You don’t need a pen to sign a tax return

You don’t need a pen to sign a tax return

Tax agents won’t lodge your tax return without it being signed. By signing the tax return, taxpayers authorise the tax return to be lodged. Traditionally, signing is done with a pen. But times have changed, and thank goodness for that, for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, you may need your tax return lodged quickly. But you are at work and cannot get to our office during business hours. How can you sign your tax return? A couple of options our clients have used in the past are (1) have their tax return faxed to them, signed, and faxed back, or (2) the return may be attached to an email, printed off and scanned, and emailed back as an attachment. Both methods still require the tax return to be printed off and signed with a pen. Your confidentiality could be at risk if this is done at work.

Secondly, our clients live worldwide. How can a client sign their return when they are not in Latrobe Valley? Obviously the methods in the paragraph above are available. Perhaps more commonly, though, is the use of “snail mail.” We do not have to convince anyone how slow the postal system is, and on occasion, mail does go missing. Surely there has to be a better way.

Electronic signing of your tax return

There is a better way. Electronic signing! No printing, no pen. All you need is a web browser and the internet. Here’s how it works.

  • We create your documents for signing and upload to Docsketch.
  • You receive an email with a link to all documents requiring signing.
  • Follow the prompts to create your signature.
  • Choose to sign in all places requiring signature, or read through the document and sign them one at a time.
  • We will receive an alert once you have signed and saved your document.
  • You will receive a copy of the finalized documents to download for your records.
What are the benefits?

Our clients have expressed how easy it is to sign electronically. And it’s quick and secure. With electronic signing it means there are no geographic boundaries preventing our clients signing tax returns and other documents.

If for no other reason than pure convenience, try our electronic signing service. It will save you time and you don’t need a pen! 

Book now to arrange for completion of your tax return! 

Check out our post for useful information on what you need to provide your accountant for this tax season.