In a memo to all IRS employees, the IRS says it is implementing a temporary deviation from its regular procedures that will allow electronic or digital signatures on various forms that currently require handwritten signatures, i.e., that are not e-fileable. The decision was made due to taxpayer representatives' concerns about securing handwritten signatures during the coronavirus pandemic.
The memo notes that electronic and digital signatures may be created by many different technologies. No specific technology is required for this purpose during this temporary deviation.
The memo is effective for the forms listed below, that are signed and postmarked from January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
The forms are:
- Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method;
- Form 8832, Entity Classification Election;
- Form 8802, Application for U.S. Residency Certification;
- Form 1066, U.S. Income Tax Return for Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit;
- Form 706, U.S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return;
- Form 706-NA, U.S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return;
- Form 709, U.S. Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return;
- Form 1120-ND, Return for Nuclear Decommissioning Funds and Certain Related Persons;
- Form 1120-RIC, U.S. Income Tax Return for Regulated Investment Companies;
- Form 1120-C, U.S. Income Tax Return for Cooperative Associations;
- Form 1120-REIT, U.S. Income Tax Return for Real Estate Investment Trusts;
- Form 1120-L, U.S. Life Insurance Company Income Tax Return;
- Form 1120-PC, U.S. Property and Casualty Insurance Company Income Tax Return;
- Form 1128, Application to Adopt, Change or Retain a Tax Year;
- Form 3520, Annual Return To Report Transactions With Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts;
- Form 3520-A, Annual Information Return of Foreign Trust With a U.S. Owner;
- Form 8453 series, Form 8878 series, and Form 8879 series regarding IRS e-file Signature Authorization Forms; and
- Form 8038, Information Return for Tax-Exempt Private Activity Bond Issues; Form 8038-G, Information Return for Tax-Exempt Governmental Obligations; and Form 8038-GC, Information Return for Small Tax-Exempt Governmental Bond Issues, Leases, and Installment Sales.
This is effective for the forms listed above, that is in them postmarked from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.
The IRS previously allowed electronic or digital signatures for a smaller group of forms through December 31, 2020.
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