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Form 8879-EMP (10-2013)
Future Developments
• Return the completed Form 8879-EMP to the ERO by hand
delivery, U.S. mail, private delivery service, or fax.
For the latest information about developments related to Form
Note. The return will not be transmitted to the IRS until the ERO
8879-EMP and its instructions, such as legislation enacted after
receives the signed Form 8879-EMP.
they were published, go to
Important Notes for EROs
Purpose of Form
• Do not send Form 8879-EMP to the IRS unless requested to
Use Form 8879-EMP if you and the electronic return originator
do so. Retain the completed Form 8879-EMP for 4 years from
(ERO) want to use a personal identification number (PIN) to
the return due date or IRS received date, whichever is later.
electronically sign an electronic employment tax return.
• Enter the taxpayer’s PIN on the input screen only if the
If applicable, Form 8879-EMP is also used to authorize an
taxpayer has authorized you to do so.
electronic funds withdrawal. If you do not use Form 8879-EMP
to sign the return, you must use Form 8453-EMP, Employment
• Provide the taxpayer with a copy of the signed Form 8879-
Tax Declaration for an IRS e-file Return. For more information,
EMP upon request.
see the Form 8453-EMP instructions.
• Provide the taxpayer with a corrected copy of Form 8879-EMP
Do not send this form to the IRS. The ERO must retain
if changes are made to the return (for example, based on the
Form 8879-EMP.
taxpayer’s review).
• See Pub. 4163, Modernized e-File (MeF) Information for
ERO Responsibilities
Authorized IRS e-file Providers for Business Returns.
The ERO will:
• Enter the name and employer identification number as shown
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice. We ask for the information
on Form 940, 940-PR, 941, 941-PR, 941-SS, 943, 943-PR, 944,
on Form 8879-EMP to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the
or 945.
United States. You are required to give us the information. We
need it to ensure that you are complying with these laws and to
• Complete Part I by checking the box for the type of return
allow us to figure and collect the right amount of tax.
being filed and entering the amounts from the return being filed.
Zeros should only be entered if the return contains zeros.
You are not required to provide the information requested on
Otherwise, if the line on the return is blank, leave the
a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless
corresponding line in Part I blank.
the form displays a valid OMB control number. Books or
records relating to a form or its instructions must be retained as
• Enter on the authorization line in Part II the ERO firm name
long as their contents may become material in the
(not the name of the individual preparing the return) if the ERO
administration of any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax
is authorized to enter the taxpayer’s PIN.
returns and return information are confidential, as required by
• Give the taxpayer Form 8879-EMP for completion and review.
Internal Revenue Code section 6103.
This can be done by hand delivery, U.S. mail, private delivery
The time needed to complete this form will vary depending
service, email, or Internet website.
on individual circumstances. The estimated average time is:
• Complete Part III, including a signature and date.
. 2 hr., 37 min.
Form 8879-EMP must be completed and signed
Learning about the law
before the electronic return is transmitted (or
or the form .
. 6 min.
released for transmission).
Preparing the form
. 9 min.
Taxpayer’s Responsibilities
If you have comments concerning the accuracy of these time
estimates or suggestions for making Form 8879-EMP simpler,
The taxpayer filing Form 940, 940-PR, 941, 941-PR, 941-SS,
we would be happy to hear from you. You can send us
943, 943-PR, 944, or 945 has the following responsibilities.
comments from Click on More
Information and then click on Comment on Tax Forms and
• Verify the type of return being filed in Part I.
Publications. Or you can send your comments to Internal
• Verify the accuracy of the return.
Revenue Service, Tax Forms and Publications Division, 1111
• Check the appropriate box in Part II to either authorize the
Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6526, Washington, DC 20224. Do not
ERO to enter your PIN or to choose to enter it in person.
send Form 8879-EMP to this address. Instead, keep it for your
• Indicate or verify the PIN when authorizing the ERO to enter it
(the PIN must be five numbers other than all zeros).
• Sign, date, and print your name and title in Part II.


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