Form 8879-F
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
IRS e-file Signature Authorization for Form 1041
For calendar year 2018, or fiscal year beginning , 2018, ending , 20 .
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OMB No. 1545-0967
Name of estate or trust Employer identification number
Name and title of fiduciary
Part I Tax Return Information (Whole Dollars Only)
1 Total income (Form 1041, line 9) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2 Income distribution deduction (Form 1041, line 18) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
3 Taxable income (Form 1041, line 22) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Total tax (Form 1041, line 23) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5 Tax due or overpayment (Form 1041, line 28 or 29) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Part II
Declaration and Signature Authorization of Fiduciary (Be sure to get a copy of the estate’s or
trust’s return)
Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I am a fiduciary of the above estate or trust and that I have examined a copy of the estate’s or trust’s
2018 electronic income tax return and accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is true,
correct, and complete. I further declare that the amounts in Part I above are the amounts shown on the copy of the estate’s or trust’s
electronic income tax return. I consent to allow my electronic return originator (ERO), transmitter, or intermediate service provider to send the
estate’s or trust’s return to the IRS and to receive from the IRS (a) an acknowledgment of receipt or reason for rejection of the transmission,
(b) the reason for any delay in processing the return or refund, and (c) the date of any refund. If applicable, I authorize the U.S. Treasury and
its designated Financial Agent to initiate an electronic funds withdrawal (direct debit) entry to the financial institution account indicated in the
tax preparation software for payment of the estate’s or trust’s federal taxes owed on this return, and the financial institution to debit the entry
to this account. To revoke a payment, I must contact the U.S. Treasury Financial Agent at 1-888-353-4537 no later than 2 business days prior
to the payment (settlement) date. I also authorize the financial institutions involved in the processing of the electronic payment of taxes to
receive confidential information necessary to answer inquiries and resolve issues related to the payment. I have selected a personal
identification number (PIN) as my signature for the estate’s or trust’s electronic income tax return and, if applicable, the estate’s or trust’s
consent to electronic funds withdrawal.
Fiduciary’s PIN: check one box only
I authorize
ERO firm name
to enter my PIN
Don’t enter all zeros
as my signature
on the estate’s or trust’s 2018 electronically filed income tax return.
As a fiduciary or officer representing the fiduciary of the estate or trust, I will enter my PIN as my signature on the
estate’s or trust’s 2018 electronically filed income tax return.
Signature of
fiduciary or officer
the fiduciary
Part III Certification and Authentication
ERO’s EFIN/PIN. Enter your six-digit EFIN followed by your five-digit self-selected PIN.
Don’t enter all zeros
I certify that the above numeric entry is my PIN, which is my signature on the 2018 electronically filed income tax return for the estate
or trust indicated above. I confirm that I am submitting this return in accordance with the requirements of Pub. 3112, IRS e-file
Application and Participation; and Pub. 4164, Modernized e-file (MeF) Guide for Software Developers and Transmitters, Processing
Year 2019.
ERO’s signature
ERO Must Retain This Form — See Instructions
Don’t Submit This Form to the IRS Unless Requested To Do So
For Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see instructions.
Cat. No. 48553E
Form 8879-F (2018)
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Future Developments
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developments related to Form 8879-F
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Purpose of Form
A fiduciary and an ERO use Form 8879-F
when the fiduciary wants to use a
personal identification number (PIN) to
electronically sign an estate’s or trust’s
electronic income tax return and, if
applicable, consent to electronic funds
withdrawal. A fiduciary who doesn’t use
Form 8879-F must use Form 8453-FE,
U.S. Estate or Trust Declaration for an
IRS e-file Return. For more information,
see the instructions for Form 8453-FE.
Don’t send this form to the IRS. The
ERO must retain Form 8879-F.
Form 8879-F can only be
associated with a single Form
ERO Responsibilities
The ERO will:
• Enter the name and employer
identification number of the estate or
trust at the top of the form;
• Complete Part I using the amounts
(zero may be entered when appropriate)
from the estate’s or trust’s 2018 income
tax 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 fiduciary Form 8879-F for
completion and review (acceptable
delivery methods include hand delivery,
U.S. mail, private delivery service, email,
Internet website, and fax); and
• Complete Part III, including a signature
and date.
You must receive the
completed and signed Form
8879-F from the fiduciary
before the electronic return
is transmitted (or released for
Fiduciary Responsibilities
The fiduciary will:
• Verify the accuracy of the estate’s or
trust’s prepared income tax return;
• Check the appropriate box in Part II to
either authorize the ERO to enter the
fiduciary’s PIN or choose to enter it in
• Indicate or verify his or her PIN when
authorizing the ERO to enter it (the PIN
must be five numbers other than all
• Sign and date Part II; and
• Return the completed Form 8879-F to
the ERO. The acceptable delivery
methods include hand delivery, U.S.
mail, private delivery service, email,
Internet website, and fax.
The estate’s or trust’s return will not
be transmitted to the IRS until the ERO
receives the fiduciary’s signed Form
Fiduciaries can sign the form using a
scanned signature.
Important Notes for EROs
• Don’t send Form 8879-F to the IRS
unless requested to do so. Retain the
completed Form 8879-F for 3 years from
the return due date or IRS received date,
whichever is later. Form 8879-F 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 fiduciary’s PIN on the input
screen only if the fiduciary has
authorized you to do so.
• Provide the fiduciary with a copy of the
signed Form 8879-F upon request.
• Provide the fiduciary with a corrected
copy of the Form 8879-F if changes are
made to the return (for example, based
on the fiduciary’s review).
• EROs can sign the form using a
scanned signature. For more
information, go to
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice. We
ask for the information on this form to
carry out the Internal Revenue laws of
the United States. You are required to
give us the information. We need it to
ensure that you are complying with these
laws and to allow us to figure and collect
the right amount of tax.
You are not required to provide the
information requested on a form that is
subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act
unless the form displays a valid OMB
control number. Books or records
relating to a form or its instructions must
be retained as long as their contents
may become material in the
administration of any Internal Revenue
law. Generally, tax returns and return
information are confidential, as required
by Internal Revenue Code section 6103.
The time needed to complete this form
will vary depending on individual
circumstances. The estimated average
time is:
Recordkeeping . . . . 1 hr., 12 min.
Preparing the form. . . . . 1 min.
If you have comments concerning the
accuracy of these time estimates or
suggestions for making Form 8879-F
simpler, we would be happy to hear from
you. You can send us comments from Or you
can send your comments to the Internal
Revenue Service, Tax Forms and
Publications Division, 1111 Constitution
Ave. NW, IR-6526, Washington, DC
20224. Don’t send the form to this
address. Instead, keep it for your
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