This form is used to authorize and confirm the electronic filing of your federal income tax return. When you file your tax return electronically, the IRS requires your consent and authentication to ensure the accuracy and validity of your submission.
Here are some important things to remember:
- Electronic filing: Form 8879 is specifically used for electronically filed tax returns. If you choose to e-file your tax return, you’ll need to sign and submit Form 8879 to authorize the electronic transmission of your return to the IRS. This will be one of the very last things you do when filing with us. We take the stress out of having you fill out the entire form — you’ll just e-sign within the filing flow, and weʻll include your Form 8879 form along with your return when itʻs submitted to the IRS.
- Reviewing your return: Before signing Form 8879, it's crucial to carefully review your tax return to ensure that all the information is accurate and complete. Confirm that your personal details, income, deductions, and credits are correctly reported.
- Retaining records: After signing Form 8879 and submitting it to your tax preparer or e-filing service, it is important to keep a copy of the form and all supporting documentation for your records. This includes copies of your tax return and any relevant documents used to prepare your return.