Friday, November 20, 2015

Practitioner Alert: Annual e-file shutdown

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation reminds tax professionals that tomorrow is the annual e-file production shutdown and switchover. As a result, tomorrow is when Rhode Island will stop accepting e-filed personal and business returns for tax year 2014.

“Each year, we temporarily close our system to e-filing in order to prepare the system for the upcoming filing season, just as the Internal Revenue Service and many other jurisdictions do at this time of year,” said Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan. This year, the shutdown will occur on Saturday, November 21, 2015, he said.

“To ensure that all e-filed Rhode Island returns for tax year 2014 on Form RI-1040, Form RI-1120C, Form RI-1120S, and Form RI-1065 are processed in a timely manner, transmitters must abide by the schedule,” Sullivan said. “All e-filed returns for tax year 2014 will have a transmission deadline of 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 21, 2015. To avoid any last-minute logjams, preparers and taxpayers should get their electronic submissions to their transmitters well in advance of the deadlines,” he said.

For e-file purposes, Rhode Island accepts only current-year returns. Thus, November 21, 2015, is 
the deadline for e-filing Rhode Island personal and business tax returns for the 2014 tax year. When the switchover is complete and the Division of Taxation reopens to e-filing in January 2016, it will be only for returns for the 2015 tax year, Sullivan noted. For more information, click here.