IRS Expands Number of Forms Which Can Be Signed Digitally

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Sep 10, 2020
The IRS announced that 16 more forms can now be signed digitally, reflecting an overall turn in the service toward more e-signatures in the wake of the pandemic. The IRS said that the change will help to reduce in-person contact and lessen the risk to taxpayers and tax professionals, allowing both groups to work remotely to timely file forms.

The following firms can now be filed digitally:

  • * 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 3520, Annual Return To Report Transactions With Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts; and
  • * Form 3520-A, Annual Information Return of Foreign Trust With a U.S. Owner.

The IRS said that these forms generally are printed and mailed, and cannot be e-filed. But now they can still have e-signatures if they are mailed in before the end of the year.

"The IRS understands the importance of digital signatures to the tax community," said the IRS. "The agency will continue to review its processes to determine where long-term actions can help reduce burden for the tax community, while at the same appropriately balancing that with critical security and protection against identity theft and fraud."

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