It Don’t Come Easy: IRS e-Services Re-Registration

01/18/18 | 1:32PM | Posted by Dwaine Sohnholz

The IRS requires all e-Services users to re-register for 2018 filing.

Have you ever felt as if there’s a soundtrack to your day? Here’s mine from the other day, “It Don’t Come Easy” by Ringo Starr.

That song was right for me as I contemplated the December 10, 2017, IRS announcement requiring all e-Services users to re-register using a new Secure Access authentication process. Of course, security is extremely important. However, it’s just one more hurdle to cross. So, as you’re preparing to file your ACA Information return electronically, pay attention. (It don’t come easy.)


The information you’ll need is available on the IRS How-to-Register page. I’ve already completed this process personally and walked several other colleagues through it, too. A word of advice — don’t wait until your filing deadline. It can take some time and you might have a couple of additional hurdles to overcome. (You know it don’t come easy.)


My experience went like this: After making it through most of the process, I was ready to complete the last step. To receive instant access, the IRS must send a text message to a mobile phone number that’s registered to you. As it turns out, when my wife and I signed up for mobile phones, my wife’s name was the first one listed our account. That meant that even though it’s my phone number, the IRS associated the number with my wife’s name not mine. So, I had to wait an additional week to receive my code by mail. It worked, but it wasn’t “instant access.” (Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues.)


ACA Print-Mail-eFile PricingAs a TEAM client, if you need an extra hand filing your ACA forms, we’re here to help. And in this case, it does come easy. You compile the data from WinTeam’s Insurance Benefits Module, and we’ll handle the rest. The process is secure, timely, accurate and reliable. Refer to the Per Form Pricing chart to the right. For more information or to sign up for the service, email


It don’t come easy
You know it don’t come easy
Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues
And you know it don’t come easy.
– Ringo Starr, “It Don’t Come Easy.”

Dwaine Sohnholz

Dwaine’s focus on the employer and business impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) began before it was signed into law in 2010. He’s been an advocate and advisor to Building Service & Security Contractors in his business strategy role at TEAM Software. Dwaine leverages more than 25 years of experience in financial management, risk assessment, and change management to deliver solutions for today’s increasingly complex business environment. Dwaine Sohnholz joined TEAM in 2007, directing business analysis and project management for the firm. He began his career in commercial lending and finance for the Farm Credit System and cultivated a passion for technology and innovation in profitability analysis and interest rate/liquidity risk management at ProfitStars. Dwaine’s key responsibilities are for driving overall business strategy and research in collaboration with all functional groups at TEAM. He earned his MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska.