Navigating the 2024 IRS Electronic Filing Requirement: A Guide for Employers

As we usher in the new year, employers face a significant regulatory change from the IRS: the requirement to electronically file over 10 W-2s or 1099s. This mandate aims to streamline tax reporting processes and enhance efficiency. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the details of this requirement, including deadlines for filing W-2s and 1099s with the IRS, as well as deadlines for distributing these forms to recipients.

Understanding the Electronic Filing Requirement:

Effective for tax year 2024, employers must electronically file W-2s and 1099s with the IRS if they have more than 10 forms to submit. This requirement applies to both W-2s for employees and 1099s for independent contractors and other non-employee compensation.

Deadlines for Filing with the IRS:

The deadline for electronically filing W-2s and 1099s with the IRS is January 31st of the following year. This means that for tax year 2023, the deadline to submit these forms electronically to the IRS is January 31, 2024. It’s crucial for employers to adhere to this deadline to avoid potential penalties for late filing.

Deadline for Distributing Forms to Recipients:

In addition to filing with the IRS, employers are also required to provide W-2s to employees and 1099s to recipients by January 31st. This deadline ensures that individuals have the necessary information to accurately file their tax returns.

Benefits of Electronic Filing:

While the electronic filing requirement may present a change for some employers, it offers several benefits. Electronic filing streamlines the tax reporting process, reduces paperwork, and minimizes the risk of errors associated with manual data entry. Additionally, electronic filing can expedite the processing of tax returns and refunds for employees and recipients.

Preparing for Compliance:

To ensure compliance with the IRS electronic filing requirement, employers should:

  1. Review Reporting Obligations: Determine whether you are required to electronically file W-2s and 1099s based on the number of forms you need to submit.
  2. Select an Electronic Filing Method: Choose a reputable electronic filing service or software provider to facilitate the submission of W-2s and 1099s to the IRS.
  3. Verify Data Accuracy: Double-check all information on W-2s and 1099s for accuracy before filing electronically to avoid discrepancies or errors.
  4. Communicate with Recipients: Inform employees and recipients of the electronic filing process and ensure they receive their W-2s and 1099s by the January 31st deadline.


As employers navigate the 2024 IRS electronic filing requirement, proactive planning and adherence to deadlines are essential. By understanding the requirements, leveraging electronic filing methods, and ensuring data accuracy, employers can streamline tax reporting processes and maintain compliance with IRS regulations. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates and insights on navigating the evolving landscape of payroll and tax compliance.

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