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SafeSend Returns for Tax Return Delivery


ECA is pleased to offer SafeSend Returns to our clients as our secure, electronic tax return delivery system. The client-friendly interface walks you through a guided process that includes on-screen review of your return, collecting IRS-compliant e-signatures on e-file authorization forms, and options for making tax payments. Then, SafeSend Returns automatically sends the form(s) back to ECA.

Benefits of Using SafeSend Returns

  • Receive your tax returns securely without the need to setup an account or remember a password

  • Accessible across all platforms: computer, smartphone, or tablet

  • Electronically sign your federal and state e-file authorizations (8879), no printing or mailing necessary

  • Receive payment reminder e-mails

  • Download a copy of your tax return

  • For businesses, conveniently distribute your K-1s electronically

1040 Client Experience

Entity Client Experience with K1 Distribution

How it Works

  1. You will receive an email from ECA with a “from” address of

  2. The email will contain a safe link for you to access your tax return.

  3. After clicking on the link, you will be asked to enter the last four digits of your Social Security number to review your return.

  4. SafeSend will email or text you an access code to further verify your identity. For emailed codes, check your spam or junk folders if you do not receive the email in your inbox. You must enter the code within 20 minutes of receipt. If you do not enter the code within 20 minutes, you can request another.

  5. When you are ready to sign your e-file authorization form(s), you will be asked a series of simple questions to verify your identity.

  6. Once you have signed the e-file authorization form(s), ECA will be notified and will complete the rest of the e-filing process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will I receive a notification when my return is ready to sign?

A: Yes. Email notifications will be

sent from ECA at To prevent the email from getting filtered to spam/junk, we recommend adding this email addresses to your safe list.

Q: Is it safe to enter part of my Social Security Number?

A: Yes. SafeSend Returns offers a secure system to view and sign your e-file authorization form(s).

Q: After signing my e-file authorization form(s), will I receive confirmation that it was successfully submitted to the firm?

A: Yes! Once you sign your e-file authorization form(s), you will 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.

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