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Signing the Return

Question: How do I sign my tax return when I e-file?


You can sign your tax return electronically by using a Self-Select PIN, an Electronic Filing PIN, or a Practitioner PIN.

Self-Select PIN - Using the Self-Select PIN method, allows you to electronically sign your individual income tax return by selecting a five-digit personal identification number (PIN). The PIN can be any five numbers (except all zeros) that you choose to enter as your electronic signature PIN.

If you are filing a joint return, each spouse uses his or her own PIN. As part of the authentication process, each taxpayer also enters his or her date of birth and either his or her:

If you need to know the eligibility requirements or you cannot locate your prior year AGI or prior year PIN, see Self-Select PIN Method for Forms 1040 and 4868 Modernized e-File (MeF).

Electronic Filing PIN - The Electronic Filing PIN (EFP) is a temporary number issued by the IRS Web application. If you need an EFP, access the Get Your Electronic Filing PIN application or call 866-704-7388. You will have to follow the provided instructions in order to receive your PIN. As a reminder, this number changes every year.

Practitioner PIN - The Practitioner PIN is a method that does not require a prior AGI amount or prior year PIN. When using this method, you must always appropriately sign a completed signature authorization form such as the Form 8879, IRS e-file Signature Authorization. Under this method, you may either enter your own PIN into the return or authorize your Electronic Return Originator to select and enter your PIN. If you use the Practitioner PIN method and enter your own PIN in the electronic return record after reviewing the completed return, you must still appropriately sign the signature authorization form.

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Category: IRS Procedures
Subcategory: Signing the Return

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