The IRS is extending the use of certain technology provisions that proved beneficial during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will include accepting digital signatures indefinitely and allowing encrypted email when interacting with IRS personnel until October 31, 2025. These measures were set to expire on October 31st. Still, due to the positive feedback from tax professionals and taxpayers, the IRS is extending them as a part of their commitment to providing a fully digital environment while maintaining security against identity theft and fraud. To facilitate this, they announced the update of the Internal Revenue Manual (IRM), to accept alternatives to handwritten signatures for specific tax forms and digital signatures in compliance interactions.

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