Ask Congress to Support the Electronic Signature Standards Act
There is an current effort to have Congress pass the Electronic Signature Standards Act (H.R. 3153 and S. 1074). This bill would require the Secretary of the Treasury to publish guidance on establishing procedures for electronic signatures for disclosure authorizations (Form 8821) and powers of attorney (Form 2848).
Electronic signatures provide a convenient option for small businesses and individual taxpayers in complying with the requirements of the tax system. More filing options for taxpayers means less burden for taxpayers and practitioners. Additionally, identity verification requirements implemented through private electronic signature solutions provide a level of security that is not present when using ink signatures. This legislation would save time for enrolled agents and their clients. The first step toward a reformed, more efficient online authorization is through the implementation of electronic signatures.
Please contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the Electronic Signature Standards Act in their respective chamber: S. 1074 in the Senate (sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO)) and H.R. 3153 in the House (sponsored by Congressmen Tom Rice (R-SC) and Ron Kind (D-WI)).