The IRS announced this week that it’s taking more positive steps towards making a painful process – paying taxes – a little less so for everyone involved. In a March 12 alert, the IRS informed us that it is expanding its acceptance of electronic signatures on Forms 8878 and 8879, making it simpler than ever for tax preparers to serve clients quickly by minimizing printing and signing of documents. This follows on the IRS’s announcement last year that it would accept eSignatures on Form 4506-T, slowly but surely getting up to speed on standards established in the ESIGN Act of 2000.
Form 8879 is the declaration document and signature authorization for an e-filed return filed by an electronic return originator (ERO). The new guidance replaces guidance from 2007 which limited the ways in which the forms could be signed..
This is great news for DocuSign customers for two reasons. First, as the world’s biggest innovators in Document Transaction Management, we’re always happy to see massive paper-dependent organizations make strong moves towards a paperless future. Second, our customers will be delighted to know that DocuSign already far exceeds IRS requirements for eSigning Forms 8878 and 8879. EROs can start using DocuSign immediately to deliver better customer service, minimize the possibility of errors on their clients’ returns, and create a speedier work flow.
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