To protect the health of taxpayers and tax professionals, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is temporarily allowing the use of digital signatures on some tax forms that can’t be filed electronically.

In a “COVID Tax Tip” issued by the IRS, this will reduce in-person contact and lessen the risk to taxpayers and tax professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It will also allow people to work remotely and file forms on time,” says the IRS.

Here is a list of forms that can be submitted with digital signatures, if they’re mailed by Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020.:

  • Form 3115Application for Change in Accounting Method
  • Form 8832Entity Classification Election
  • Form 8802Application for U.S. Residency Certification
  • Form 1066U.S. Income Tax Return for Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit
  • Form 1120-RIC, U.S. Income Tax Return for Regulated Investment Companies
  • Form 1120-CU.S. Income Tax Return for Cooperative Associations
  • Form 1120-REIT, U.S. Income Tax Return for Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Form 1120-LU.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

There are no specific digital signature product tax professionals are required to use to e-file these forms, according to the IRS.

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