Catalog Number 63499V www.irs.gov
8508 (Rev. 9-2018)
Purpose of Form. Use this form to request a waiver from filing
electronically for the current tax year. Request a waiver from filing
electronically for the current tax year for the following form: Forms W-2,
W-2AS, W-2G, W-2GU, W-2PR, W-2VI, 1042-S, 1097-BTC, 1098 Series,
1099 Series, 3921, 3922, 5498 Series, 8027, or Affordable Care Act
(ACA) Forms 1095-B, 1095-C or an Authoritative Transmittal Form
1094-C (Refer to Instructions for Form 1094-C and 1095-C). Complete a
Form 8508 for each Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). You may use
one Form 8508 for multiple types of forms. After evaluating your request,
an approval or denial letter will be issued.
If you request a waiver for Form 8027, Employer’s Annual
Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips include a
copy of the approved waiver when filing paper Forms 8027. Do
not send a copy of the approved waiver when filing any other
paper information returns.
Note: When completing this form, type or print clearly in BLACK ink.
Block 1. Indicate the type of submission by checking the "Original" or
"Reconsideration" box. An original submission is your first request for a
waiver for the current year. A reconsideration indicates that you are
submitting additional information you think may reverse a denial of an
originally submitted request.
Note: You cannot request a waiver for a prior or future calendar year.
Block 2. Enter the name and complete address of the payer.
Block 3. Enter the nine-digit taxpayer identification number (TIN)
[employer identification number (EIN) or social security number (SSN)] of
Block 4. Enter the telephone number and email address of the person to
contact if additional information is needed.
Block 5. Check the box(es) beside the form(s) for which the waiver is
Block 5a. For each type of information return checked, enter the total
number of forms you expect to file on paper.
Block 5b. Provide an estimate of the total number of information returns
you expect to file for the following tax year.
Block 6. Indicate whether or not this waiver is requested for corrections
only. If you request a waiver for original documents and it is approved,
you will automatically receive a waiver for corrections. However, if you
can submit your original returns electronically, and are requesting to
submit corrections on paper, a waiver must be requested for corrections
Block 7. If this is the first time you have requested a waiver for any of
the forms listed in Block 5, for any tax year, check “YES”
and skip to Block 9, Signature. However, if you have requested a waiver
in the past and check “NO,” complete Block 8 to establish undue
Note: Under Regulations Section 301.6011-2(c)(2),“The principal
factor in determining hardship will be the amount, if any, by which
the cost of filing the information returns in accordance with this
section exceeds the cost of filing the returns on other media.”
Block 8. Enter the current cost estimates from two service bureaus or
other third parties. These cost estimates must reflect the total amount
that each service bureau will charge for software, software upgrades,
programming for your current system, or costs to prepare your electronic
file only. If you do not provide two written cost estimates from service
bureaus or other third parties, we will automatically deny your request.
Cost estimates from prior years will not be accepted.
Note: If your request is not due to undue hardship, as defined
above, attach a detailed explanation of why you need a waiver.
Block 9. The waiver request must be signed by the payer or a person
duly authorized to sign a return; or who has the ability to execute
agreements that are contractual and legally enforceable against the
business. A transmitter cannot sign Form 8508 for the payer, unless a
power of attorney has been established. If you have a power of attorney,
attach a copy to this form.
When to File. You should file Form 8508 at least 45 days before the due
date of the returns for which you are requesting a waiver. Refer to
General Instructions for Certain Information Returns, Publication 1239,
Specifications for Electronic Filing of Form 8027, Employer's Annual
Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips, and ACA Forms
1095-B, 1095-C and 1094-C Form Instructions for the due dates. Waiver
requests will be processed beginning January 1st of the calendar year
for which the returns are due.
Note: Beginning in January 1, 2017, Forms W-2 and 1099-MISC with
non-employee compensation are required to be filed by January 31,
2017, which is the same day copies are required to be sent to the
Where to File By Mail:
Internal Revenue Service
Attn: Extension of Time Coordinator
240 Murall Drive Mail Stop 4360
Kearneysville, WV 25430
Please either fax or mail, do not do both.
For additional information on filing of information returns electronically,
contact the IRS at:
866-455-7438 (Toll free)
Penalty. If you are required to file electronically but fail to do so and you
do not have an approved waiver on record, you may be subject to a
penalty. For more information refer to General Instructions for Certain
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice. We ask for the information on these
forms to carry out the Internal Revenue Laws of the United States. You
are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is
subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid
OMB control number. Books or records relating to a form must be
retained as long as their contents may become material in the
administration of any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax returns and
return information are confidential, as required by Code section 6103.
The time needed to provide this information would vary depending on
individual circumstances. The estimated average time is:
Preparing Form 8508 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 min.
If you have comments concerning the accuracy of these time estimates
or suggestions for making this form simpler, we would be happy to hear
from you. You can write to the Internal Revenue Service, Tax Products
Coordinating Committee, SE:W:CAR:MP:T:T:SP, 1111 Constitution Ave.
NW, IR-6406, Washington, DC 20224.