TaxSlayer's ProWeb allows users to use a signature pad to capture the signatures of the preparer as well as the taxpayer(s) electronically. This feature will apply the taxpayer and preparer signatures to all supported forms. The option to use the signature pad will vary with each state and with each bank.
Topaz Systems Inc. and Scriptel signature pads are supported in the TaxSlayer ProWeb Program. The pads are connected to the computer through a USB port. A basic signature pad will cost around $100. We have tested two signature pads for compatibility:
There are other models available, but they have not been tested for compatibility and are not guaranteed to work with the program.
In order to use the Topaz signature pad within your ProWeb tax office, you will need to set it up in your configuration. To do this, from the Main Menu of the TaxSlayer Program select:
- Office Setup
- Office Configuration - You will need to check the box in this section that says Use Topaz Signature Pad
The Scriptel signature pad does not need to be setup in configuration. Simply download the Scriptel Sign and Save and the Scriptel toolbox and you're ready to go!
After getting your signature pad setup, you will be able to use it for both the preparer's signature and the taxpayer's signature in place of the mouse.
For the preparers, their signatures can be captured on the Preparer Setup Menu. To get there, from the Main Menu of the Tax Program select:
- Preparer Setup
- At the bottom of the Preparer Setup, you will be able to set up the preparer's signature
For the taxpayers, they will be able to sign with the signature pad on the Submission Page of the return.
With ProWeb, you and your taxpayers only need to sign once and the signature will be carried to each form the requires the signature. The taxpayer(s) signatures can be printed on the following forms:
- Form 8878
- Form 8879
- IRC 7216 Consent Form
- Bank Application (Santa Barbara Tax Products Group, River City, Republic Bank & Trust Company)
NOTE: If an electronic signature is not accepted on a particular form by either the state, the bank, or the IRS, there will not be an option to add an electronic signature on that form.