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File Information Returns Electronically

Electronic reporting of information returns eliminates the need to submit paper documents to the IRS. Electronically filed information may be submitted to the IRS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The FIRE system is updated each year to reflect the format changes that are made by the IRS. 1099FIRE is the only company to offer OneTouch 1099 E-Filing. Simply put, when you are ready to e-file, you just click a button and the software will automatically log into your account and upload your file to the IRS FIRE system.  You will receive verification within seconds of receipt of the file and you will receive an e-mail within 2-3 days letting you know whether the file was accepted.The steps below include screenshots to help guide you through the process of setting up an account on the FIRE system, uploading your file, and checking your file status.  There are lots of pictures to explain every step!

  1. How to Participate

You first need a TCC number (also known as the transmitter control code) in order to get started. This link has the required form, mailing address and fax number to attain the TCC number from the IRS.

  1. How to Create the fire.txt file

The fire.txt file is a specially formatted file that the IRS can read.

  1. How to Review the file for errors
  2. Common errors and solutions
  1. Create New Account

This links show you how to Create a New Account on the IRS FIRE system.  Lots of screen shots are available.

  1. Upload your file to the FIRE system

With an account created, your ready to upload your fire.txt file to the IRS.

  1. Check your file status

If you are still having problems uploading information returns to the FIRE system, try the below link:

Common Problems and Questions

The following is a list of related forms for filing Information Returns Electronically:

Form 4419 - Application for Filing Information Returns Electronically
Form 8508 - Request for Waiver From Filing Information Returns Electronically
Form 8809 - Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns

Payers should retain a copy of the information returns filed with the IRS or have the ability to reconstruct the data for at least 3 years from the reporting due date.