IRS Final Rule on Electronic Filing Requirements has left OMB

A final rule from the IRS titled “Electronically Filed Returns” has left The Office of Management and Budget.

The IRS released a proposed rule in July 2021 regarding electronic filing requirements for certain information returns, pursuant to the Taxpayer First Act of 2019. The proposed regulations reduce the threshold above which filers must electronically file from 250 to 100 returns for the 2022 calendar year. For filings required after calendar year 2022, the threshold would be further reduced to 10 returns.

A February 2022 publication of the 2022 tax year General Instructions for Certain Information Returns (Forms 1096, 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, and W-2G) released by the IRS indicates its intent to issue regulations that reduce the 250-return requirement for 2022 tax returns, and that if final regulations are issued and effective for 2022 tax returns required to be filed in 2023, IRS will provide further communication regarding the change. Until final regulations are issued, however, the number remains at 250, as reflected in these instructions.