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Helpful Information for FIRE

Information Returns can be filed electronically.  You must have software that can produce the file in the proper format as outlined in:

  • Publication 1220, Specifications for Electronic Filing of Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, and W-2G
  • Publication 1239, Specifications for Electronic Filing of Form 8027, Employer's Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips
  • Publication 1187,   Specifications for Electronic Filing of Form 1042-S, Foreign Person's U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding 
  • Publication 1516, Specifications for Electronic Filing of Forms 8596, Information Returns for Federal Contracts  
  • Publication 4810,   Specifications for Electronic Filing of Form 8955-SSA, Annual Registration Statement of Identifying Separated Participants With Deferred Vested Benefits

Fill-in Forms are available for Form 4419, Application for Filing Information Returns Electronically (FIRE) and Form 8809, Extension of Time to File Information Returns.  IRS does not provide an electronic fill-in form option for filing information returns. 

Forms W-2 are filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA). For more information, log on to SSA's employer page.

Contact the IRS for information return and electronic filing assistance Monday through Friday

1-866-455-7438 Toll Free

1-304-263-8700 International

1-304-579-4827 Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD)

The numbers listed above cannot provide assistance with individual taxpayer returns or account related issues.  For assistance options, see Help & Resources

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 27-Apr-2017