eSign – RDHB Tested. IRS Approved.

August 22, 2016

  In an effort to make electronic filing easier, new guidance has been issued that will expand the use of electronic signatures on two authorization forms for individual income tax returns, Forms 8878 and 8879. Electronic signatures are accepted on:

  • Form 8878, IRS e-file Signature Authorization used by filers of extension requests, that is, Form 4868 or Form 2350. The latter form is for taxpayers living outside the United States;
  • Form 8879, IRS e-file Signature Authorization used by filers of Form 1040, 1040A, Form 1040EZ or Form 1040-SS.

The e-signature guidance adds another signing option for taxpayers. For example, taxpayers can e-sign either Form 8878 or Form 8879 from their home computer. Taxpayers can also physically sign the authorization form in their electronic return originator’s office or physically sign and mail the form to their ERO. Benefits for Accounting Firms and Taxpayers Use of e-signatures is optional for accounting firms. The e-signature option helps reduce office expenses like paper, postage and physical storage space and time-consuming efforts spent obtaining a physically signed authorization form. The new guidance reduces burden on taxpayers who had to physically sign the authorization form either in their Firm’s office or mail it. Identity verification requirements support efforts to protect taxpayers from identity theft. RDHB’s eSign Service As an innovative firm, RDHB is leading the way with its eSign capabilities.  We have teamed up with RightSignature, a leader in eSign services, to bring our clients this service.  You may have wondered why we hound you for your email address or have sent mass emails asking you to update your contact information.  We use that information to offer you services like these and others that are not just cutting edge, but also becoming industry standard. For more information, please visit:https://www.irs.gov/uac/new-electronic-signature-guidance-for-the-irs-efile-signature-authorization

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