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April 21, 2021
2021-0825

IRS will accept e-signatures on specified forms until end of 2021

The IRS has further extended from June 30, 2021, until December 31, 2021, the date through which it will accept e-signatures on specified tax forms and returns.

On April 15, 2021, the IRS released an updated memo (see attached) allowing e-signatures to be used on specified non-return documents, including extensions of the statute of limitations on assessment or collection, waivers of statutory notices of deficiency and consents to assessment, closing agreements, and "any other statement or form needing the signature of a taxpayer or representative traditionally collected by IRS personnel outside of standard filing procedures." The memo does not prescribe any specific method for e-signing the specified forms. Taxpayers may therefore choose their preferred e-signature method. The memo revises similar memos issued in the past year (see Tax Alerts 2020-0841, 2020-2148, 2020-2206).

Also on April 15, 2021, the IRS issued a second memo (see attached) extending until December 31, 2021, the date on which it will accept e-signatures on certain forms and returns that cannot be filed electronically, and that are signed and postmarked on August 28, 2020, or later. The following forms may be filed with e-signatures until December 31, 2021 (asterisks denote forms that were not listed in previous memos):

  • Form 11-C, Occupational Tax and Registration Return for Wagering *
  • Form 637, Application for Registration (For Certain Excise Tax Activities) *
  • Form 706, U.S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return
  • Form 706-A, U.S. Additional Estate Tax Return *
  • Form 706-GS(D), Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Return for Distributions *
  • Form 706-GS(D-1), Notification of Distribution from a Generation-Skipping Trust *
  • Form 706-GS(T), Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Return for Terminations *
  • Form 706-QDT, U.S. Estate Tax Return for Qualified Domestic Trusts *
  • Form 706 Schedule R-1, Generation Skipping Transfer Tax *
  • Form 706-NA, U.S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return
  • Form 709, U.S. Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return
  • Form 730, Monthly Tax Return for Wagers *
  • Form 1066, U.S. Income Tax Return for Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit
  • Form 1120-C, U.S. Income Tax Return for Cooperative Associations
  • Form 1120-FSC, U.S. Income Tax Return of a Foreign Sales Corporation *
  • Form 1120-H, U.S. Income Tax Return for Homeowners Associations *
  • Form 1120-IC DISC, Interest Charge Domestic International Sales — Corporation Return *
  • Form 1120-L, U.S. Life Insurance Company Income Tax Return
  • Form 1120-ND, Return for Nuclear Decommissioning Funds and Certain Related Persons
  • Form 1120-PC, U.S. Property and Casualty Insurance Company Income Tax Return
  • Form 1120-REIT, U.S. Income Tax Return for Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Form 1120-RIC, U.S. Income Tax Return for Regulated Investment Companies
  • Form 1120-SF, U.S. Income Tax Return for Settlement Funds (Under Section 468B) *
  • Form 1127, Application for Extension of Time for Payment of Tax Due to Undue Hardship *
  • Form 1128, Application to Adopt, Change or Retain a Tax Year
  • Form 2678, Employer/Payer Appointment of Agent *
  • Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method
  • 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 4421, Declaration — Executor's Commissions and Attorney's Fees *
  • Form 4768, Application for Extension of Time to File a Return and/or Pay U.S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Taxes *
  • Form 8038, Information Return for Tax-Exempt Private Activity Bond Issues Form 8038-G, Information Return for Tax-Exempt Governmental Bonds
  • Form 8038-GC; Information Return for Small Tax-Exempt Governmental Bond Issues, Leases, and Installment Sales
  • Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions *
  • Form 8453 series, Form 8878 series, and Form 8879 series regarding IRS e-file Signature Authorization Forms
  • Form 8802, Application for U.S. Residency Certification
  • Form 8832, Entity Classification Election
  • Form 8971, Information Regarding Beneficiaries Acquiring Property from a Decedent *
  • Form 8973, Certified Professional Employer Organization/Customer Reporting Agreement *
  • Elections made under IRC Section 83(b) *

Implications

The second April 15, 2021 memo added a significant number of forms to the list of those on which e-signatures will be accepted through December 31, 2021. The willingness of the IRS to expand its e-signature guidance — both in terms of time and the number of forms covered — provides welcome relief to taxpayers who continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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   • Melissa Wiley (melissa.wiley@ey.com)

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