Signing an e-File Return
To be eligible to use a Self-Select PIN, taxpayers must have a copy of their previous year's tax return so the volunteer can enter their adjusted gross income (AGI) for the previous tax year into the software. Taxpayers may elect to use their prior year PIN for authentication in lieu of their prior year AGI.
If you are electronically filing a return and attachments other than Form W-2, Form W-2G, or Form 1099-R are required, use Form 8453, U.S. Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file return, to transmit the supporting paper documents to the IRS. Examples of supporting paper documents that could be required are:
For Married Filing Jointly taxpayers, both spouses must be present if they choose the Self-Select PIN method.
The Self-Select PIN method requires that taxpayers bring in their previous year's return.