IRS Blackout Returns!

That’s right Trucking Nation, it’s back! The
dreaded IRS system blackout returns Saturday, December 26th. Every year the IRS shuts down its MEF (Modernized E-file System) at the year’s end for “maintenance.” They’ve said the blackout will end the first week in January but haven’t indicated an exact date yet.

What This Means for You

Ok, don’t panic. If you use ExpressTruckTax, we’ve got all the bases covered for you. You can still prepare your Form 2290 with us during the blackout. We’ll hold your form ready to be transmitted to the IRS as soon as the maintenance ends. The only difference is that you won’t be able to receive your stamped Schedule 1 until after the IRS resumes accepting returns. You’ll receive your Schedule 1 within minutes after the maintenance is over.

Another important thing to remember is that the IRS won’t be time-stamping e-filed returns during this period. So you’ll need to get your return in by December 26th in order for your return to be considered on time if you are required to file by the December 31st deadline for those with first-used months of November 2015.

So remember that we’ve got your backs, Trucking Nation. And if you’ve got any questions at all about the blackout, or even about ExpressTruckTax in general, don’t hesitate to call us at 704.234.6005 or email us at We’re available to assist you in English and Spanish with any help you might need.

Hopefully now the blackout won’t catch you by surprise. ExpressTruckTax always keeps you up-to-date on all things truck tax. And it’s our pleasure to keep doing so.


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