1040 Fastfile FAQs

  1. Am I eligible to electronically 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 Form 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 electronically?
  8. 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 at www.maine.gov/revenue/netfile/efile.htm.

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

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

Yes. 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.

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

No. In addition to doing away with e-file 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.

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4. 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 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.

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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.

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6. Where is my refund?

Please check our 1040 Refund Status web page at https://portal.maine.gov/refundstatus/ 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 four weeks and the information you find there is not helpful, then please call Maine’s Income Tax Division at 207-626-8475.

Updated: February 20, 2019

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

Yes, for 2016, 2017 and 2018 returns only. For returns prior to 2016, you must amend on paper forms and mail them to Maine Revenue Services.

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

MRS has access to IRS approved EFINS through their 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 federally, then Maine automatically accepts e-file individual income tax returns.

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Revised: August 2018