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Calendar of IRS E-Filing Dates for 1040 Returns

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Please note the critical IRS e-filing dates.

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012, is the last day to transmit timely filed 1040 returns and Form 4868 extensions.
  • Sunday, April 22, 2012, is the last day to re-transmit rejected timely filed 1040 returns and Form 4868 extensions.

Processing Reminder

April 11 through 15 is historically the highest transmission period for returns and extensions. During this period, transmissions and acknowledgements may be delayed. We recommend that preparers transmit returns and extensions as early as possible prior to April 10 instead of transmitting a large batch of returns and extensions on April 17.

To access a complete list of IRS e-filing dates for tax year 2011 within the UltraTax CS program, choose Help > UltraTax CS Help Topics, click the Index button, enter Electronic filing, and click "dates." In addition, you can visit the Tax Year 2011 e-file Calendar on the IRS website.

Although taxing authorities process electronic returns and extensions (drain) at certain times, we require additional time to transmit the e-files to the taxing authorities. Therefore, we recommend that you transmit returns to us at least one hour prior to the following drain times.

Federal 1040 Returns

The service centers drain three times per day from January 17, 2012 through April 22, 2012, at the following times.

  • Andover - 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m., and 2:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Austin - 12:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 3:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Kansas City - 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m., and 2:00 a.m. (Central Time)
  • Fresno - 1:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 4:00 a.m. (Central Time)
  • Philadelphia - 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m., and 2:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)

The service centers drain one time per day from April 23, 2012 through October 19, 2012, at the following times, excluding federal holidays.

  • Andover - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Austin - 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Kansas City - 11:00 a.m. (Central Time)
  • Fresno - 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
  • Philadelphia - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)

Federal Form 4868 Extensions

The service centers drain every day from March 31, 2012 through April 22, 2012, at the following times.

  • Andover - 12:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Austin - 1:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Kansas City - 12:00 a.m. (Central Time)
  • Fresno - 2:00 a.m. (Central Time)
  • Philadelphia - 12:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)

For more information on the IRS e-file calendar, visit CS.ThomsonReuters.com/Support, click the Knowledgebase link, and then search for Case K16258440

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