Bloomberg Tax
March 30, 2020, 11:45 PM

IRS Loosens Email, E-Signature Policies in Response to Virus

Allyson Versprille
Allyson Versprille

The IRS is loosening its email and electronic signature polices to help the agency, as well as taxpayers and their advisers, complete tasks remotely during the new coronavirus pandemic.

The agency Monday said, effective immediately, it will begin temporarily accepting scanned or photographed images of signatures and digital signatures on certain documents related to tax assessment and collection. The agency is also allowing employees to accept documents via email and to transmit them to taxpayers using SecureZip or other secure messaging platforms.

  • The temporary changes will allow the IRS to continue executing “mission-critical duties” during the virus outbreak, the ...

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