Notice of Intended Action

Electronic filing of income tax returns—electronic signatures, 8.5(2)“b”

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to electronic signatures

and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Revenue Department hereby proposes to amend Chapter 8, "Forms and Communications," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 421.14 and 422.68.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 422.21.

Purpose and Summary

Paragraph 8.5(2)"b" currently lists a requirement for electronic return originators to use a process for electronic signatures that is much more stringent than the current practice of the Department. The proposed amendment changes the language of the rule to align with current practice.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to rule 701—7.28(17A).

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on February 28, 2023. Comments should be directed to:

Abigail Sills

Department of Revenue

Hoover State Office Building

P.O. Box 10457

Des Moines, Iowa 50306

Phone: 515.336.1140


Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making action is proposed:

Amend paragraph 8.5(2)"b" as follows:

b. Electronic signature via remote transaction. Before a taxpayer electronically signs a Declaration for e-File Return form in which the ERO is not physically present with the taxpayer, the ERO must record the name, social security number, address and date of birth of the taxpayer. The ERO must verify that the name, social security number, address, date of birth and other personal information of the taxpayer on record are consistent with the information provided through record checks with the applicable agency or institution or through credit bureaus or similar databases. This process is not necessary for handwritten signatures on a Declaration for e-File Return form sent to the ERO by hand delivery, U.S. mail, private delivery service, fax, email or an Internet site. In lieu of in-person handwritten signatures, a paid preparer, at the discretion of the taxpayer, may collect taxpayers' electronic signatures remotely by a process using identity verification and audit trail in the manner that the IRS allows for Form 8879.

Revenue Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 2/28/2023.

Official Document

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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 701-8.5(2)"b"
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