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Form 8655 Software Support: Reporting Agent Authorization

Form 8655 is an interesting document. Also known as the Reporting Agent Authorization for, it is used to provide a reporting agent the ability to file forms and make payroll tax deposits on behalf of you or your company. Once the form is filed, this reporting agent, which can be an accountant or a payroll tax filing service, will be able to use your EIN to sign forms. Specifically, when form 8655 is filed, a reporting agent will be able to complete the following.

  • Make deposits and payments for specific returns
  • Sign and file specific returns
  • Provide the IRS with information to aid in penalty relief determinations related to the authority granted on the form
  • Receive duplicate copies of tax information and other forms of communication regarding the authority granted.

Put simply, if you’re about to hire an accountant or use a tax software, you’ll need to file this form. Luckily, the process is simple. Full instructions can be found on the form, but in most cases, you’ll only need to provide personal information, information about the reporting agent, and which forms and documents they have the authorization to sign and file.


How AMS Can Help with Form 8655

While Form 8655 may sound niche, hundreds of thousands of employers fill it out each year. Many businesses outsource their payroll and accounting processes to independent accountants and payroll software tools, which makes this a very common form. Importantly, Form 8655 marks a shift in a business’s life – from the owner or in-house accountant performing payroll tax deposits and forms to an outside source handling the process. It could be a sign of your business getting bigger, your finances becoming more complicated, or your client or customer base expanding. No matter the cause, it is a sign that you’ll need additional forms filing support. That’s where we can help.

AMS products are perfect for growing businesses. We have a range of software tools that address a variety of accounting needs, from payroll and form filing to employee onboarding and electronic filing support. Whether you’re hiring new people, preparing your annual forms, or trying to streamline payroll, Advanced Micro Solutions has the tools to help.


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File Form 8655 with AMS

Form 8655 is carried on our Forms Filer Plus ($49) platform, a popular software tool that simplifies filling out and filing a range of forms. We also support a broad range of federal forms, which are split between our Forms Filer Plus and AMS Payroll ($134).  If you’re looking for additional tax and wage reporting support, we have a range of software tools designed to expedite and ease the process.

  • W2/1099 Forms Filer (required purchase) – $84—$79
  • Payroll Module—$134
  • E-File Direct—$109
  • Affordable Care Act Filer—$79
  • 1042-S Filer—$79
  • Software-Generated Forms—$79
  • Forms Filer Plus

If you’re curious about how AMS can support your business through a transition or growth period, give our Sales and Information Team a call at 800-536-1099. We can walk you through the options and make recommendations based on your needs. Whether you need support for Form 8655 or a range of other documents, we can help.


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