The IRS now allows the use of electronic signatures on Form 8879 (e-Filing Signature Authorization used by filers of an individual income tax return) and Form 8878 (e-File Signature Authorization used by filers of extension requests). These forms are used together with the Practitioner PIN method or when the taxpayer authorizes an electronic return originator.
As with before, the taxpayer can still physically sign the authorization form, but now he or she also has the option of providing an electronic signature instead.
This new option should help reduce your office expenses as well as the time and effort required to obtain a physical signature. It’s great news for those who do e-filing.
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