Extension of E-Signature Option for Paper Returns and Other Documents Public Service Bulletin

December 23, 2020

Purpose of bulletin

To inform staff and the public that the temporary e-Signature option for taxpayers or their representatives to submit signed paper returns and other documents has been extended from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021.


For paper returns and other documents that normally must be signed with an original signature, FTB will not require an original signature through June 30, 2021, except for Power of Attorneys (POAs).

We will accept two signature alternative methods for paper returns:

  • Method 1: An attached document that must be included with the filed return that provides a copy of the original signature. The attached document should:
    • Identify what the document signature is for (Example: Corp XX, 2019 Form 100)
    • State “Refer to the attachment for a copy of the original signature” on the signature line
  • Method 2: A paper return with a faxed signature on the signature page.

For all other documents, except POAs, filed with us that normally require an original signature, we will accept documents with photographed or digital copies of required signatures.

You can also upload a document with a signature into MyFTB. Please note that only PDF and Excel documents are currently accepted.

Additional information

These temporary procedures that are available through June 30, 2021, do not apply to filing a POA. Follow the procedure on FTB’s Submit a power of attorney webpage if you need to submit a POA.