The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the modernized e-file (MeF) system will be temporarily unavailable for a time this Sunday due to scheduled maintenance. As a result, federal and Rhode Island e-filing will be unavailable during the period.
The MeF system shutdown begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday, September 20, 2020, and ends at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time the same day.
The IRS will not be accepting electronically filed federal tax returns during the period. Also, the joint fed-state e-file program will be unavailable during the period. Therefore, Rhode Island returns transmitted via e-file during the period will not be transmitted to the state. Tax preparers and taxpayers should plan accordingly.
- The joint fed-state e-file program is a cooperative tax-filing effort between the IRS and most states, including Rhode Island. In general, it allows for federal and state returns to be e-filed simultaneously to the IRS. Once the returns are filed, the IRS keeps the federal portion; the state portion is passed along electronically to the applicable state.