SafeSend Returns Frequently Asked Questions

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Beene Garter uses an electronic delivery system for tax returns called SafeSend Returns. SafeSend Returns allows our qualifying clients to review their tax return and sign their e-file authorization form(s) online. Then, SafeSend will automatically and securely send the form(s) back to Beene Garter.

The process is easy. Here’s how it works:

1. You’ll receive an email from or

2. Beene Garter will be indicated in the email.

3. This email will contain a safe link for you to access your tax return.

4. You’ll be prompted to enter the last four digits of your Social Security number in order to review your return.

5. SafeSend will email you an access code to further verify your identity. Check your spam or junk folders if you don’t see it in your inbox. You must enter the code within 10 minutes of receipt. If you don’t enter the code within 10 minutes, you can request another.

6. When you’re ready to sign your e-file authorization form(s), you’ll be asked three simple questions to verify your identity.

7. Once you’ve signed the e-file authorization form(s), your Beene Garter professional will be notified and will complete the rest of the e-filing process.

Check out SafeSend Returns’ Taxpayer Quick Reference Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to review your tax return and sign your e-file authorization form(s) via SafeSend Returns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the identity verification questions come from? What if I don’t remember the answer?
The questions SafeSend Returns ask are knowledge-based questions pulled from government and credit sources.

You may be asked things like where you lived in a given year, or when you bought your car or home. If you don’t remember the answers to the questions or answer incorrectly, you won’t be able to sign your e-file authorization form(s) electronically.

Instead, you can print, sign, and return your e-file authorization form(s) to Beene Garter.


Is it safe to enter my Social Security number?
Yes. SafeSend is a secure platform for viewing and signing your e-file authorization form(s).

Look for HTTPS:// at the beginning of the site URL and a locked padlock symbol in your browser’s URL bar to confirm you’re using a secure site.


Will this work on any internet-connected device? Does SafeSend Returns offer an app for my smartphone?
You can complete this process on any computer, smartphone, or tablet via a web browser.

Currently, there’s no SafeSend Returns app available. Maybe in the future!

Will I receive a notification when my return is ready for signing?
Yes! Email notifications regarding your return will come from or


How do I know if I qualify to review my return and electronically sign my e-file authorization form(s) via SafeSend Returns?
You can use SafeSend Returns if all portions of your tax return qualify for e-filing, you currently access your tax return through Beene Garter’s portal, and you’ve given us a valid email address.


How is this different from e-filing?
SafeSend Returns allows you to sign your e-file authorization form(s) electronically, but it won’t submit your return to the IRS.

Once signed, Beene Garter is automatically notified, and your tax professional will complete the filing process for you, including submission to the IRS.

My spouse and I file our return jointly – how can we both sign the e-file authorization form(s)?

  • If both spouses have an email address on file, each will receive an email with a link to view the return, answer identity verification questions, and sign the e-file authorization form(s).
  • If only one spouse has an email address on file, that spouse will first receive the link with identity verification questions specific to him/her.
    • He/she will sign the e-file authorization form(s) then enter an email address for the second spouse.
    • The second spouse will receive the email link with identity verification questions specific to him/her and sign the form(s).
  • If a couple shares an email address, you’ll receive an email with identity verification questions specific to one spouse.
    • After he/she answers the identity verification questions and signs the e-file authorization form(s), he/she can enter the shared email address again.
    • A new link will send to the shared email address with identity verification questions specific to the second spouse/signer. He/she will answer the identity verification questions, then sign the form(s).


Can I set up reminders for my quarterly estimated payments?
If estimated payments are included in your review copy, you’ll automatically receive an email reminder seven days before your payment is due.

If you choose to turn off email notifications, you won’t receive reminders for the remainder of the tax year.


Will I have the option to download and print my return for my records?


After signing my e-file authorization form(s), will I receive confirmation that it successfully sent to Beene Garter?
Yes. Once you sign your e-file authorization form(s), you’ll receive an email stating it was successful.

The email will also include a link to download a copy of your tax return for your records.


How do I track my return?
Within 24 hours of Beene Garter e-filing your return, you’ll be able to track the status of your return here.


I prefer to print and sign my e-file authorization form(s). Can I do that?
Yes. You can still print, sign, and mail your e-file form(s) to Beene Garter if you prefer to do so.


If I want to print and sign my e-file authorization form(s), do I need to print and send back the entire tax return?
No. You don’t need to print and mail your whole return.

We only need Form 8879, IRS e-file Signature Authorization, as well as any required state and city e-file authorization forms to complete the e-filing process.


When is the deadline to sign my e-file authorization form(s) via SafeSend Returns?
The deadline to sign your e-file authorization form(s) is April 14.

Will you return my source documents?
An electronic copy of your source documents will be available for download with your return via SafeSend Returns.

If you’d prefer to pick up your original source documents, they’ll be available at the Beene Garter office through December 31. After that date, we’ll securely shred and destroy any remaining documents.


What if I don’t receive an email with my access code?
Check your spam or junk email folders. If you don’t enter the code within the 10-minute time limit, request another.


I have questions. Who do I contact?
Beene Garter! Please use the contact form below and we’ll follow up with you. You can also contact your Beene Garter professional at 616.235.5200.


Please fill out the form below if you have additional questions about SafeSend Returns.

Originally published 11/18/18. Updated 11/7/19.