Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The two forms covered under the new option are "Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative, and Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization. These forms allow taxpayers to authorize the IRS to disclose their tax information to third parties, such as, tax professionals."
The Form 2848 allows taxpayers to authorize eligible individuals to speak to the IRS on their behalf and also allows that person to receive related confidential tax information.
The Form 8821 isn't as useful because it only allows the appointed representative to inspect or receive confidential information verbally or in writing "for the type of tax and the years or periods you list on the form." This form does not allow anyone to speak on your behalf.
You can use the new options by creating a Secure Access Account and is fairly simple and quick to set up.
See Kelly Phillips Erb, IRS Rolls Out Online Option For Submitting Authorization Forms, Forbes, January 25, 2021.
Special thanks to Mark J. Bade (CPA, GCMA, St. Louis, Missouri) for bringing this article to my attention.