Thursday, November 17, 2016

Extension Form 8809: What You Need to Know

Did you know that you can get an extra 30 days to e-file your information returns with the IRS? All you have to do is apply with Form 8809!

What is Form 8809?
Form 8809 is officially titled the Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns. If you don’t think you’ll be able to have the information returns you’re required to file each year ready on time, you can apply for a quick 30-day extension of time to file with Form 8809.

Now, a couple things to keep in mind about Form 8809:
  • It must be filed by the original filing deadline you’re trying to extend. We recommend not waiting til the last minute for this, though, since W-2 extensions are no longer automatic and you’ll need to get verification your extension has been granted.
  • Form 8809 does not extend your deadline for having your employee or recipient copies mailed out. So even if you receive an extension to file your 1099 Forms with the IRS, you’ll still need to make sure you have those recipient copies out by the original deadline.

For Which Forms Can I Use Form 8809?

Form 8809 can be used for a myriad of forms, namely Forms
  • W-2,
  • 1094-C, 1095-C,
  • 1095-B,
  • 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, W-2G,
  • 1042-S,
  • 5489,
  • 5489-ESA,
  • 5498-SA, and
  • 8027.

Can Form 8809 Be E-filed?
Yes and no. For most forms, Form 8809 can be e-filed, however, this year is the first year Form 8809 must be completed on paper for W-2 Forms. For every other form, you can e-file Form 8809 with an IRS-authorized filing agent (like ExpressIRSForms*). However, Form W-2 extension requests must be mailed to:
Internal Revenue Service
Attn: Extension of Time Coordinator
240 Murall Drive, Mail Stop 4360
Kearneysville, WV 25430

*For more information about e-filing Form 8809 with ExpressIRSForms, check out our website or give our support team a call! We’re here Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST, via phone (704-684-4751) and live chat and we offer 24/7 assistance via email at!

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