E-File Form 8809 for an Information Returns Extension
Get an Extension for Information Returns
Whether you're hard pressed for time, or you're just precautious, e-filing IRS Form 8809 is your best option. In just a few minutes, you are granted an automatic 30-day extension to file your 1099s and ACA forms!
No Automatic Extension for Filing Form W-2
To request a 30-day extension for W-2 forms, you must complete a paper Form 8809 application that includes a detailed explanation of why you need additional time and signed under penalties of perjury and mail it in by January 31. The IRS only grants extensions in extraordinary circumstances of catastrophe. Extension requests must be in writing and signed by the person who is duly authorized to sign a return.
IRS Form 8809
Information Return Extension Form 8809 is for employers who need more time to file their 1099s, ACA, or information forms with the IRS. With our simple and secure e-filing system, you can submit IRS Form 8809 for a 30-day extension and get automatic approval instantly!
Extension Form 8809 Deadlines
For IRS Forms W-2 and 1099-MISC (NEC only), the due date to e-file Form 8809 is January 31. Extension requests for IRS Forms W-2G, 1094-C, 1095, 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922 and 8027 must be e-filed by March 31. And for IRS Forms 1042-S and 5498, the due dates to e-file an extension are March 15 and May 31 respectively.
Late Filing Penalty
With IRS Form 8809, you can receive additional time to file your information returns; however, it does not pardon you from filing the returns altogether. If you file information returns late, and you have not applied for and received an approved extension, you may be subject to the following late filing penalties:
- $50 per information return filed less than 30 days late with a maximum penalty of $529,500 per year or $185,000 for small businesses.
- $100 per information return filed between 30 to 120 days late with a maximum penalty of $1,589,000 per year or $529,500 for small businesses.
- $260 per information return filed more than 120 days late, or not filed at all, with a maximum penalty of $3,178,500 per year or $1,059,500 for small businesses.
Information Return Extension: Form 8809