Form 8879-EO (2018)
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Purpose of Form
An organization officer and an electronic
return originator (ERO) use Form
8879-EO when the organization officer
wants to use a personal identification
number (PIN) to electronically sign an
organization’s electronic return and, if
applicable, authorize an electronic funds
withdrawal. In the case of Form 990-PF,
Form 1120-POL, and Form 8868 with
payment, Form 8879-EO is used to
authorize an electronic funds withdrawal.
An organization officer who does not use
Form 8879-EO must use Form 8453-EO,
Exempt Organization Declaration and
Signature for Electronic Filing. For more
information, see the instructions for
The ERO must retain Form 8879-EO.
Do not send this form to the IRS.
The ERO will:
• Enter the name and employer
identification number of the organization
at the top of the form;
• Complete Part I by checking the box
for the type of return being filed and
using the amount, if any, from the
organization’s 2018 return;
• Enter on the authorization line in Part II
the ERO firm name (not the name of the
individual preparing the return) if the
ERO is authorized to enter the officer’s
• Give the officer Form 8879-EO for
completion and review. The acceptable
delivery methods include hand delivery,
U.S. mail, private delivery service, email,
Internet website, and fax; and
• Complete Part III by entering the ERO’s
EFIN/PIN and include a signature and
Form 8879-EO must be
completed and signed before
submission of the electronic
The officer of an organization has the
• Verify the accuracy of the
organization’s prepared return.
• Verify the type of return being filed in
• Check the appropriate box in Part II to
either authorize the ERO to enter the
officer’s PIN or to choose to enter it in
• Indicate or verify his or her
self-selected PIN when authorizing the
ERO to enter it (the PIN must be five
numbers other than all zeros).
• Sign and date Form 8879-EO.
• Return the completed Form 8879-EO
to the ERO. The acceptable delivery
methods include hand delivery, U.S.
mail, private delivery service, email,
Internet website, and fax.
Important Notes for EROs
• Do not send Form 8879-EO to the IRS
unless requested to do so. Retain the
completed Form 8879-EO for 3 years
from the return due date or the date the
IRS received the return, whichever is
later. Form 8879-EO can be retained
electronically in accordance with the
recordkeeping guidelines in Rev. Proc.
97-22, which is on page 9 of Internal
Revenue Bulletin 1997-13 at
• Enter the organization officer’s PIN on
the input screen only if the organization
officer has authorized you to do so.
• Provide the officer with a copy of the
signed Form 8879-EO upon request.
• Provide the officer with a corrected
copy of the Form 8879-EO if changes
are made to the return (for example,
based on the officer’s review).
• See Pub. 4163, Modernized e-File
(MeF) Information for Authorized IRS
e-file Providers for Business Returns.
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