IRS E-Signature Policy Update

The IRS extended previous restrictions on e-signing certain e-file forms due to Covid-19. An updated list of documents approved for e-signing can be found on their website:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-approves-temporary-use-of-e-signatures-for-certain-forms

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/dcse-wet-signature-compliance-morandum.pdf

The following forms can be submitted with digital signatures if mailed by or on December 31, 2021:

Forms Recognized by SafeSend Returns:

  • Form 8879 series 
    • Form 8879 (Form 1040)
    • Form 8879-C (Form 1120)
    • Form 8879-F (Form 1041)
    • Form 8879-PE (Form 1065)
    • Form 8879-S (Form 1120-S)
  • Form 8453 series
  • Form 8878 series

Forms Not Recognized by SafeSend Returns (These forms can be sent using the Signatures feature):

  • Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method;
  • Form 8832, Entity Classification Election;
  • Form 8802, Application for U.S. Residency Certification

The IRS will closely monitor this temporary option for e-signatures and determine if additional steps are needed.

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