[E-File Error Code - R0000-188] How do I resolve it?
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Applicable To
94X 1099 W-2 ACA W-4

IRS Error Code[R0000-188]

Reporting Agent PIN provided in the Return must match the IRS e-File Database

Rejection Message:
The Reporting Agent PIN entered is invalid. Please check your Reporting Agent PIN and re-transmit your return.

What does it mean:
Reporting Agent PIN is a 5-digit identification number provided by the IRS to the tax professionals. The tax professionals enter this PIN to file 941, 944, or 940 forms on behalf of their clients. This error code means that the Reporting Agent PIN you entered doesn't match with the IRS e-file database.

Resolution:
The reporting agent PIN is issued only to the Reporting Agents authorized b the IRS. The reporting agent must file Form 8655 with each business before or at the same time they file an employment tax return for them. The Reporting Agents will not be authorized to file a 94x return for their clients if they haven't filed a Form 8655. So, if you're a reporting agent filing 94x returns on behalf of your clients, make sure you have a valid Form 8655 return.

Here is how you can correct your return if you're not a reporting agent:

  1. Log in to your TaxBandits account. 
  2. Select the "Tax Professionals" page under "Settings."
  3. You can now change the filer type to not a Reporting Agent.
  4. Click on the 94x tab on the menu.
  5. You will see the rejected forms, click "Fix Errors & Resubmit" under Action.
  6. Review your return and transmit it to the IRS.

Here is how you can correct your return if you're a reporting agent:

Check your EFIN:

  1. Log in to your TaxBandits account. 
  2. The EFIN you provided may be incorrect. Please check your EFIN. 
  3. Update the correct EFIN in the "Tax Professionals" page under "Settings."
  4. Click on the 94x tab on the menu.
  5. You will see the rejected forms, click "Fix Errors & Resubmit" under Action.
  6. Review your return and transmit it to the IRS.

Check your Reporting Agent PIN:

  1. Log in to your TaxBandits account and click on the 94x tab on the menu.
  2. You will see the rejected forms, click "Fix Errors & Resubmit" under Action.
  3. The Reporting Agent PIN you entered may be incorrect. Please check your Reporting Agent PIN.
  4. Provide the correct Reporting Agent PIN while filing, and re-transmit your return to the IRS.

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