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e-file Signature Alternatives - Self-Select & Practitioner PINs

Self-Select PIN Method for e-file
This method allows taxpayers to electronically sign their e-filed return by selecting a five-digit PIN. The five-digit PIN can be any five numbers except all zeros and eliminates the requirement for Form 8453, U.S. Individual Income Tax Declaration for an IRS e-file Return, in most cases, making e-filing returns TRULY PAPERLESS for most taxpayers.

Practitioner PIN Method for e-file
The Practitioner PIN Method is an additional electronic signature option for taxpayers who use an Electronic Return Originator (ERO) to sign their return by entering a five-digit PIN.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 22-May-2014