1040 FastFile FAQ

  1. Am I eligible to electronically file with Maine?
  2. Has my return been accepted?
  3. 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?
  4. Where is my refund?
  5. I need to amend my Maine income tax return. Can I do this electronically?
  6. What is Maine's e-file application process for out-of-state Electronic Return Originators (ERO's)?

1. Am I eligible to electronically file with Maine?

Most Maine residents and certain qualified nonresidents are eligible to use Maine's free I-File application. If you were a nonresident for the calendar year with zero Maine income tax before claiming the nonresident credit OR if all your income is sourced to Maine and you do not need to complete Schedule NR, you may qualify to use I-File.

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.

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

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2. Has my return been accepted?

I-File issues a confirmation number to indicate that a return has been accepted.

E-File issues an acknowledgement. If you feel that an E-File return has successfully been transmitted and you have not received an acknowledgement within 48 hours, then 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.

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3. 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.

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4. Where is my refund?

Check our 1040 Refund Status web page at www.maine.gov/revenue (click on ‘Where is my Refund?’) for the status of your refund.

If your e-file return has been accepted by Maine, you have not received your refund within four to six weeks, and the information you find there is not helpful, call Maine Revenue Services (“MRS”) at (207) 624-9784.

Revised: March 30, 2020

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5. I need to amend my Maine income tax return. Can I do this electronically?

Yes, e-file supports filing original and amended returns for the current year and the two immediately preceding tax years.

I-file supports original and amended returns for the current year only.

For prior year income tax returns you must amend on paper forms (Form 1040ME) and mail them to MRS.

Revised: March 30, 2020

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6. What is Maine's e-file application process for out-of-state Electronic Return Originators (ERO's)?

MRS has access to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) approved electronic filing identification numbers through the IRS database, so it is not necessary to fax or email federal acceptance letters to us. Once you are accepted by the IRS to e-file a federal income tax return, then MRS automatically accepts e-filed Maine individual income tax returns.

Revised: March 30, 2020

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