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Signing your electronic tax return is more complicated than jotting your name on a signature line. When you e-file, the IRS requires an electronic signature consisting of two parts: identity verification and information verification.

Identity Verification

2015 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)

This dollar amount is found on your 2015 Form 1040 (Line 37), Form 1040A (Line 21), or Form 1040EZ (Line 4).  If you no longer have access to last year's return, you may use the IRS Get Transcript Online tool to immediately view your Prior Year AGI.  You must pass the IRS Secure Access identity verification process.  Select the Tax Return Transcript option and use only the "Adjusted Gross Income" line entry.

Enter "0" and leave the 2015 Personal Identification Number (PIN) field blank if you:

  • did not file a return for 2015,
  • did not file a 2015 return before December 2016, or
  • are a first time tax filer in 2016

Later, during the alerts process, you will receive a Red Alert and you will need to place a check-mark in the box indicating that your prior year AGI was in fact "0".

Keep in mind:

  • Record the original AGI amount, before any amendments were filed.
  • If you filed a joint return last year, provide the full AGI for both spouses this year.

2015 Personal Identification Number (PIN)

This is the five-digit number you created when you filed your 2015 return.

Information Verification

Electronic Signature Requirements

To verify your information and sign the return, enter the following required information on the next screen:

  • Your date of birth
  • Your 2016 PIN: This is any 5-digit number you create. It can be the same as last year's PIN, but it does not have to be.
  • Today's date.

Once you have completed the electronic signature, you may continue through the e-filing steps.

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