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How to Request an Extension for Filing 1099 Forms with the IRS

Last Updated:
March 30, 2017

There are two types of extensions:

On this article we cover how to request an extension for filing 1099 forms with the IRS.

How to file for a 1099 filing extension?

If your company needs more time to file your 1099s, then you’ll need to send the IRS form 8809 to apply for an extension.

How do I fill out Form 8809?

You will need to fill out your taxpayer information as requested and check the box for which type of form you’ll need more time to file. You do not need to send a reason. You can either mail in your completed Form 8809 via mail or electronic filing through the IRS FIRE service.

When do I apply for an extension?

Once the new year begins, it’s a good practice to submit Form 8809 to the IRS as soon as you know you’ll need an extension.

‍If you plan to file Form 1099-MISC reporting nonemployee compensation (NEC) payments in box 7, you must request an extension no later than January 31.

The due dates for filing Form 8809 are:

What’s the penalty if I forgot/don’t?

The penalty depends on exactly how late you are. See the 1099 Filing Penalties and Fines guide.

What about requesting an extension for delivering forms to recipients?

IRS Publication 1220 covers the guidelines around this type of extension in Section D. You will need to send by fax, the electronic FIRE system, or mail to the IRS a letter explaining why you need an extension. You'll need to send this before the due date of delivering forms to contractors (January 31, 2017). See the How to Request an Extension for Delivery to Recipients guide.

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