What is the IRS Form 8453?
The federal tax Form 8453 is the US Individual Income Tax
Declaration for an IRS e-file Return and it is the follow up form required by the IRS unless you elect to use an
electronic signature using a personal identification number (PIN).
Once your tax return has been electronically filed and accepted, the tax professional will file
form 8453 with the IRS.
Should I include W-2 forms with the form 8453?
Form W-2, W-2G, and 1099-R should not be attached to Form 8453.
However, the IRS e-file provider must retain paper copies of these forms until the end of the
calendar year in which the tax return was filed. Form 8453 must be mailed to the IRS within 3 business days
after the ERO receives acknowledgment from the IRS that the tax return was accepted.
Both spouses must sign the form 8453 if you are filing a joint return. The tax professional is
required to give you a preparer-signed copy of a joint return, including a copy of the completed Form 8453. Keep
these materials for your records.
(If you have a computer and tax preparation software, you can efile your tax return
electronically from your home. See page 10 of the IRS publication 17 for ore details of electronic filing.)
Uses of Form 8453
Form 8453 is used to:
Authenticate the electronic portion of your Form 1040.
Send any accompanying paper schedules or statements
Authorize the electronic return originator (ERO) to transmit via a third party transmitter
Provide your consent to deposit any tax refund or authorize an ACH debit (automatic withdrawal) to pay
any amount owed