EFC Shut Down


IRS has announced its MeF (e-file) shutdown and cutover for Tax Year 2021. To ensure that all business tax returns e-filed through the MeF system are processed in a timely manner, submissions must occur before IRS shuts down the system on Sunday, December 26, 2021, at 11:59 a.m. Eastern time.

Electronic Filing Center (EFC) Maintenance/Shutdown 

To prepare for the upcoming season and to ensure that all business returns for the tax year 2020 are processed timely, UltimateTax will shut down the Electronic Filing Center (EFC) on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at 11:00 PM EST (in advance of the IRS Business E-filing Shutdown) for the following returns:

  • Partnership (1065)
  • Corporation (1120)
  • S Corporation (1120S)
  • Fiduciary (1041)
  • Employee Benefit Plans (5500)
  • Exempt Organization (990 Series)
  • 94X Series

All other return types not listed including state, local, and school district returns
This maintenance will end no later than the date that the IRS opens for tax year 2021, which is yet to be announced. During this maintenance period, you will NOT be able to:

  • Transmit returns
  • Receive acknowledgments (acks)

Final Day for Electronic Filing of 2018 Returns

Tuesday, December 21, 2021, is the final day that tax year 2018 returns can be electronically filed. Any acknowledgments must be retrieved by the user no later than December 26, 2021 at 11:00 PM EST for TY18 e-files. EFC for TY18 will not be available after December 26, 2021 at 11:00 PM EST to pick up these acks.

UltimateTax Service, Inc. is a professional tax software provider. We provide this information as a service to our clients and friends. The information we post is for your viewing and knowledge pleasure. We take all information we post seriously and stand behind what we post. However, information we post is not meant to be used as your sole position in tax cases.

Author: Mike Steele

Serial entrepreneur since 1994. Tax preparation and tax software have been my passion over the years. Bringing value to my customers has always been a priority. If it’s not great, keep trying.

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