Dear NAEA Members:
We ask for your support of our advocacy effort to have Congress pass the Electronic Signature Standards Act (H.R. 3153 and S. 1074). This bill would require the Secretary of the Treasury to publish guidance on establishing procedures for electronic signatures for disclosure authorizations (Form 8821) and powers of attorney (Form 2848).
Electronic signatures provide a convenient option for small businesses and individual taxpayers in complying with the requirements of the tax system. More filing options for taxpayers means less burden for taxpayers and practitioners. Additionally, identity verification requirements implemented through private electronic signature solutions provide a level of security that is not present when using ink signatures. This legislation would save time for enrolled agents and their clients. The first step toward a reformed, more efficient online authorization is through the implementation of electronic signatures.
Please contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the Electronic Signature Standards Act in their respective chamber: S. 1074 in the Senate (sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO)) and H.R. 3153 in the House (sponsored by Congressmen Tom Rice (R-SC) and Ron Kind (D-WI)).
Simple steps to make your voice heard are available on the NAEA website. We have provided a sample template letter that you can modify to help you personalize your messages to your elected representatives in Congress. There is also a step-by-step guide you can use to help you submit your messages to your legislators.
Please refrain from mailing your letter to Congress. Due to congressional security procedures, mailing will delay its receipt for up to six weeks. We encourage you to contact your elected representatives online through contactingcongress.org.
Thank you in advance for participating in this grassroots advocacy effort. Your voice is crucial to moving this important issue forward. Please contact Justin Edwards, NAEA’s Associate Director of Government Relations, should you have any questions relating to this advocacy effort or any other government relations concerns you may have. NAEA will do everything we can to help you.
James R. Adelman, EA
National Association of Enrolled Agents