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State eFiling Instructions
State eFiling Instructions

Here’s how to file your taxes electronically to select states at the same time you eFile the IRS or SSA.

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If E-filing is available for your state, it’s a quick and easy process to add your state taxes when you submit your Federal return.

(If you’ve already submitted your Federal return, you’ll need to follow a slightly different process to eFile your state. See eFile a state after federal eFiling.)

Step 1. Review your data

Don’t overlook this important step! Remember, once your file is transferred electronically, all associated files are locked for editing. You can no longer make any changes in Tax Forms Helper Online to your form or your payer record.

Give your data a thorough review to ensure names and addresses are correct and your data is entered or updated correctly for the current tax season.

Step 2. eFile & select your forms

Click the eFile tab, far right on the menu bar.

You’ll notice new tabs on the eFile menu bar. Select the type of form you’re ready to eFile. So, to begin a 1099-MISC state eFile, click “1099-MISC”.

Step 3. Select your services

The prices for State eFile, Federal eFile and Print & Mail Assistant are provided in the gray pricing box at left. Make your selections for each form from the list of available services.

If eFile is not available for your state, you won’t be able to select that option as in the example below.

TIP: If you’re eFiling federal and state taxes together, don’t forget to check both boxes. If you’ve already eFiled federal taxes, STOP and follow these instructions.

Next, add Print & Mail Assistant to send copies by First Class Mail® to your employees and recipients. Otherwise, you will need to send these forms by mail separately.

Make your selections and click “Proceed”.

Step 4. Check for errors

Next, if Tax Forms Helper identifies an error, it will list the record(s) that need to be corrected before you can proceed. Click the “OK” button to leave this menu.

Click the “Return to Tax Forms” tab on the menu bar to find the forms in question and make any necessary edits.

Remember to save any changes you make, and return to the eFile menu to try again until all errors are corrected.

Step 5. Add any missing state info

Some states may require additional information in order to accept an electronically filed form.

Click “Complete Reconciliation” to open the state instructions window where you’ll enter any missing information.

From the state instructions window, you can click the small “Instructions” link at the top of the page to view official instructions from your state.

Enter the requested data using the fields provided. When finished, click “Save”.

Step 6. Review your order

Tax Forms Helper will show your order details before you checkout. You’ll see a complete list of your selected services at the top of the page.

Just enter your payment information and click “Continue” to proceed.

Step 7. Submit your eFile—no revisions beyond this point!

Are you ready to eFile?

Click “Confirm Purchase” if your confirmation page looks correct.

Or click the “Return to Payment Information” link to make changes.

Once you’ve clicked “Confirm Purchase”, you’ll see the “Thank You” screen.

Tax Forms Helper will remind you to check for other important filing obligations your state may require.

See the resources on your eFile Status page and/or check with your state agency to verify that you’ve met all state filing requirements.

Next steps

You’ve eFiled your forms to the IRS/SSA and your state. Nice work!

  • You’ll get an email from us with your eFile date right away. This is the important confirmation that you’ve filed on time. Congrats!

  • If you used Print & Mail Assistant, there’s really nothing more to do.

  • If you didn’t use Print & Mail Assistant, you’ll still need to send copies to your employees and recipients by the copy B deadline. (See IRS deadlines for those dates.)

  • Tax Forms Helper will update you by email when your federal and state tax forms are processed. It may take up to 4 weeks for the IRS to process returns during periods of high demand.

Remember, your eFiling date remains the same, no matter when federal agencies or your state process your forms. Cross this off your to-do list—you’re done!

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