2017 US Code
Title 26 - Internal Revenue Code
Subtitle F - Procedure and Administration
Chapter 61 - Information and Returns
Subchapter A - Returns and Records
Part IV - Signing and Verifying of Returns and Other Documents
Sec. 6061 - Signing of returns and other documents

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Citation 26 U.S.C. § 6061 (2017)
Section Name §6061. Signing of returns and other documents
Section Text (a) General rule

Except as otherwise provided by subsection (b) and sections 6062 and 6063, any return, statement, or other document required to be made under any provision of the internal revenue laws or regulations shall be signed in accordance with forms or regulations prescribed by the Secretary.

(b) Electronic signatures (1) In general

The Secretary shall develop procedures for the acceptance of signatures in digital or other electronic form. Until such time as such procedures are in place, the Secretary may—

(A) waive the requirement of a signature for; or

(B) provide for alternative methods of signing or subscribing,


a particular type or class of return, declaration, statement, or other document required or permitted to be made or written under internal revenue laws and regulations.

(2) Treatment of alternative methods

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any return, declaration, statement, or other document filed and verified, signed, or subscribed under any method adopted under paragraph (1)(B) shall be treated for all purposes (both civil and criminal, including penalties for perjury) in the same manner as though signed or subscribed.

(3) Published guidance

The Secretary shall publish guidance as appropriate to define and implement any waiver of the signature requirements or any method adopted under paragraph (1).

Source Credit

(Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 748; Pub. L. 94–455, title XIX, §1906(b)(13)(A), Oct. 4, 1976, 90 Stat. 1834; Pub. L. 105–206, title II, §2003(a), July 22, 1998, 112 Stat. 724.)

Editorial Notes AMENDMENTS

1998—Pub. L. 105–206 designated existing provisions as subsec. (a), inserted subsec. heading, substituted "Except as otherwise provided by subsection (b) and" for "Except as otherwise provided by", and added subsec. (b).

1976—Pub. L. 94–455 struck out "or his delegate" after "Secretary".

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1998 AMENDMENT

Pub. L. 105–206, title II, §2003(f), July 22, 1998, 112 Stat. 725, provided that: "The amendments made by this section [amending this section and section 7502 of this title] shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act [July 22, 1998]."

Publication Title United States Code, 2012 Edition, Supplement 5, Title 26 - INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 26 - INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
Subtitle F - Procedure and Administration
CHAPTER 61 - INFORMATION AND RETURNS
Subchapter A - Returns and Records
PART IV - SIGNING AND VERIFYING OF RETURNS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
Sec. 6061 - Signing of returns and other documents
Contains section 6061
Date 2017
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 12, 2018
Positive Law No
Disposition standard
Statutes at Large References 90 Stat. 1834
112 Stat. 724, 725
Public Law References Public Law 94-455, Public Law 105-206
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