IRS has requested that we suspend the usage of the modernized e-file (Mef) system for a few days, possibly up to a week. We made this transition to legacy e-file today, Saturday, February 11th, at 12:00 noon EST. We do not know when we will be able to transition back to Mef.
As many of you know, there have been – and continue to be – many federal refunds delayed this year. IRS is currently processing quickly in the Mef system, but a downstream process has a backlog due to some internal issues they have had. They are working on resolving those issues and hope to have them resolved in a matter of days.
What the transition to legacy means for preparers is that ACKs will NOT be back within minutes … it will take anywhere from 1 hour to 10 hours, depending on what time of day you transmit. We are back to the legacy drain schedule of prior years. Those drain times are 12:00 noon EST., 6:00 pm, and 2:00 am local service center time.
The good news is that the returns transmitted to legacy during this time should not experience refund delays.
To see a copy of the communications from IRS, click here.