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Signing Your Electronic Tax Return

All electronically filed tax returns must now be signed using a Personal Identification Number (PIN). A PIN is any five digits you choose (except all zeros) to use as your electronic signature.

Benefits of e-file with an Electronic Signature:

  • It's simple!
  • Create your own PIN using any 5 digits (other than all zeros).
  • No registration required.
  • No calls to the IRS to get a PIN.
  • No paper signature document to mail in.
  • Proof of Acceptance!
  • Use it as your electronic signature.
  • Your tax software will guide you through the process.
  • Your tax professional can tell you about it.

There are two methods of signing individual income tax returns with an electronic signature available for taxpayers. Both the Self-Select PIN Method and the Practitioner PIN Method allow taxpayers to use a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to sign the return.

Self Select PIN Method

Practitioner PIN Method

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 03-Mar-2014