The efile Checkout Process - Direct Deposit, PIN or AGI, Sign Return, and efile

Before you begin the efile checkout process, sign into your efile.com account then follow the steps below:

Note: The instructions below contain images and are not interactive.

Step 1: Click "File" on the left.

My Return 

Step 2: Click "Continue" to proceed to the next screen.

Filing Your Return

Step 3: After the system finishes double checking your return. Click "Continue".

Double Checking

Step 4: After reviewing the next steps. Click "Continue".

Next Steps

Step 5: Select the return (or returns) you want to efile. Click "Continue".

E-filing Your Return

Step 6: Click on "No Thanks" to continue e-filing your return.

Audit Assistance

Step 7: Select how you would like to receive your refund. Click "Continue".

Options for Receiving Refund

Step 4: Enter your direct deposit information

  • Enter information for the bank account where you want your refund deposited. Your name must be on the account.
  • You can split your refund deposit up into 2 or 3 accounts. Just click "add another account".
  • Please double check your entries. Once your return has been accepted, you will not be able to change the direct deposit information.

Direct Deposit Info

Step 5: Begin signing your return

  • If you filed or efiled a 2012 federal tax return, by any method (online, on paper, on efile.com, on another website, or with a tax preparer), then select "Yes". Continue to Step 5.
  • If you did not file or efile a 2012 federal tax return, by any method (online, on paper, on efile.com, on another website, or with a tax preparer), then select "No". Skip to Step 8.

Begin Signing Your Return

Step 6: (Option 1) Enter your PIN

  • You must identify yourself by entering either an IRS e-filing PIN or your 2012 AGI. Using a PIN is generally the easiest option.
  • Get a new IRS e-filing PIN online here: http://www.efile.com/my-efile-pin/
  • Or call 1-866-704-7388.

Enter PIN

Step 7: (Option 2) Enter your AGI

  • Instead of using a PIN, you can enter your 2012 AGI. You can find your AGI on your 2012 tax return, on the following line, according to which tax form you filed:
    • 1040EZ: Line 4
    • 1040A: Line 21
    • 1040: Line 37
    • 1040NR: Line 36

Enter AGI

Step 8: Sign your return with a self-selected PIN

  • The last step before you efile is to sign your return. Make up any 5-digit number (anything except for "00000") and enter it in the box. This acts as your digital signature.
  • Agree to the Consent to Disclosure and click "Continue" one last time.

Sign Your Return

Step 9: e-file your return

  • This is it. This is where you actually efile your return(s). Enter the Security Code into the box and click "E-file Return".
  • Your return(s) will not be efiled unless you click the "E-file Return" button.


Step 10: Save and print your return:

  • Before you sign out, be sure to save and print a copy of your return. Click "Save Your Return" to download a PDF file of your completed return(s).

Done

And that's it! Your return has been efiled. You will receive an email from us when your return is accepted or rejected.

About 24 hours after your return has been accepted, you can check the status of your refund.