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This form will not accept my signature . Why not? I'm ready to sign & file.

How do I sign the IRS 1040 form before I send e file. The signature line will not accept my signature. Should I E file my return without the signature in place? Please advise
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Level 15

This form will not accept my signature . Why not? I'm ready to sign & file.

What do you mean the signature line will not accept your signature?  What are you trying to do?  When you e-file your signature is electronic -- you "sign" by entering your 2018 AGI.  There is no physical signature on the "sign here" line.  Someday if you need a "signed" copy for a lender, etc., you will print the return, use a pen and sign it there.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
New Member

This form will not accept my signature . Why not? I'm ready to sign & file.

I could not put a signature on my papers so still no refunds.   Always problems with TurboTax  no phone number to contact n over charged again 

Level 15

This form will not accept my signature . Why not? I'm ready to sign & file.


@Kwoolston wrote:

I could not put a signature on my papers so still no refunds.   Always problems with TurboTax  no phone number to contact n over charged again 


That makes no sense.  "I could not put a signature on my papers..."     If you printed and mailed then you sign with pen and ink on the signature line.  If e-filed then there is no actual signature.

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
Level 15

This form will not accept my signature . Why not? I'm ready to sign & file.


@Kwoolston wrote:

I could not put a signature on my papers so still no refunds.   Always problems with TurboTax  no phone number to contact n over charged again 


The only time an actual signature is required on a tax return is if the tax return is mailed to the IRS.  If you e-file the 2019 federal tax return your electronic signature is the 2018 AGI used by the IRS for identity verification of your federal tax return.  Nothing would be entered in the signature block of the Form 1040 if the return is e-filed.  That has been true ever since electronic filing of a tax return began many years ago.

 

Did you e-file your tax return and was it accepted?
Only the IRS and your State control when and if a Federal or State tax refund is Approved and Issued.

 

You complete your tax return by finishing all 3 Steps in the File section. In Step 3, to e-file your tax return, you must click on the large Orange button labeled "Transmit my returns now".

 

After completing the File section and e-filing your tax return you will receive two emails from TurboTax. The first email when your tax return was transmitted and the second email when the tax return has either been accepted or rejected.

 

Note - Once a tax return has been Accepted by the IRS or a State, TurboTax receives no further information concerning the tax return or the status of any tax refund.  Only the taxpayer listed on the tax return can obtain the status of a tax refund or a tax return.

 

To check the status of an e-filed return, open up your desktop product or log into your TurboTax Online Account. You can find your status within the TurboTax product.
If accepted by the IRS use the federal tax refund website to check the refund status - https://www.irs.gov/refunds
If accepted by the state use this TurboTax support FAQ to check the state tax refund status - https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1899433-how-do-i-track-my-state-refund

 

After the tax return has been Accepted by the IRS (meaning only that they received the return) it will be in the Processing mode until the tax refund has been Approved and then an Issue Date will be available on the IRS website.
See this IRS website for federal tax refund FAQ's - https://www.irs.gov/refunds/tax-season-refund-frequently-asked-questions
If over 21 days since being Accepted by the IRS and the tax refund is still Processing you can call the IRS and speak with an IRS agent concerning your tax refund.
Call the IRS: 1-800-829-1040 hours 7 AM - 7 PM local time Monday-Friday
When calling the IRS do NOT choose the first option re: "Refund", or it will send you to an automated phone line.
So after first choosing your language, then do NOT choose Option 1 (refund info). Choose option 2 for "personal income tax" instead.
Then press 1 for "form, tax history, or payment".
Then press 3 "for all other questions."
Then press 2 "for all other questions."
- When it asks you to enter your SSN or EIN to access your account information, don't enter anything.
- After it asks twice, you will get another menu.

Press 2 for personal or individual tax questions.
Then press 4 for all other inquiries
It should then transfer you to an agent.

 

 

Level 15

This form will not accept my signature . Why not? I'm ready to sign & file.

When you e-File, your return is presumed to be signed.

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