Before starting the e-filing process, please review the helpful tips provided below. They will instruct you in what is needed and how to go about filing your petition electronically in DAWSON (Docket Access Within and Secure Online Network), the Court’s electronic filing and case management system. For more detailed instructions, refer to the DAWSON user guides.
You may have received a notice in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In most cases, the Court must receive your electronically filed Petition no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the last date to file. Petitions received after this time may be untimely and your case may be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
There are two documents that must be completed and submitted when you create a case with the US Tax Court. These can be prepared in advance, before you start the process of creating a new case in DAWSON. The File a Case process in DAWSON must be completed in one sitting; you will not be able to save your work and come back to it.
Start a Case
Once you have created your account, you can file the petition electronically in DAWSON.
The Court's filing fee is $60 and may be paid online, by mail, or in person.
You will be able to log in to DAWSON at any time and view your case. In addition, you can file other documents, update your contact information, and view documents in your case that are filed by the Court or other parties. Refer to the DAWSON User Guides for more detailed instructions.
For all non-technical questions, contact the Office of the Clerk of the Court at (202) 521-0700.