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IRS expands list of forms and returns available for digital signature (COVID-19)

Forms and returns available for digital signature

The IRS today announced it has expanded the list of forms and returns for which the use of digital signatures will be allowed temporarily.

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Today’s IRS release—IR-2020-206 (September 10, 2020)—adds six more forms and returns that cannot be filed electronically but are allowed to be signed digitally in an effort to reduce in-person contact and lessen the risk to taxpayers and tax professionals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The newly added six returns are:

  • 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
  • Form 3520-A, Annual Information Return of Foreign Trust With a U.S. Owner

Previously, the IRS in August 2020 announced the following forms and returns (which cannot be e-filed and generally must be printed and mailed) can be submitted with digital signatures if filed on or before December 31, 2020:

  • 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 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 8453 series, Form 8878 series, and Form 8879 series regarding IRS e-file signature authorization forms

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