Creating an IRS FIRE account

Eric Updated by Eric

The FIRE website closes down near the end of November annually and does not reopen until the first or second week of January.  If it is closed, be sure to register there as soon as possible when it reopens.
  1. Obtain a FIRE TCC if your organization does not already have one. If it does, multiple users can be created under one TCC. Each user should create their own FIRE account following the steps below.
    Some users have reported having to wait 48 hours after obtaining a TCC before they could create an IRS FIRE account.
  2. Go to the IRS FIRE Website.
  3. Click Create New Account.
  4. Fill out the form.
    1. Input the TCC.
      The TCC should start with a number, which indicates it's a FIRE TCC. If it starts with "D", then it is an IRIS TCC and is invalid for FIRE and you are in the wrong place. Consider filing with the IRIS portal instead.
      TCC's that were acquired before September 2021 that weren't renewed by submitting the new IR Application for TCC are expired and unlikely to work. Reapply using the IR Application for FIRE TCC.
    2. Input a PIN.
    3. Input the Company Name.
      The Company Name is very sensitive and must exactly match IRS records.
    4. Input the User ID, Password, and Verify Password fields.
      Passwords must be changed every 90 days. The previous 24 passwords cannot be used and cannot contain the User ID or User Name.
  5. Click Create.
  6. Make a note of your User ID and click OK.
  7. Create and verify the 10-digit self-assigned PIN and click Submit.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Input and verify the Secret Phrase then click Create.
  10. Click OK.
  11. You will be logged out automatically. Input your credentials again and click Login.
  12. Click Continue.
  13. Click Send Information.
  14. Input your TCC and TIN then click Submit.
  15. Verify your Filing Information then click Accept.
  16. Your account is setup and ready to go. Click Main Menu.
  1. Click Log Out.
If you have any questions, call the IRS FIRE System phone number: (866) 455-7438.

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