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Maine E-File Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Am I eligible to e-file with Maine?
2.  I did not receive an e-file PIN from Maine this year. Can I still e-file my return?
3.  I cannot locate the 1040ME-EL electronic signature document. Do I need to sign one?
4.  Has my return been accepted?
5.  I’ve received some reject codes on an e-file return.  How do I find out what they mean so I can fix the problem and retransmit the return?
6.  Where is my refund?
7.  I need to amend my Maine income tax return.  Can I do this through e-file?


1.  Am I eligible to e-file with Maine?

Most residents, part-year residents and nonresidents are eligible to e-file their individual income tax returns.  We require that you use tax software that has been approved by Maine.  Not all software packages support all of the Maine tax forms that you will be required to use for your filing.  Choose carefully.  Contact the software company if you find that the software you have purchased does not fit your Maine tax-filing needs.  Learn more about Maine e-file and online filing options at http://www.maine.gov/revenue/netfile/EFileDesc.htm .

Also, some Maine tax forms cannot be e-filed.  Paper-filing is required in some cases.

2.  I did not receive an e-file PIN from Maine this year. Can I still e-file my return?

In an effort to offer completely "paperless" filing, Maine Revenue Services no longer assigns or requires PIN's for e-file purposes. The act of transmitting electronically is considered the signature.

3.  I cannot locate the 1040ME-EL electronic signature document. Do I need to sign one?

In addition to doing away with PIN's, Maine also no longer requires an electronic signature document to be used. The forms that once accompanied the 1040ME-EL (W-2’s, 1099’s, other signed documents) no longer need to be mailed either.

4.  Has my return been accepted?

If you feel that a return has successfully been transmitted and you have not received an acknowledgement within 48 hours, then please contact the software company that transmitted the return to Maine.  Maine processes electronic returns as soon as they are received and the acknowledgements are immediately posted for the transmitter to pick up.  It is the responsibility of the software company transmitting the returns to Maine to pass along acknowledgements to taxpayers in a timely and efficient manner.  If they do not have the acknowledgement information that you are looking for, they will contact Maine’s E-File Helpdesk themselves.

5.  I’ve received some reject codes on an e-file return.  How do I find out what they mean so I can fix the problem and retransmit the return?

The software that you are using should give you some indication what the problem is.  If not, please contact your software company for assistance.

6.  Where is my refund?

Please check our 1040 Refund Status web page at https://revenue.mrs.state.me.us/refstat/ for the status of your refund.  (Click ‘Refresh’ or try clicking the link again if it does not come up on the first try.)

If your e-file return has been accepted by Maine, you have not received your refund within 14 business days and the information you find there is not helpful, then please call Maine’s Income Tax Division at 207-626-8475.

7.  I need to amend my Maine income tax return.  Can I do this through e-file?

No.  You must amend on paper forms and mail them to Maine Revenue Services.

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