1040 IRS filing deadlines & electronic filing information

Alerts and notices

This topic provides electronic filing opening day information and information about relevant due dates for 1040 returns.

Notes

  • We recommend that preparers transmit electronic files to Thomson Reuters at least one hour before the filing deadline.
  • The Modernized e-File (MeF) System is available daily, except during maintenance and down times. Refer to the IRS Modernized e-File (MeF) status page for maintenance down times.
  • The IRS considers returns that are re-filed electronically during the applicable time frame to be timely-filed returns.
  • The grace period starts at the time of the rejection and is never extended for weekends, holidays, or end-of-the-year cutoff. The grace period does not extend past the last day to retransmit rejected timely-filed returns below.
Date Event
1/28/19

IRS begins accepting 2018 Form 1040 electronic tax returns.

Note: For information on the tax years for which the IRS supports electronic filing, see Entities and years supported for electronic filing (FAQ).

4/15/19 Due date to timely file 1040 returns and Form 4868 extensions.
4/15/19

Due date to electronically transmit Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), to FinCEN.

Note: Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) returns receive an automatic extension of six months to file. The last day to timely file an FBAR is 10/15/19.

4/20/19

Last day to retransmit rejected timely-filed electronic 1040 returns and Form 4868 extensions.

Note: If a return cannot be retransmitted electronically, the paper return must be filed by the return due date or ten calendar days after the return was rejected. For more information, see 1040-US ELF: Resubmitting electronically filed returns and extensions.

6/17/19 Due date for receipt of timely-filed Form 4868 or Form 2350 to meet overseas exception.
6/22/19 Last day to retransmit rejected timely-filed Form 4868 or Form 2350 to meet overseas exception.
10/15/19 Final due date to timely file 1040 returns on extension.
10/15/19 Last day to electronically transmit timely-filed Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), to FinCEN on automatic extension.
10/20/19

Last day to retransmit previously rejected timely-filed electronic 1040 returns.

Note: If a return cannot be retransmitted electronically, the paper return must be filed by the return due date or ten calendar days after the return was rejected. For more information, 1040-US ELF: Resubmitting electronically filed returns and extensions.

For more information about electronic filing deadlines, see the Product News section of the UltraTax CS Home Page.

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