With income tax returns due in less than a month, many of you are probably planning on working on your tax returns this weekend. While I realize that the majority of you (80% according to our recent poll) are planning on e-filing*, there are still a number of people out there who file paper returns.
If you’re amongst the paper filers, here’s a friendly reminder:
Don’t forget to sign you tax return!
According to IRS guidance, your return will not be considered valid unless you (and your spouse, if applicable) sign it. Note that this is true even if someone else prepares your return.
What if you forget to sign your return?
If you submitted your return without signing it, all is not lost. In all likelihood, the IRS will simply send you a letter requesting your signature. And once they receive your signature, they’ll go ahead and process your return. Thus, if you think (or know) that you submitted your return without signing it, you should probably just sit tight and wait to hear from the IRS.
*Note: If you are e-filing, you will have the option of signing your return electronically using a PIN code. If you choose not to do this, then you will have to complete and sign IRS Form 8453.