E-file Shut down for 2022 for Years 2019-2021

Sep 10, 2022

Last Day to e-File – November 22, 2022

IRS has announced its MeF (e-file) shutdown and cutover for Tax Year 2021. To ensure that all Form 1040 tax returns e-filed through the MeF system are processed promptly, submissions must occur before IRS shuts down the system on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. We will stop accepting returns on November 22nd, at 11:59 Eastern Time. This is earlier than the IRS shutdown. This gives us ample time to process and allows the states time to process returns.

1040 E-file submissions for Tax Years 2019, 2020 and 2021 are included in this change. Because not all state agencies process returns in “real-time”, this schedule should allow sufficient time for agencies to post their acknowledgements.

After the shutdown, the EFC will not accept individual returns (federal and/or state) until IRS returns online in early January 2023. However, preparers can continue picking up acknowledgements through mid-December.

Important to Note:

Tax Year 2019 returns will no longer be eligible for e-filing after Tuesday, November 22nd at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. The user must retrieve any acknowledgements no later than mid-December for TY19 e-files. EFC for TY19 will not be available after mid-December 2022 to pick up these acks.

Business Returns: Business returns are not affected by this schedule as IRS has not yet announced the business cutover schedule and will do so later.

Disaster Relief Extension to File: This shutdown will also affect taxpayers who received a disaster relief extension to file. If the disaster’s extended due date falls within this shutdown time frame, you must do one of the following:

  • Submit the returns electronically before the shutdown begins.
  • Hold the return and transmit it when the IRS reopens in January.
  • File them on paper after the shutdown. If filed on paper, applicable opt-out documentation may be necessary. Please consult the taxing authority guidelines on how to opt out of electronic filing.

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