ELF FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Electronic Filing?
The Electronic Filing Program enables taxpayers to send their tax returns electronically instead
of producing and mailing a paper return. It is a fast and efficient system that provides benefits to the taxpayer and the State.
How does it work?
The actual process begins when electronically prepared returns are sent to the IRS. The IRS will post all New Jersey returns for retrieval by the State. The State downloads these returns and processes them. At each step, both the IRS and the State send acknowledgments back that indicate that the return was received and whether accepted or rejected.
How can I do it?
You may either prepare your own return electronically or you may have a tax professional do
it for you. You can get more details from our Individual Filing Page or from a tax professional.
Are there step by step instructions?
The software product that you purchase should have clear and easy to follow instructions for
completing and filing your electronic return. In many cases the software companies provide telephone numbers for technical support and help desk assistance.
What returns can I file this way?
You may file just your Federal income tax return along with your New Jersey income tax return (linked), or your New Jersey income tax return separately (Unlinked). Typically the New Jersey Return is only filed separately when for some reason the Federal Return is not ready to be filed.
The following Income Tax types can be filed through the Fed\State MeF e-File Program:
For a detailed listing of accepted forms\schedules please visit: New Jersey MeF Applications.
- Personal Income Tax (Current year plus prior 2 years)
- Partnership Income Tax (Current Year plus prior year, as well as future year return)
- Corporate Income Tax (Current year plus prior 2 years)
Are there any limitations?
Yes, when a return meets one of the criteria listed below:
What are the benefits from filing electronically?
- Full-year resident filing a joint return with a part-year resident
- Or, a full or part-year resident filing jointly with a non-resident.
- NJ-1040 with out-of-country addresses.
- Also, New Jersey cannot exceed he number of schedules permitted by the IRS.
There are a number of benefits from taking advantage of this method of filing your income tax return.
You can always contact the Division of Taxation's Hotline at (609) 292-6400 and/or stop by one of Taxation's Offices - for walk in assistance.
- You will know within a few days that your return has been received and whether or not it has been accepted or rejected.
- Your return won't 'get lost'.
- Your return is less likely to have errors.
- If you have a balance due, you can file early and forward your check separately. Your payment still has to be in by April 15th.
What happens if I make a mistake on my electronic return?
The software that you use should prevent mathematical errors. For Personal Income Tax New Jersey offers the ability to file the NJ1040X\Amended return electronically. Please check with your software developer to find out if they support the form.
Where can I get more information?
You can call the New Jersey Division of Taxation's Hotline at (609) 292-6400, visit our Individual Filing Page, - or contact a tax professional.