With the arrival of today’s April 18 filing deadline, uTax strongly encourages you to transmit your e-files (extensions and returns) throughout the day and at least two hours before tonight’s midnight deadline. With the IRS already faced with a processing backlog, following these recommendations will help to minimize the impact at the IRS with the increased volume as a result of the last minute rush and help to ensure timely processing of your client’s returns and/or extensions. You should also expect turnaround times for receiving federal acknowledgements to increase during this filing deadline timeframe.
Don’t forget to consider the importance of handling any REJECTED RETURNS, both prior to and after today’s deadline, to ensure the timely filed deadline is met. Refer to information below.
We are also sharing today’s latest IRS News Release and Tax Tip with important reminders on previously provided information and instructions uTax has shared with you regarding:
IRS News Release IR-2022-88 – April 18, 2022: Extensions of Time to File Tax Returns; Some Taxpayers Instantly Qualify | Español
IRS Tax Tip 2022-59 – April 18, 2022: Most Federal Tax Returns are Due; People Who Can’t Pay Should Still File On Time | Español
More IRS Information & Resources for Balance Due Returns:
Rejected Returns Processing Instructions and Deadlines:
If you received a rejection for an e-filed return, you typically have 5 calendar days to correct the reject and resubmit for the return to be considered timely filed. Refer to table below.
- Rejected Returns (Rejected AFTER Midnight, Monday – April 18)
Note (1) – If the return was rejected before the April 18 due date, it must have been resubmitted on or before the due date to be considered timely filed.
- Rejected Returns (Rejected BEFORE Midnight, Monday, April 18)
If the return was rejected before the April 18 due date, it must be resubmitted on or before the April 18 due date to be considered timely filed. You’ll need to fix the errors in the return and e-file again before the midnight deadline. Returns will be considered late if not submitted successfully to the IRS by midnight on April 18.
If you’re not able to correct the errors before the deadline, you’ll need to print and mail the return. A paper return is considered to be filed on time if it’s properly addressed, has correct postage, and is postmarked by April 18, 2022. Be sure to attach IRS Form 8948 – Preparer Explanation for Not Filing Electronically to explain why the return is not being electronically filed.
Refer to IRS Where to File Paper Returns With or Without Payment | Español for mailing addresses and additional information.
Don’t forget! Returns must reach IRS before Midnight on the Monday, April 18 deadline to be considered timely filed. The return timestamp is applied at our Central Site processing center and IRS bases timely filed using the (our) transmitter time zone which is 11:59 PM PST.
How To Identify Rejects in the Desktop Program:
To easily identify if you have Federal and/or State Rejects, simply go to the Work In Progress Screen (WIP) > Exceptions / Rejects section and select the applicable line item as shown below.
Note: If you have rejects, the count is displayed on screen.
Individual State Tax Return Extensions:
For more information about deadlines for State returns and extension requirements, contact and/or refer to the specific state website.
uTax Video Resource:
- To see how easy it is to create, file and report on Form 4868 – Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return in the software program, be sure to watch our short 1.5 min video “How to Create and File an Extension“, available at the uTax Resource Center > Video Library.
Please reach out to us if you should need further assistance. We have extended hours today and will remain open until 8:00 PM PT / 11:00 PM ET.
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