Extension for Information Returns

Though the deadline for business tax returns and extensions has passed, we’re still in thick of tax deadlines if your business has employees or independent contractors. If you still need to file IRS information returns before the March 31 deadline, don’t panic! ExpressExtension has your business completely covered with Form 8809, Application for Extension of Time To File Information Returns.
Who Has to File?
Any businesses that are required to file 1099s, W2s, or ACA Forms for their employees can e-file a Form 8809 before the March 31 deadline to receive an automatic 30-day extension. ExpressExtension offers a simple and secure e-filing system so you can instantly get your approval!

Extension Filing Deadlines
Generally, the e-filing deadline for 1099s, W2s, and ACA Forms is March 31 – for Form 1042-S, the deadline is March 15, and for Form 5498, May 31 is the due date. You can find our complete list of e-filing deadlines on our website.

Important: Since the inclusion of Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting this tax season, the original deadline for e-filing Form 1094 and 1095 has already been extended by the IRS to June 30. Because of this nationwide extension, individual 8809s for ACA forms will NOT be accepted by the IRS. You must have your ACA forms e-filed by June 30 – there will be no further extension. Whenever the ACA e-filing deadline reverts back to March 31, an extension form can be e-filed if necessary.

Late Filing Penalties
You won’t incur any IRS penalties if you file either the actual tax return or the extension form before the deadline; however, if you fail to file either forms on time, you could get hit with these penalties:

  • $30 per information return if you correctly file within 30 days after the deadline; maximum penalty $250,000 per year, and $75,000 for small businesses
  • $60 per information return if you correctly file more than 30 days after the deadline, but before August 1; maximum penalty $500,000 per year, and $200,000 for small businesses
  • $100 per information return if you correctly file after August 1, or if you don’t file at all; maximum penalty $1,500,000 per year, and $500,000 for small businesses

Reminder: If you plan on e-filing an extension, it must be done before, or on, the original deadline. Once the deadline date has passed, you must file the actual return as soon as possible – you cannot e-file an extension after the deadline.

With ExpressExtension, you can quickly and easily e-file your Form 8809, and in minutes, you can receive your approval – you won’t even need to provide a reason why you need the extension. After getting your extra 30-days, head on over to our affiliate site, ExpressIRSForms, where you can create a FREE account, and start e-filing your IRS information forms.

For any questions or assistance with e-filing your tax extension, don’t hesitate to call our live, US-based customer support at (803) 514-5155, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. We also offer 24/7 email messaging at [email protected].

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