OK, so the last one isn’t a true holiday … especially if you are an IRS employee performing the system maintenance. The IRS system maintenance window is important, though. The IRS shuts down various systems as we transition from one calendar year to another. Here are some of the practical impacts of the IRS System Maintenance Window.
Modernized e-File System (MeF)
Personal– Closed: November – January 19th. Last year, late approval of tax extenders delayed the reopening. This year, the approval came sooner than the week before the end of the year. The IRS will begin accepting personal returns on January 19, 2016.
Business – Closed: December 26th – mid-January. A variety of forms go through the MeF on the business side – 2290, 94x Series, 1120 Series, 7004, 8868, 1065, and many more.
Filing Information Returns Electronically (FIRE)
What The IRS System Maintenance Window Means to Me
1099 filers using Tax1099.com don’t need to worry about the maintenance window. We schedule all forms to e-File on March 31. The IRS will be open to receive the forms well before then. Submit, pay, and plan for vendor form delivery. You’ll be able to make edits to the forms until the scheduled date. This gives you more flexibility than having to file a corrected form to make any changes.