Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Form 8453(IRS e-file Signature Authorization) vs. 8879(US Individual Income Tax Transmittal for IRS e-file Return)

Form 8453 is utilized to send information, or supporting documents, that are identified by the "check boxes" on Page 1 of the form. NOTE: W-2, W-2G, and 1099-R forms are not attached to the 8453. It is mailed to the IRS within 3 business days after receiving acknowledgment that IRS has accepted your e-filed return.

While Form 8879 specifically informs the "ERO" not to send Form 8879 to the IRS unless requested to do so. It is a signature authorization for an e-filed return and used when taxpayer authorizes the ERO to enter or generate the taxpayer's PIN on his/her e-filed returns.


Retention period for both forms is different. 8453 needs to be retained till Dec 31 of following the tax year. Whereas, completed 8879s need to be retained for a period of 3 years from the later of due date of the return or date the IRS received the return.

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