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.
2017 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)
This dollar amount is found on your 2017 Form 1040 (Line 37), or Form 1040A (Line 21). 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 2017 Personal Identification Number (PIN) field blank if you:
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:
2017 Personal Identification Number (PIN)
This is the five-digit number you created when you filed your 2017 return.
Electronic Signature Requirements
To verify your information and sign the return, enter the following required information on the next screen:
Once you have completed the electronic signature, you may continue through the e-filing steps.