of planned outages. Production access to the environment will primarily be between 3:30am EDT and 5:30am EDT.

IRS Quick Alert: Possible Phishing Scam

The IRS is issuing this alert to warn e-Services account holders of an uptick in a previously reported scam designed to capture usernames and passwords.

If you receive and unsolicited email you suspect could be a scam, please forward it unopened to [email protected].

If e-services users have already clicked on the fake logo and provided their username and password, they should contact the e-services help desk to reset their accounts.

Quick Alert: 1040 Modernized e-File (1040 MeF) Production Shutdown and Cutover

All times shown in this communication are Eastern Time Zone.

To ensure that all Form 1040 tax returns e-filed through the Modernized e-File (MeF) system are processed timely, this year’s 1040 MeF Production shutdown/cutover and acknowledgment retrieval schedule has been established. It is imperative that everyone adhere to the schedule shown below.

1040 MeF Production Shutdown/Cutover Schedule

Shutdown begins on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 11:59 a.m. in order to prepare the system for the upcoming Tax Year 2016 Filing Season.

Important Note: States who schedule retrieval of their state submissions may have to change their schedule in order to retrieve submissions in time to validate returns and submit acknowledgements by 11:30 a.m., November 30th. Anything not retrieved through MeF by 11:59 a.m., November 30th, cannot be accessed again until MeF reopens for 1040 MeF Production for Filing Season 2017.

Shutdown Deadlines on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Transmitters:

Transmitting Submissions (State & Federal)          10:00 a.m.
Retrieving Acknowledgements                              11:59 a.m.

States:

Transmitting Acknowledgements                           11:30 a.m.

Quick Alert: Update on IRS e-Services and Secure Access

The IRS issued the following Quick Alert 10/14/2016:

To ensure a smooth transition, the IRS has decided to delay the October 24 date for requiring e-services users to re-register and validate their identities through Secure Access authentication.

In the next few weeks, the IRS plans to have discussions with key stakeholders affected by the e-services changes to discuss security protocols and next steps in this process.

A new implementation date has not been set. When a new date is set, the IRS will share the information widely with e-Services users.

The IRS is strengthening the e-Services registration process as part of a wider effort to ensure the protection of taxpayer data and IRS systems.

Important Reminder:  Partners are strongly encouraged to verify the status of each EFIN in the Registered User Portal (RUP) prior to placing the software order. If the EFIN is not active in RUP, the issue must be resolved prior to placing the software order. Refer to IRS Publication 4396-A, Partner Resource Guide, for additional information on the RUP.