What are the start and stop dates for 2018 individual and business returns?

When can I begin e-filing Individual returns?

When can I begin e-filing Business returns?

What is the last date to submit an e-file return?

Solution

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can I e-file Prior Year Business Returns?
You can e-file the current year and two prior years for Business returns (after the IRS opens e-file for the current tax season).
Business Filing Example: When the IRS opens the Business e-file servers for TY18 in early 2019, you will be able to e-file 2017 and 2016 Tax Returns. Once the IRS opens the Individual e-file servers for TY18, Lacerte will open both TY18 Business and Individual e-file.  If a return is submitted after its applicable due date, it will be considered late.  Once the IRS shuts down the MeF system in November 2019 for Individual returns, 2015 tax returns can no longer be transmitted.
Note:  Individual e-file returns have different filing season start and stop dates, as indicated above. Extension Form 4868 will be accepted for the current tax year only.
  1. Can I e-file Prior Year Individual Returns?
You can e-file the current year and two prior years for Individual returns (after the IRS opens e-file for the current tax season).
Individual Filing Example: When the IRS opens the Individual e-file servers for TY18 in early 2019, you will be able to e-file 2018, 2017, and 2016 Tax Returns. If a return is submitted after its applicable due date, it will be considered late.  Once the IRS shuts down the MeF system in November 2019 for Individual returns, 2015 tax returns can no longer be transmitted. 
  • Note(s): Business e-file returns have different filing season start and stop dates, as indicated above. Extension Form 4868 will be accepted for the current tax year only.
  • FinCEN Form 114 is no longer supporting the old EF format, which is what Lacerte Tax Year 2016 and earlier provides. To e-file these prior year returns, please visit; https://www.fincen.gov/
  1. Did business return due dates change?
Yes, beginning in Tax Year 2016. While S-corporate returns remain the same, March 15, 2019 (fiscal year - 15th day of 3rd month following close of fiscal year), Partnerships are now due March 15, 2019 (fiscal year - 15th day of 3rd month following close of fiscal year) and C Corporations are now due April 15, 2019 (fiscal year - 15th day of 4rd month following close of fiscal year). Please see Business Return Due Dates Change.
  1. Does Lacerte comply with the "10 Business Day Rule," required by most States, related to the application of software updates?
Yes. Lacerte requires the download of each program update within the 10 day period and more frequently for urgent issues.

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