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!

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No Automatic Extension for filing W2 forms, 1099-MISC Reporting NEC, 1099-QA, or 5498-QA

Extension requests for Forms 1099-MISC reporting nonemployee compensation (NEC) in box 7, 1099-QA, 5498-QA, and W-2 must be submitted on paper through Form 8809. The extension is non-automatic, so make sure that the form is postmarked on or before January 31st for the W-2 and 1099-MISC reporting NEC, and May 31st for the 1099-QA and 5498-QA. Your extension request must include a detailed explanation of why you need additional time, since the IRS only grants extentions in extreme circumstances. Extension requests must be signed under penalty of perjury, and by someone 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), the due date to 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 April 01. 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.

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Information Return Extension: Form 8809