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Signing the Return

Question: How do I sign my tax return when I e-file using online filing software?


You sign your tax return using the Self-Select PIN method, which 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).

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Category: IRS Procedures
Subcategory: Signing the Return

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