Which states require a signature form, and which accept the Federal 8879?
While some states use the Federal 8879 for E-File with individual returns, some states have their own E-File Authorization form. Below is a listing of each of the states that have their own signature form, as well as if the specific state uses the Federal 8879 in addition to signing the return itself. For further information and instruction, see the individual state instructions for each specific state. There are also setup options for some states available under the Setup > Options > States tab (i.e. enabling alternative electronic signatures, setting a preparer, selecting to print signature dates at the state level, etc.).
Note: The state instructions listed are for when the taxpayer is a resident of that state. You will need to navigate to each state DOR for further questions regarding nonresidents of these listed states.
*The NYTR579 will only print both the ERO and Paid Preparer if they are different. Per the instructions, "...an individual performing as both the paid preparer and the ERO is only required to sign as the paid preparer. It is not necessary to include the ERO signature in this case."