What if IRS Rejects your eFiled 1040 or an Extension after the Deadline !

Federal tax returns and extensions have to be filed by midnight your local time on the normal due date of the return, i.e  April 17, 2018. It may just happen that your e-filed 1040 return or an extension is rejected by IRS before the deadline. That situation is quite perplexing. You may be wondering what to do now because the tax deadline to file tax return or extension has gone.


Don’t worry! Perfection Period is here!

The perfection period is a grace period of five days for 1040 returns and Form 4868 extensions. So for example , the tax year 2019, for which filing deadline is 15th April 2020, the perfection period will end on April 25, 2020. You should note that the grace period of five days is available to only those who filed their tax return timely.In that case, that you had filed and for some reason, your efiled return or extension was rejected by IRS, you can retransmit within those five days of grace period.If you transmit after the perfection period, your filing will be regarded as late filing.

Grace Period for e-Filed Return

The list of grace period for submitting the e-filed returns or e-filed extension.

 E-Filed ReturnsE-Filed Extensions
10405 Calendar Days5 Calendar Days
10415 Calendar Days5 Calendar Days
1120*10 Calendar Days5 Calendar Days
1065*10 Calendar Days5 Calendar Days
99010 Calendar Days5 Calendar Days

Can you file a paper return after thee-filed return was rejected?

Yes, you can file a paper return keeping in mind following important points  :

  1. The return or extension must be filed by the later of the due date of the return or ten calendar days after the date the IRS gives notification that it rejected the return.
  2. The return or extension should include
    1. an explanation of why it is being filed after the due date, and
    2. a copy of the electronic rejection notification.
  3. A return or extension must be signed by the taxpayer and preparer.

If you want to read more on the aforesaid topic, follow  IRS publication Pub. 4164h  page 30 of Pub. 1345 

IRS Rejection Codes for Returns

Most common rejection reason for a tax return is erroneous Social Security number (SSN) or Taxpayer Identification Number doesn’t match the taxpayer’s name or you misspelled a name or the payer’s identification number, such as your employer’s Employer Identification Number, isn’t correct. Here is list of most common rejection codes and its meaning.

Rejection CodeMeaning
0029This rejection code 0029 shows that the IRS does not currently have your EFIN registered and/or in a valid status in their database.
0501: This rejection code 0501 indicates that the Social Security Number and last name entered for the qualifying child does not match Social Security Number of the dependent on Schedule EIC, Earned Income Credit, must match data from the IRS Master File.
502Reject Code 0502 indicates that the EIN (Employer Identification Number) entered on a W-2 or a 1099 is not correct.
503 Reject Code 0503 indicates that the Spouse’s Social Security Number and the first 4 letters of the spouse’s last name do not match IRS records.
504IRS Reject Code 0504 indicates that a dependent’s Social Security Number (SSN) and the first four letters of the dependent’s last name do not match IRS records.
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