A number of different IRS systems and services will be unavailable at different points over the Columbus Day Weekend.

The IRS Modernized e-File system will conduct its annual Columbus Day power outage beginning this Saturday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and ending on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 5 a.m. ET. The MeF systems will unavailable during this time.

States that schedule retrieval of their state submissions may have to change their schedule in order to retrieve submissions in time to validate returns and submit acknowledgements by 2:30 p.m. ET on October 11. Anything not retrieved through MeF by 3 p.m. ET cannot be accessed again until MeF re-opens on Oct. 14.

Also, the MeF Assurance Testing System will be offline starting at 3 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 11 until 9 a.m., Monday, Nov 3, 2014. The scheduled cutover includes system enhancements, loading the 2015 WSDLs, schemas, and business rules into ATS.

See more at the IRS MeF Status page.

Similarly, the IRS portal that supports e-services (registration, Transcript Delivery Services, TIN matching and e-file application) will be unavailable for processing from approximately 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 11, until 5 a.m. ET on Tuesday, October 14.

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