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Tax Year 2018 News For W-2/1099 Electronic Filing

Important News Regarding W-2 Wage Statement and 1099 Information Returns Electronic Filing Information for Tax Year 2018.

What changed?

  • All businesses withholding Iowa taxes are required to file W-2s and 1099s for tax year 2018.
  • No entities are exempt from filing for tax year 2018.

What am I required to file?

  • Businesses with W-2s with Iowa tax withholding in tax year 2018 must electronically file by 1/31/2019.
  • Businesses with 50 or more Iowa W-2s in tax year 2017 who received a filing extension for tax year 2017 must electronically file on or before 1/31/2019.

What is optional?

Any business registered with an Iowa withholding permit and/or filing using a bulk filer may submit 1099 and w-2s with no Iowa withholding information for tax year 2018.

IDR will not issue permits and Business eFile Numbers (BENs) for purposes of electronically filing 1099s or W-2s with no withholding.

Can IDR make filing easier?

The Department is working with software vendors to register and test software prior to the 1/31/2019 filing deadline. As a result, IDR will be able to guide businesses who are required to file W-2s and/or 1099s for tax year 2018 to a list of vendors who have completed testing, offer their software services for sale, and who support the IA W-2 and 1099 file formats.  Sign up for email updates to learn more about these services.

When will I know if the IDR proposal was approved?

Sign up for email updates.   Stay tuned in to these email bulletins for updates about Iowa’s W-2/1099 filing program.  When more information is available, IDR will notify you.