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e-file for Business and Self-Employed Taxpayers


Program Overview
Whether you're a business, big or small, or are self-employed you'll find an e-file for business filing option that meets your needs. Use IRS e-file for Employment Tax Returns, Information Returns, Partnerships, Corporations, Estates & Trusts, plus Exempt Organizations.


  • The IRS is making it easier for you to conduct business electronically.
  • Ask your tax professional about filing and paying electronically.
  • Quick - Just hit Send! Or tell your preparer "I want the safety and speed of IRS e-file."
  • Easy - There is a 99 percent accuracy rate.
  • Smart! - Within 48 hours, the IRS sends an official acknowledgement that your return was received. Owe money? You can authorize an electronic withdrawal from your savings or checking account or use a credit card to pay your taxes.

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Electronic Filing Options for Business Returns
Find a complete list of  business returns that can be filed electronically. 

Electronic Payment Options are convenient, safe and secure methods for paying taxes.  If you have a balance due, you can e-file and pay in a single step by authorizing an electronic funds withdrawal from your bank account.  Self-employed filers can also pay by credit card. 

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Electronic Federal Tax Payment System - A free service offered by the U.S. Treasury.  Pay all federal taxes electronically - on-line or by phone 24/7.  EFTPS is ideal for making recurring payments such as estimated tax payments and federal tax deposits (FTDs).  Visit the EFTPS site to enroll.

Modernized e-file (MeF) for Partnerships
This web page provides an overview of electronic filing and more detailed information for those partnerships that prepare and transmit their own income tax returns using MeF. Partnerships that rely upon third party tax professionals to prepare and transmit their tax returns should consult their tax professional.

e-file for Large and Mid-Size Corporations
Certain large and mid-size corporations are required to electronically file their Forms 1120 and 1120 S. Other corporations may do so voluntarily. This Web page  provides e-file information for corporations that prepare and transmit their own electronic corporate income tax returns and those that use the services of third-party tax professionals. 

Business e-file Providers
Business taxpayers will find a list of companies who offer IRS e-file for Business products and services. The listing of approved business e-file providers contains links to each company's Web site as well as addresses and phone numbers.

Business e-file Partners
The IRS has partnered with various private industry companies to bring you special offers and discounts just for using their business e-file and payment products.

Social Security Administration's (SSA's) Employer Information Web site
Learn how to submit Form W-2 data electronically.

Employment Taxes for Small Businesses 
A wealth of information for your employment tax filing needs.

Form SS-4, Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online Application
If you've determined that you need an EIN, you can use the online EIN application to submit your information. However, be aware that not all entity types may apply online.

Small Business and Self-Employed Community
If you run a small business or are self-employed, this site is for you. It offers industry/profession specific information and provides links to other helpful non-IRS sites.

Attention Financial Institutions and Employers
Partner with reputable businesses approved by the IRS and provide tax preparation and e-file services to your employees and customers.

Sponsor IRS e-file as an Employee Benefit
For Employers, Businesses and Organizations.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: February 04, 2009