The IRS has issued a notice addressing the availability of administrative exemptions from the requirement to file certain returns and other documents in electronic form. The notice also addresses the availability of information about the procedure to request a waiver of the requirement to file electronically Forms 1120, 1120-S, 1120-F, and 1065. In addition, thr IRS has provided information about resources pertaining to failed attempts to electronically file Forms 1120, 1120-S, and 1120-F using IRS filing systems.

Administrative Exemptions and Waivers of Requirements to E-File

The IRS has updated the Electronic Filing Regulations which provide for certain administrative exemptions from the electronic filing requirement. Sections 301.6011-2 (general electronic filing requirement), 301.6011-3 (for partnership returns), 301.6011-5 (for corporate income tax returns), and 301.6037-2 (for S corporation returns), as amended by the Updated Electronic Filing Regulations, provide for an administrative exemption from the electronic filing requirement for filers of the returns or other documents described in those regulations for whom using the technology required to file electronically conflicts with their religious beliefs (religious exemption). Filers are encouraged to notify the IRS in advance that they are claiming a religious exemption by filing a Form 8508, Application for Waiver from Electronic Filing of Information Returns, in accordance with the form’s instructions.

Moreover, filers of Forms 1120 and 1120-F under § 301.6011-5 (for corporate income tax returns), Form 1120-S under § 301.6037-2 (for S corporation returns), and Form 1065 under §301.6011-3 (for partnership returns), claiming the religious exemption must not file Form 8508. Instead, those filers must file returns and other documents in paper form following the paper filing requirements provided by applicable IRS revenue procedures, publications, forms, instructions, or other guidance.

Filers of Forms 1120, 1120-S, 1120-F, and 1065, who qualify for a religious exemption must print in bold letters “Religious Exemption at the top of page 1 of the return they file in paper form. Filers who qualify for the religious exemption for the Forms 1120, 1120-S, 1120-F, and 1065, are not subject to the electronic filing waiver procedure that is available to other filers, which requires advance application and approval from the IRS before filing in paper form.

Finally, certain provisions of the Updated Electronic Filing Regulations authorize the Commissioner to provide other administrative exemptions from the electronic filing requirement to promote effective and efficient tax administration.

Lastly, the notice has obsoleted Notice 2010-13, 2010-4 I.R.B. 327 (January 25, 2010), Form 1120, Form 1120-F, Form 1120S, Form 990, and Form 990-PF Electronic Filing Waiver Request Procedures, and has modified Notice 2023-60, as released on August 11, 2023, but not published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin.