Standard Reporting Agent /Standard-Reporting-Agent.html This page describes the process of filing returns using 941Express as an Standard Reporting Agent. 9Reporting Agent Pub 3823 941 e-file 940 e-file transmitter standard reporting agent who is a standard reporting agent a standard agent is one who files payroll returns as a reporting agent using our direct filing option the standard agent will prepare their returns in 941expresss once the returns are complete and ready for transmission, they will connect to the irs ems system using 941express to transmit the information directly to the irs this option differs from our indirect option because lewis software will not have any involvement in the filing of your returns they go directly from your windows machine, to the irs ems system the acknowledgment is also obtained from ems directly to your computer the process for filing returns as an standard reporting agent in order to file returns as a standard reporting agent, you must have your efin electronic filer identification number , your reporting agent pin, your etin electronic transmitter identification number , your ems login id and ems password these five items are all obtained from the irs by completing either the 8633 form, or by submitting your signed 8655 s once you have these numbers, you are ready to test with the irs download and install the 941express software product to your windows machine purchase your standard reporting agent license by clicking on the help, register software and register online menu option or go to the lewis software online store once you have the software activated activated, open the software and click on the agent, agent information screen this must be completed with all of your business information including efin and reporting agent pin select test mode on the agent menu and complete the process for testing with the irs open the software, and choose the file menu, and then display the company database now, go to the company menu at the top of the window and choose the option for new company this will open up access to the data entry fields enter your company information into the software once this is completed, click < keep> on the toolbar and then save company database continue to enter companies until complete next you can create a return by opening the company in the company database and choosing the new 941 option on the toolbar invoicing and billing for returns when filing returns as an indirect agent, we typically invoice you once per quarter once you have completed filing your last return inform us you have sent your last return, and that will generate an invoice for the quarter in many cases, when your license is ready for renewal, we will include that in the invoice it can be paid by company check or credit card using our online store standard reporting agent requirements you will pay a license fee of $495 00 per year this is for an unlimited amount of returns you will use 941express to directly enter your returns you will file your returns using 941express directly to the irs there is no additional cost for this process this license provides for unlimited filing of returns for a calendar year requires efin, etin, reporting agent pin, ems login id and ems password