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

Important: The IRS is not accepting 2015 tax returns yet. This page will be updated once you can start preparing 2015 tax returns online. 

Before you begin the efile checkout process, sign into your 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 8: 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 by the IRS, you will not be able to change the direct deposit information.


Direct Deposit Info


Step 9: Begin signing your return

  • If you filed or efiled a 2014 federal tax return, by any method (online, on paper, on, on another website, or with a tax preparer), then select "Yes". Continue to Step 10.
  • If you did not file or efile a 2014 federal tax return, by any method (online, on paper, on, on another website, or with a tax preparer), then select "No". Skip to Step 11.


Begin Signing Your Return


Step 10: (Option 1) Enter your PIN

  • You must identify yourself by entering either an IRS e-filing PIN or your 2014 AGI. Using a PIN is generally the easiest option.
  • Get a new IRS e-filing PIN online here:
  • Or call 1-866-704-7388.
  • For more PIN help, review our IRS PIN guide. 


Enter PIN


Step 10: (Option 2) Enter your AGI

  • Instead of using a PIN, you can enter your 2014AGI. You can find it on your 2014 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
  • For more AGI help, visit our prior-year AGI page. 


Enter AGI


Step 11: 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" or "12345") and enter it in the box. This acts as your digital signature.
  • Agree to the Consent to Disclosure and click "Continue" one last time. Once this happens, the software will automatically a PDF copy of your tax return (which you can find on the "My Account" screen).


Sign Your Return


Step 12: 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 13: 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 copy of your completed return(s).




That's it! Your return has been efiled. You will receive an email when your return is accepted or rejected by the IRS.

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