Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2004-43 

October 25, 2004 

Announcement 2004-83

Electronic and Magnetic Specifications for Filing Form 8851, Summary of Archer MSAs


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The following are updates to Rev. Proc. 2001-31, electronic and magnetic specifications for filing Form 8851, Summary of Archer MSAs.The format for filing these forms remains the same, however, there are changes to the types of acceptable media and editorial changes.

  1. The current reporting requirement is for Archer MSAs established from January 1, 2004, through June 30, 2004.

  2. The Martinsburg Computing Center has been renamed Enterprise Computing Center — Martinsburg (ECC-MTB).

  3. Call Site was renamed Information Reporting Program (IRP) Customer Service Section and can be reached at our toll-free number 866-455-7438.

  4. ECC-MTB no longer accepts magnetic tapes, 8mm, 4mm or Quarter Inch Cartridges (QIC) for the filing of Forms 8851.

  5. Electronic filing via the FIRE System is now an internet connection at http://fire.irs.gov. Filing procedures are essentially the same as the dial up connection. Refer to Publication 3609, Rev. 10-2004 for detailed instructions.

Questions concerning the filing of Form 8851 can be directed to the IRP Customer Service Section toll-free at 866-455-7438.


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