By Bryan Wilton, President
Remember the new tax form filing deadlines: The new due date for Forms W-2, W-3, and 1099-MISC with data in box 7 for non-employee compensation is January 31st. The new due date is effective for tax year 2016, filed in 2017, and applies to paper and electronically filed returns. You may request an extension of time to file your W2 forms, but it must be submitted on paper Form 8809. Extension of time for Recipient Copies of Information Returns must be requested on paper.
Also, the IRS filing system called FIRE, (Filing Information Returns Electronically) server no longer supports Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 3.0 as one of the FIRE System’s Internet Security Technical Standards. If you are transmitting using IE 6.0 or lower, and I hope you are not, your browser may have problems logging in and connecting to the FIRE System. Follow the steps below to connect and upload a file:
- Go to Tools>Internet Options>Advanced
- Scroll down and find Security
- Uncheck both SSL 2.0 and SSL 3.0
- Check TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, TLS 1.2 and select “Apply”
On a side note, you would think the IRS could have used something slightly different so the acronym was not FIRE? Maybe a good acronym might have been FILE instead, but they probably spent lots of time and money coming up with FIRE. Maybe even had a contest.