What is a Vendor Control Number (VCN) with CCH Axcess™ Tax or CCH® ProSystem fx® Tax?

The Vendor Control Number (or VCN) is a new data element transmitted with Individual 1040 returns starting with tax year 2016. It is a safeguard to prevent fraudulent returns from being filed.

A VCN is associated with a specific Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) to ensure that EFIN is not being used fraudulently by a preparer or firm. The VCN is generated by Wolters Kluwer and sent to the IRS along with the associated EFIN. Each return filed with a specific EFIN must include the VCN associated with that EFIN.

Approximately 48 hours after entering the EFIN and Tracking Number for your firm's accounts in EFIN Manager in the Electronic Filing Status System, the VCN is assigned and can be viewed by accessing EFIN Manager.

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