Yes, I looked in the previous questions and there is no workaround provided even though Adobe marked the question as answered.
I need to fill out the W-9 and the date section is not fillable. When I sign all it adds is my signature without a date and there does not seem to be any "Type" tool that will allow me to add a date to the date section. So how do I get a date on there?
This is ridiculous. Ive now spent 30 minutes trying to add a date to the damn form supplied by the IRS. WHY? WHY? WHY?
Can someone at least suggest some other software that will allow me to fill, sign and DATE the forms supplied by IRS?
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Y'all I found a solution! I looked around for alternatives and found a bunch of things you have to pay for, so then I found Hellosign! You can sign and date docs for free - it literally took me minutes and now I have my form filled and signed! No more wasting time with Adobe Reader trying to fill out, sign and DATE IRS forms.
This will probably get deleted since it mentions a real solution that has nothing to do with Adobe since Adobe doesnt actually provide a real solution.
Trust me I use a lot of adobe products and would be thrilled if they actually provided a solution to this, but since they don't, the only solution is to use something other than Adobe Reader for filling, signing and dating forms.
I just wanted to acknowledge your frustration but at the same time I want to let you know that you can achieve adding date and signature in just a few seconds with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.
Also Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is free and doesn't require a subscription nor a free trial like Hellosign.
To cut to the chase, I would like to take this opportunity to answer your three WHY's by illustrating to you how easy it's done:
Yes, my pleasure. I am glad that it helps.
I think it is a poor work-around.
The form is locked by the producing software. This is the only workaround to be able to insert a date using the Fill & Sign tool method. Otherwise the form has to be flattened and recreated from scratch.
Do you know of another way to work around this?
Here's the original download link from the Internal Revenue Service: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf
If you notice the signature and date blocks were left blank by the producer of the form. I am assuming that they took into account that not everyone has PDF editing software, so a tool like Fill & Sign is the only thing that works here.
That being the case how would you work around this?
Bro you absolutely crushed this. Thank you!
Well I think it's awesome. So there.
Hi Akanchha. I was actually already using this workaround when I decided to try to find a better solution. It is truly sad to find that Adobe doesn't have a better solution than this. It is almost faster to type everything using text boxes in Photoshop which I have also done but creates a much bigger file. Unfortunately both softwares are overencombered and take longer to boot up than it does to open a website like HelloSign.
Honestly it makes a lot of sense to just add a "Date Stamp" tool that automatically applies either the current or a custom date within the Fill&Sign software. All other w9 info is the same for me and the only thing unique about the w9's I send is the date. So in reality this workaround is the only amount of work one has to do which is also why this seemingly small problem is such a big problem.
This is an awful work-around. I get the *purpose* of locking fields, but I *hate* this work-around. I need two signatures to do my job and deleting one to be able to write a date is awful.
All you have to do is replace the date with your signature the next time you need it. It's a small inconvenience to solve a knotty --- and inexcusable --- hangup. What good is a signature on a W-9 without the date? Why would Adobe do something as mean-spirited as allow you to sign but not date a key tax document?
This is a fantastic workaround. Your ingenuity deserves the acclaim of millions.
This doesn't work if you have an image-based signature (i.e. your actual signature). In that case, there is no editable text for the signature. So, if you actually use your real signature, as I do, there seems to be no way to add a signature date to this form at all. The fact that this is still an issue, several years later, tells me the IRS doesn't much care about fixing this either.
If you print the file "Microsoft Print to PDF" then save, it creates an editable version of the form. This allows you to use your previously saved signature block and also insert a text field for the date. It wipes the IRS original parameters and allows edits. Do not print to "Adobe PDF" this will retain the IRS protections and the print will fail.
This is the ACTUAL best answer here! I saved the doc using Microsoft Print to PDF and it opens up the entire 'Fill & Sign' menu so that I can add my signature AND the date. No need to clumsily delete my signature every time I fill out a poorly designed tax form. Thank you for a real work around!
Edit: I reposted this to clarify which comment I was replying to. Apparently when you reply to a comment, the new comment just shows up in line with all the others.
This worked on a PC but wouldn't work from a Mac. The save as PDF/print to PDF function was disallowed due the restrictions on the original document type preventing that function from working.
I used my digital signature and followed the workaround to add the date. My real signature is saved as one of the digital files for my Adobe account.
you can use the initials option to type out the date. Super lame, but it works
Great workaround, didn't occur to me to just create the date with the signature tool. THANK YOU!
You're welcome, happy to know it helped.
The solution suggested does not work, because the form does not allow typing in a signature.
You're welcome. Happy to read that it helped.