TAP: Introduction and Registering

The Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) is an online system for people who regularly file Idaho returns and pay on certain tax types. It’s mostly for businesses, but individuals can get a TAP account. TAP is also the system to use if you need to request a payment plan.  

You can’t file income tax returns in TAP. See Free File (for many individuals) and the E-File page for options. You can make income tax payments in TAP (need a TAP account) or through another method like Quick Pay (no special account needed). See E-Pay.   

Why you should use TAP

  • It’s free.
  • You can access TAP when and where you want, 24/7.
  • Your information stays in a secure environment.
  • TAP is a fast way to file and pay.

What you can do in TAP

    • Income tax withholding — Form 910, Form 967 and W-2s, Form 1099 and file upload
    • Sales and use taxes
    • County assessor sales tax
    • Travel and convention tax
    • Greater Boise Auditorium District tax
    •  Idaho Falls Auditorium District tax
    •  Pocatello/Chubbuck Auditorium District tax
    • Beer tax 
    • Wine tax 
    • E911 Fee
    • Fuels distributor report (XML or Excel upload)
    • IFTA returns
    • Other IFTA-related actions — IFTA additional decal order, IFTA license application, IFTA license renewal
  • Make tax payments (including scheduling payments up to 90 days in advance). This includes income tax payments.
  • Get tax due-date reminders for all tax types that you can file in TAP.
  • View your account history.
  • Request updates to specific account information.
  • Print copies of specific filed returns or letters we sent you.

This guide will help you get started with our Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) system.

Registering for a TAP account

Plan ahead when registering. The registration and approval process takes about 10-12 days to complete from beginning to end.

You must have a tax account with us before you can register for a TAP account.

  • If you’re a business that wants to pay taxes through TAP, you need a permit (account) for that tax type first. See tax.idaho.gov/ibr to apply.
  • If you’re new to Idaho, you must wait until we’ve received and processed your first income tax return before you register.

To start registering

  1. On the TAP home page, look below the Log In button. Click Sign up under New to e-Services?
  2. When asked if you received a registration code, leave No selected and click Next.
  3. In the You Are field, select one of these:
    • An Individual if you’re an individual managing your own taxes
    • A Sole Proprietor if you’re the sole owner of a business
    • A Business owner or employee if you’re an owner or employee of a business (but not the sole owner)
    • 3rd party Tax Professional if you’re a tax preparer or accountant managing your clients’ taxes
  4. Enter your Social Security number or federal Employer Identification Number (EIN).
  5. Complete the other required fields.
    • In the Name field, use the legal name associated with the Social Security number or federal EIN you entered.
    • Enter your ZIP code. It must match what we have on file for your location ZIP code.
    • Enter your email address and then confirm it.
  6. Click Submit. You see the confirmation screen.
  7. We’ll send you a letter with a registration code within 7-10 business days. See “To finish registering” below when you receive the letter.

If you don’t receive a letter within 7‑10 business days, contact us through the TAP Issues box in our Submit a question section, or call us at(208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll free at(800) 972-7660.

To finish registering

  1. When you receive your letter, go to the TAP home page.
  2. Click Sign up under New to e-Services? (under the Log In button).
  3. When asked if you have received a registration code, click Yes and then click Next.
  4. Enter the registration code exactly the way it appears in your letter. This code is case sensitive.
  5. In the You Are field, you must select the same option you chose the first time.
  6. You must enter the same federal EIN or SSN you used the first time.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Complete the required fields. Adding banking information is optional; you can add it later.
  9. Click Submit and click Yes. You see a confirmation screen.
  10. Log out of TAP.
  11. On the TAP home page, click Log In. Enter your username and password.
  12. You’ll be prompted to set up two-factor authentication (2FA), which is required. Choose to receive the code through an authentication app, as a text message, or through email.
  13. Click Confirm.

You now have full access to TAP. Get started with filing and paying.