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Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns

If you think you may not be able to file your information returns by the forms filing due date, you may request an automatic 30-day extension of time to file.

  • The FIRE system provides the option to request a 30-day extension of time using the Fill-in Form 8809. You will need to create a FIRE Account to use this option, but you don't need a TCC.

  • Go to the Main Menu and select Extension of Time Request.

  • Select Fill-in Extension and enter the required information.

  • You will receive an instant approval of your original extension request if the application is completed and accepted.

  • Consider Form 8809 for extension to request an extension of time to file forms:

  • W-2, W-2G,
  • 1042-S,
  • 1094-C, 1095,
  • 1097, 1098, 1099,
  • 3921, 3922,
  • 5498, and
  • 8027.

  • For latest information, please visit IRS site

    Contact IRS if you need assistance

    The Technical Services Operation (TSO) is available to payers, transmitters, and employers at the numbers listed below. When you call you will be provided guidance to essential elements pertaining to technical aspects for electronic filing through the FIRE systems, self-help resources, and referrals to tax law topics on Below are some examples of essential elements:
  • Form identification
  • How to obtain a form
  • Provide related publications for a form or topic
  • FIRE File status information and guidance

  • Contact Technical Services Operation (TSO)

    Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST

  • 866-455-7438 Toll-free
  • 304-263-8700 International
  • The IRS welcomes calls via your choice of relay. Deaf or hard of hearing taxpayers using a relay service may call any of our toll-free numbers.