You read that right: TODAY is the LAST DAY to E-FILE YOUR ACA FORMS!!
We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again now: the Affordable Care Act Forms 1094 and 1095 reporting information for the tax year 2016 are due (today) March 31, 2017.
Now, if you start the e-filing process for your ACA Forms today, there’s, unfortunately, no guarantee that you’ll be able to get them transmitted to the IRS by 11:59 p.m. tonight (your time). There’s just a lot of info that goes into these forms, info that involves long numbers that absolutely must be in the right sequence and ACA codes that absolutely must be correctly used. Most of us aren’t built to handle that sort of intricacy on such short notice.
Which is why the IRS has an alternative. They get that things come up. They get (maybe) that information return forms aren’t that fun. So they offer the Form 8809 extension form as an option for ACA filers who need a little more time to get things together to file.
If Form 8809 sounds familiar, that’s because it’s also the extension form for other information returns, such as 1099 Forms (which are also due today!) and W-2 Forms. Last year, Form 8809 couldn’t be used to extend the ACA Form deadline because the IRS had already designated an automatic 3-month extension for all first-time ACA filers on each deadline.
This year, you can most certainly e-file Form 8809 for an automatic 30-day extension for your ACA Forms (as well as any of those other forms if necessary). And like the other forms, you’re not required to provide a reason for why you’re requesting extra time to file. Unless you’re requesting a second extension after getting approval for your first, which you can only do on paper.
Remember that Form 8809 must be e-filed by the original deadline as the form for which you’re submitting for an extension. Which means to extend your ACA or 1099 Form deadline, you’ll need to file that Form 8809 today as well.
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Today’s going to be a busy one, but we know you can make it! Now, go get to e-filing!