IRS will only issue guidance on electronic filing of information returns in pubs on its website going forward

The IRS has announced that, beginning in 2013, it will cease issuing revenue procedures containing guidance for electronic filing of information returns. Instead, the IRS will make this type of guidance, which includes Publication 1220 for Forms 1099, 3921, 3922, and 5498, and Publication 4810 for Form 8955-SSA, available as publications on

In addition, the website for information returns on has been redesigned and will be available by September 30, 2013. The website will contain links to the above publications, record specifications and layouts, and other helpful information for filing information returns. To access the website go to and search for “filing information returns”.

The IRS notes that Publication 1220 will be available by mid to late September 2013 and Publication 4810 will be available by September 30, 2013. Also, the test system for Filing Information Returns Electronically (FIRE) will be available beginning on November 12, 2013.

Source: IRS Announcement 2013-40.

For more information on this and related topics, consult the CCH Pension Plan Guide, CCH Employee Benefits Management, and Spencer’s Benefits Reports.

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