1099 Electronic Filing Basics

IRS FIRE Software

Use this IRS FIRE software to file 1099 forms electronically through the Filing Information Returns Electronically system (FIRE.IRS.GOV).

To file 1099 forms electronically, you must have software that generates a file according to the specifications in Publication 1220. The submission needs to be a flat file and it includes records such as Transmitter "T", Payer "A", Payee "B", End of Payer "C", State Totals "K" and so on.

The following forms are supported for filing with the IRS FIRE Software:

  • 1099-NEC Forms: Nonemployee Compensation
  • 1099-MISC Forms: Miscellaneous Income
  • 1099-INT Forms : Interest Income
  • 1099-DIV Forms : Dividends and Distributions
  • 1099-R Forms : Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement, etc.
  • 1098-T Forms : Tuition Statement.
  • 1099 K: Merchant Card and Third Party Network Payments.
  • 1099-B Forms : Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions.
  • 1099-PATR Forms : Taxable Distributions Received From Cooperatives.
  • 1099-OID Forms : Original Issue Discount.
  • 1099-S Forms: Proceeds From Real Estate Transactions.
  • 1098 Forms : Mortgage Interest Statement.
  • 1099-A Forms : Acquisition or Abandonment of Secured Property.
  • 1099-C Forms : Cancellation of Debt.

Remember when you file with the FIRE System you do not need to file 1096 forms since the information is already included in the submission.

In order to use IRS FIRE software you will need a TCC code, which is like a password to e-File with IRS.

You can follow this tutorial to obtain a FIRE TCC code.

One of the most common errors that you get when using the fire system is (Your file does not contain a complete set of T, A, B, C and F records) and this means you did not upload the correct file that is Publication 1220 format.

To use our software to create files that are ready to upload to the IRE FIRE System you need W2 Mate Software plus W2 Mate Option #4 (Electronic Filing).


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