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Rev. date: 08/2009


Self-Select Pin Signature Method for Online Registration

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If you e-file using on-line filing software, you must sign the tax return using the self-select PIN (personal identification number) signature method. The self-select PIN signature method allows taxpayers to electronically sign their individual income tax return by selecting a five-digit PIN.
The PIN is any five numbers (except all zeros) that you choose to enter as your electronic signature. Each taxpayer filing a joint return needs a PIN and each may choose any five numbers. As part of the authentication process, each taxpayer enters their date of birth and either their adjusted gross income (AGI) as shown on their original return for the prior year or their prior year PIN.
You may e-file your tax return even if you are required to submit certain paper forms or supporting documents. Use Form 8453, U. S. Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, to transmit required paper forms or supporting paper documents.
Primary taxpayers under the age of 16 who have never filed and secondary taxpayers under the age of 16 who did not file for 2008 are ineligible to sign individual income tax returns with an electronic signature using the self-select PIN.
If you are unable to access your Tax Year 2008 return information, call the IRS toll-free help line at 800–829–1040 (Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., local time) for assistance. After the assistor verifies your identity, ask for the original AGI and PIN from your 2008 individual tax return. If the assistor is unable to verify your identity, you may request a free transcript be mailed to the address of record. Be sure to keep your mailing address updated by filing Form 8822, Change of Address. Please allow 7–10 days to receive the transcript.
The IRS advises taxpayers to keep a copy of the signed tax return for their records to assist with signing the next year's e-file return.
See, Self-Select PIN Signature Method Questions and Answers, for additional information.
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