IRS Begins Accepting Digital Signatures

On Marh 11, the IRS updated Publication 1345, Handbook for Authorized IRS e-File Providers of Individual Income Tax Returns.  Prior to this update, the IRS required a 'pen and ink on paper' signature to be considered valid, though it allowed the form to be return to the tax preparer via scan or fax.  Now acceptable methods fall into the following categories: A handwritten signature input on an electronic signature pad A handwritten signature, mark or command input on a display screen by means of a stylus device a digitized image of a handwritten signature that is attached to an electronic [...]