Do I need a DCN to submit Form 8453?

  • Yes [added] if used - (see below); - Required to match to e-filed return.
  • Where do i find my DCN number after i already filed my return??
  • Form 8879 (Electronic signature form). [addad] - When used. See below.
The DCN is not on all accepted returns:  Returns e-filed through the new IRS Modernized e-File (MeF) technology will not be issued a DCN, see the following

If your return is one that does not have the DCN you would leave it blank.  If you want to you could attach a copy of your Electronic Postmark (you don't have to), that would prove when you efiled & your return was accepted.  The electronic postmark sheet should print out with your paperwork (Print & File tab, File a Return), or see the following
  • The IRS Modernized e-Filing (MeF) system allows you to receive notification of Federal acceptance or rejection within a few minutes.
    When a return is transmitted through the MeF system, notifications of acceptance contain a Federal Submission ID instead of a Declaration Control Number (DCN). This can cause confusion for users who have to mail the federal Form 8453 to the IRS, as the 8453 asks you to provide the DCN for the return in the blank boxes at the top of the form.
    IRS Publication 4164 Modernized e-File (MeF) Guide for Software Developers and Transmitters, page 38:
    The Declaration Control Number (DCN) is not used by MeF; therefore these boxes can remain blank on Form 8453 and any other form that has a DCN (such as Forms 8878, 8879 or 9325). MeF uses a Submission ID instead of a DCN and does not require the Submission ID be reported on these forms.
    If you have to mail Form 8453 and have received a Federal Submission ID number instead of a Declaration Control Number, you may simply leave the DCN boxes blank. Complete the rest of Form 8453 and mail it to the IRS at the address provided in your filing instructions.
  • @ Eric, you can find the DCN number on your copies of your tax form on TT. Click save and open file and look at top by name and address.
  • So.....after your return has been accepted, come back to turbotax, go to Print/Save my Documents, once that opens, click on Save, a copy of your return should download and/or open, look just above your name and address.....your DCN number should be located there and you can send in your form 8453 with your other forms attached to: Internal Revenue Service, ATTN: Shipping and Receiving, 0254, Receipt and Control Branch, Austin, TX 73344-0254. Hope this helps!
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