Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Not Ready to File Your 1040? Get an Extension!

Okay, everyone, today’s the day! It’s Tax Day 2017, the deadline to have your 2016 personal tax return filed with the IRS.


If you’re not ready to file, you still have options. Well, one option. Hmm, unless you decide to go rogue and not do anything. Okay, well, you have one legal option that doesn’t end in you owing lots of money in fines to the IRS. And that option is: Form 4868!

Form 4868, a.k.a. the Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return is just that: an application you can use to get an automatic six extra months to file your individual or joint tax return. It’s very easy to fill out; all you have to do is provide your basic taxpayer information (name, address, SSN) and an estimate of the taxes you owe or will receive as a refund. That’s it - you don’t even need to have a reason for why you need more time to file.

Keep in mind that if you’re filing a joint personal tax return, you can still use Form 4868, but you will need your spouse’s taxpayer information (name and SSN as it appears with the IRS) as well. You’ll also want to keep in mind that Form 4868 only extends the amount of time you have to file your tax return forms; it doesn’t extend the deadline to pay any taxes you may owe.

Now, Form 4868 is also due today, but as you can gather from the information needed, it won’t take nearly as long as completing your 1040 Form. In fact, if you e-file it with our sister product, ExpressExtension, you’ll be done in just a few minutes and receive email confirmation of your extension from the IRS within 15 minutes to an hour!

So what are you waiting for? Stop rushing through that 1040 and take a break to go file your 4868 application form. Then, you’ll be able to come back to your tax return anytime between now and October and finish it when you can give it the attention it deserves. Because goodness knows the IRS isn’t crazy about incorrectly completed or filed returns.

If you have any questions about getting started with ExpressExtension, give us a call and we’ll connect you with one of the friendly EE team members, or contact them directly at (803) 514-5155.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Introducing Form 941 E-filing!

Move over Forms 1099-B and 1099-S, there’s a new form in town, and its name is...Form 941!

That’s right: the Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return is now available to be e-filed through ExpressIRSForms, your favorite business-oriented, IRS-authorized e-filer! And just in time for the first quarter deadline at the end of this month!

And just a brief refresher for those of you still in 1099 or ACA mode: Form 941 is the document used to report income taxes, social security tax, and/or Medicare tax withheld from employee paychecks. It’s also the form you use to pay your employer portion of social security or Medicare tax. And when you e-file with ExpressIRSForms, you can transmit your forms and pay your taxes securely all in one place!

When you e-file Form 941 with ExpressIRSForms, you get access to all of the built-in features you love that make e-filing as simple and secure as possible. Just sign in, start a new 941 Form, then follow the step-by-step instructions to complete all the required fields with the correct information. Before you transmit, you’ll be given the option to pay your taxes now or pay them by check or EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) later.

And, as always, your form goes through a series of built-in error checks to ensure it’s sent off as accurate as possible, nearly eliminating your chance for a form rejection.

Also, as always, when you e-file with ExpressIRSForms, you get complimentary access to our top-of-the-line, US-based customer service support team. They’re available by phone (704-684-4751), live chat (through the site), and email (support@ExpressIRSForms.com) and are always ready to take your questions, in English or Spanish!

Get started with ExpressIRSForms today to see how easy filing your quarterly taxes can be!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Your Business's IRS Forms Are Due This Week!

It’s getting down to the nitty-gritty for IRS return filing for business owners!

Not only are your 1099 Forms due by this Friday (well, except for the 1099-MISCs reporting nonemployee compensation that were due January 31), your Affordable Care Act Forms 1094 and 1095 are due as well! And this is the e-filing deadline so, if for some reason, you were thinking of sending in paper forms: don’t. They’ll be counted as late, you’ll incur a late-filing penalty, and you’ll be making the whole ordeal a lot more difficult for yourself - especially since e-filing is the easier, more secure option for filing anyway.

You may remember last year and years before when W-2 Forms were due March 31 as well. Unfortunately - and we tried to warn you! - the IRS changed the W-2 deadline for 2016 tax year forms to January 31, 2017. If you missed the memo, try to get these forms in as soon as possible, but remember there’s a chance you’ll receive IRS penalties anyway.

At any rate, this year for the 2016 tax year, Forms 1099 and ACA Forms 1094 and 1095 are due this Friday, March 31, 2017.

Of course, ExpressIRSForms is here to help you get those forms e-filed correctly and securely on time, but if you’re still a little hesitant, we’ve also got another card to play: Form 8809. Form 8809 is the extension form for information returns like Forms 1099 and 1094/1095 and when you apply, you get an automatic 30-day extension to get your forms to the IRS. Don’t even have to have an excuse or anything! You can e-file Form 8809 and get your extension confirmation email all in just a few hours - and for only $3.55 - with ExpressIRSForms!

You can even go ahead and e-file a Form 8809 and if you still get your other forms in on time, you’re golden! The IRS doesn’t care if you apply for an extension and don’t use it, but they do very much care if you don’t apply for an extension and end up being late.

So, to get started, just log into your ExpressIRSForms account, click the big, orange Start New Form button, and get going on your 8809, 1099, and/or ACA Forms! And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team: we’re available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST by phone (704-684-4751) and live chat. And we also provide 24/7 assistance at support@ExpressIRSForms.com!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

You Still Have Until TODAY to File Form 7004!

Have you filed a Form 7004 to extend the amount of time you have to file your business tax return forms yet?

Well, what are you waiting for - the new deadline’s today!

The deadline for Form 7004, which is normally March 15 - the same day your business taxes are due* - was extended last week by the IRS due to Winter Storm Stella.

Since Stella blew through and caused quite a few delays for quite a few people, the IRS decided to extend the March 15, 2017, deadline for the 2016 tax year to March 20, 2017. Which is today! Now, your new, extended deadline date for when your return is due will remain the same, which will be either August 31, September 15, or October 15, 2017, depending on your business and the fiscal year it follows.

If you need somewhere to file Form 7004 really quickly, look no further than our sister product, ExpressExtension. With our simplified interview-style format, completing and e-filing your Form 7004 can be done in less than 10 minutes, and could get you up to seven extra months to file your forms. We’ll even send you an email confirmation when the IRS approves your extension request, something they don’t provide when you paper file.

The same friendly, expert customer support you’re used to with ExpressIRSForms is available to all our ExpressExtension users as well so if you have any questions about Form 7004 or how to e-file, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

*Remember: Form 7004 does not give you more time to pay any taxes due by March 15 for your business's 2016 tax year. If you still owe any taxes, you'll need to remit them to the IRS as soon as possible.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

File Form 7004 TOMORROW to Extend Your Business Tax Return Deadline!

Hey! Do you need to file ANY of these forms with the IRS tomorrow:
  • Forms 706-GS(D), 706-GS(T),
  • Forms 1120, 1120-C, 1120-F, 1120-FSC, 1120-H, 1120-L, 1120-ND, 1120-PC, 1120-POL, 1120-REIT, 1120-RIC, 1120S, 1120-SF,
  • Forms 1041, 1041-N, 1041-QFT, 1042,
  • Forms 1065, 1065-B, 1066,
  • Form 3520-A, or
  • Forms 8612, 8613, 8752, 8804, 8831, 8876, 8924, 8928
for your business?

Are you not exactly ready to file one (or more) of these forms by tomorrow?

If you answered yes and then no, it’s time to head on over to ExpressExtension to e-file your Form 7004, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and other Returns. It only takes a few minutes and you’ll get anywhere from five and a half to seven extra months to file your return.

Important Note: Form 7004 does not extend the amount of time you have to pay any business taxes you owe to the IRS. Unfortunately, those are still due by their original deadline. BUT it does give you a few months to get everything in order so you can file a complete, correct return.

One of the easiest ways to apply for an extension with Form 7004 is with ExpressExtension. All you need is your business’s EIN, basic contact info, and the name of the form for which you’re extending the deadline. You don’t even need to include a reason why you need more time, so long as you have the information mentioned, you’ll automatically receive more time to file!

When you e-file with ExpressExtension, your form is double checked by the system to be sure it’s free of errors, and after you submit your form, you’ll get an email from us when it’s been approved. You should see this approval email within 24 hours of submitting your form.

And then voila! You’ve got 5½ - 7 more months to file! Easy as that.

If you have any questions once you’re over at ExpressExtension, we’d be happy to help in any way we can! Just give us a call (803-514-5155) or send us a live chat Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST or send us an email anytime at support@ExpressExtension.com!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Welcome Form 1099-S to ExpressIRSForms!


Stop the presses, ladies and gents! ExpressIRSForms has another new form for you to e-file!

It’s Form 1099-S!

As we mentioned previously, we’re trying to expand our horizons, get out there and really have a form for everyone to e-file. So to keep up with that, we’ve added Form 1099-S to our repertoire.

Form 1099-S, if you didn’t know, is the IRS form used to report the sale or exchange of real estate. That’s why it’s called Form 1099-S, Proceeds From Real Estate Transactions.

And now users who need to file Form 1099-S for real estate transactions they or their clients oversaw can do so with their ExpressIRSForms account! Just log in as you always would and, from the Create New Form screen, select the 1099-S option.

Form 1099-S follows the same pricing structure as our other 1099 Forms, which means you’ll be paying some of the best prices in the industry to have your 1099-S Form e-filed securely and directly with the IRS.

And, as always, if you have any questions while you’re e-filing your Form 1099-S, you can contact our customer support team and we’ll be more than happy to help! We’re available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST by phone (704-684-4751) or live chat. We also provide 24/7 assistance through email at support@ExpressIRSForms.com!

So what are you waiting for? Go get started on that 1099-S!

Related Blog: Introducing Form 1099-B!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Introducing Form 1099-B!

Form 1099-B
ExpressIRSForms is proud to present Form 1099-B!

That’s right: in addition to e-filing Forms 1099-MISC, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, and 1099-R with ExpressIRSForms, you can now e-file Form 1099-B directly with the IRS!

In an effort to provide our clients with as many options for federal e-filing as possible, we’ve begun the process of expanding and adding more forms, starting with Form 1099-B, Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions.

Form 1099-B, in other words, is used by brokers or those who authorize barter exchanges to report for whom they sold
  • Stocks,
  • Commodities,
  • Regulated futures contracts,
  • Foreign currency contracts,
  • Forward contracts,
  • Debt instruments,
  • Options, or
  • Securities futures contracts
for cash.

Form 1099-B is due to be sent out by payers to recipients by February 15 the year following the year the transaction took place. Copy A of Form 1099-B must be filed with the IRS by February 28/29 unless you’re filing electronically. For those e-filing, Form 1099-B is due by March 31. If any of these dates fall on a weekend or federal holiday, the due date is extended to the next business day.

ExpressIRSForms clients can now e-file Form 1099-B with the IRS! And although the deadline for recipient copies was earlier this week, we’ll still send them out for you if you opt for postal mailing before you e-file! Better late than never, right?

And don’t forget that if you have any questions during the e-filing process, we’ll be happy to help! Our customer support team is available 24/7! We offer phone (704-684-4751) and live chat support during our office hours of Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST. And we offer email support round the clock at support@ExpressIRSForms.com.

Be sure to stay tuned with ExpressIRSForms for all the upcoming changes and new forms in store for you!

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