In addition to our communication sent earlier this week (copied below), the IRS has issued a final reminder that most taxpayers who requested an extension to file their 2021 tax return must file by today, October 15 to avoid penalties for filing late.
Extension filers who owe taxes should pay as much as possible to reduce interest and penalties. Those who have yet to file a 2020 tax return, owe tax, and did not request an extension can generally avoid additional penalties and interest by filing the return as soon as possible and paying any taxes owed.
Previous Partner Support Communication Sent 10/12: October 15 Deadline: Reminder to Transmit Early to Meet IRS Filing Deadline
Important Reminder! In order for eligible individual federal returns to be considered timely filed by this Friday’s October 15th extended deadline, returns must reach IRS before Midnight. The return timestamp is applied at our Central Site processing center and IRS bases timely filed using the (our) transmitter time zone which is 11:59 PM PDT (Pacific).
However, in order to to allow sufficient processing time and ensure your files are transmitted to the IRS on time, we strongly encourage you to submit any return as early as possible and no later than 2 hours prior to the 11:59 PM PDT (Pacific) deadline.
Additional Information and Resources:
- Eligible Disaster Areas: The IRS has extended the October 15th individual federal return filing deadline for several states and/or specific areas within a state that have been designated as disaster areas. Find specific information on the most recent tax relief provisions for taxpayers affected by disaster situations and a complete listing at IRS.gov > Recent Tax Relief > 2021 | Español. Be sure to click on the +2021 Drop-down menu.
- State Returns: State filing and payment deadlines vary and are not always the same as the federal filing deadline. The IRS urges tax professional and taxpayers to check with the applicable state tax agency for those details.
- Payment Options for Balance Due: To access and/or learn more about the various payment options, go to Paying Your Taxes at IRS.gov | Español
- Rejected Returns (Rejected on or before the Friday, Oct 15th 11:59 PM filing deadline)
Note: These rejected returns instructions apply only to individual federal returns eligible for the October 15th extended filing deadline (e.g. previously timely filed Extension Form 4868, qualifying disaster area, active military exception, etc..)
You’ll need to fix the errors in the return and e-file again before the midnight deadline. Returns will be considered late if not submitted successfully to the IRS by midnight on October 15.
If you’re not able to correct the errors before the deadline, you’ll need to print and mail the return. A paper return is considered to be filed on time if it’s properly addressed, has correct postage, and is postmarked by October 15, 2021. Be sure to attach IRS Form 8948 – Preparer Explanation for Not Filing Electronically to explain why the return is not being electronically filed.
Refer to IRS Where to File Paper Returns With or Without Payment |Español for mailing addresses and additional information.
- Rejected Returns (Rejected after midnight, October 15)
If you receive a rejection for an e-filed individual federal return, you will typically have 5 calendar days (by Wednesday, October 20) to correct the reject and resubmit for the return to be considered timely filed. Same “transmit early” recommendation applies (2 hours prior to 11:59 PM PDT – Pacific).
How To Identify Rejects in the Desktop Program:
- To easily identify if you have Federal and/or State Rejects, simply go to the Work In Progress (WIP) screen > Exceptions / Rejects section and select the applicable line item as shown below to display the list of clients and access those returns.
Note: If you have rejects, the count is displayed on screen.
How to Identify Clients / SSNs with Accepted Extension Form 4868:
- To run a report, simply go to the Work in Progress (WIP) screen > 1040 Returns tab > Reports tab and from the dropdown menus select > Status Reports > ETD Status Report.
If you have additional questions regarding the instructions providing for using features within the software program, please contact us at 206-209-2653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and for IRS requirements, use the IRS.gov links provided above.
The Partner Support Team