Wisconsin participates in the federal/state electronic filing program, a cooperative effort between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the state revenue agencies. Authorized tax professionals electronically transmit federal and state income tax returns to the IRS. Then the IRS electronically sends the state return to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) for processing.
Taxpayers interested in e-filing through a tax professional
- Contact a tax professional that is authorized by the IRS and DOR to provide electronic filing services. These authorized tax professionals are called Electronic Return Originators (EROs). Make sure the tax professional you choose participates in the Federal/State Electronic Filing Program and uses a software package that includes the State of Wisconsin.
- To locate an ERO in your area, visit the
IRS website, scroll down to the Authorized Providers section, and enter a zip code and click Apply.
What to expect when you electronically file your income tax return using a tax professional
These are the steps in the e-file process:
- ERO enters data into their software program and prepares the federal and Wisconsin returns.
- ERO and taxpayer confirm direct deposit information if you have a refund.
- ERO and taxpayer confirm direct debit information if you have an amount owed.
- ERO and taxpayer review and verify the information on the returns.
- ERO provides taxpayer with a copy of the tax returns.
- ERO transmits the returns.
- ERO receives acknowledgements and notifies the taxpayer.
- ERO and taxpayer retain wage statements and other tax documents for four years.
- ERO either attaches the required documents (if needed) with the e-filed return, electronically submits required attachments via our
secure online portal, or mails Form W-RA (if needed) with required attachments within 48 hours.
IRS acknowledgements are issued within
Wisconsin DOR acknowledgements are issued within
If you use a tax professional to e-file your return, filing taxes becomes virtually a paperless process. If you owe taxes, you can pay by direct withdrawal/debit, credit card, or electronic funds transfer. Paying online via direct debit is quick and easy with our
secure online portal. If you pay by check, you will send your check along with a Form PV (Payment Voucher) to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Your ERO should give you this payment voucher. We highly encourage electronic payment, as processing of paper payments may take several weeks in some cases.
October 11, 2023