Third-party services: Payroll programs and services are available for purchase from third-party vendors which will automate this process for you.
If you choose to submit your file through third-party software or services, you do not need to read the following technical instructions for transmission. However, some third-party software or services will only create the file to transmit but do not transmit it for you. In these cases, you must register and transmit the file yourself.
Note: If you already have a MyTax Illinois account, you may also submit your W-2Gs and other Forms 1099 (not Forms 1099-K) through MyTax Illinois.
W-2G and 1099 Transmittal Program
Register – Obtain your W-2G/1099 transmitter ID and test and production passwords. If you have registered in the past and have ETIN/Logon ID and passwords, those credentials are valid year to year. If you already have an existing ETIN/Logon ID and passwords for other Illinois programs, you may use those for the W-2 program as well. If you are using a third-party service or program you may not need to register to transmit. Check with your payroll service or software program to see if it includes W-2 file transmission. Note: You must be registered to file at least one business day before sending a file. Click here to register as a W-2/1099 Transmitter.
Create your file to transmit. Develop the file following the
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Publication 1220, Specifications for Electronic Filing of Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, and W-2G,
- additional Illinois requirements in our Forms W-2G and 1099 Electronic Filing Program Guide. (Important: PDF files or spreadsheet files, such as Excel, are not accepted.)
Transmitting the file to Illinois - Gateway Method: Write your own custom code for automated processing or run our
HttpsPost Utility Program (requires download/upload) to transmit your file. See
instructions and system requirements (HttpsPost Utility and User Guide). The HttpsPost Utility Program transfers files to and from the Illinois Department of Revenue's (IDOR) Gateway server via the Internet using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. The utility runs as a stand-alone application under Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, 7 and 10. The HttpsPost Utility Program supports both a graphical user interface (GUI) mode of operation as well as a command line mode suitable for batch processing. Please see Forms W-2G and 1099 Electronic Transmission Program Guide for more information on using the HttpsPost Utility Program to submit forms W-2G and 1099.Bulk filers and third-party payroll programs and services may prefer to transmit W-2G and 1099 files by interfacing directly with Illinois Department of Revenue's (IDOR) Gateway.
Transmit your file for test and production data.
Test data –We will begin accepting test transmissions of the current year’s W-2G and 1099 data on November 1, 2021. When online registration was completed, a transmitter ID, test password, and production password were provided to you. Use the test password to transmit your test file to IDOR. Any information transmitted using the test password will be treated as test data and is
not considered “live” data. To obtain your test results, you must reenter the system at least 30 minutes after your transmission to retrieve the acknowledgment (see “Retrieve your transmission acknowledgment” below).
Production data –Transmit your production data with the same transmittal method used in your successful test transmission. Use the production password provided to you during registration. To obtain your transmission results, you must reenter the system at least 30 minutes after your transmission to retrieve the acknowledgment (see “Retrieve your transmission acknowledgment” below).
Retrieve your transmission acknowledgment* (proof of filing)
- If you transmit with your own custom code or the HttpsPost Utility Program, you may also use
your own custom code or the HttpsPost Utility Program to retrieve an acknowledgment file which contains information about whether the file was accepted or rejected. To read the content of the acknowledgment file, please see the Forms W-2G and 1099 Electronic Transmission Program Guide.
Important note about proof of filing:
You must retrieve your transmission acknowledgment
within 60 days. The Illinois Department of Revenue will not send the acknowledgment to you.
Your filing requirements are
not met until you receive an “Accepted” transmission acknowledgment from Illinois.
Do not transmit current year W-2G or 1099 data prior to January 3, 2022. Prior year Forms W-2G and 1099 can be transmitted at any time.
W-2Gs and 1099s must be submitted to the Illinois Department of Revenue no later than
March 31 of the year following the year of the withholding.
Any time a due date falls on a weekend or state recognized holiday, we adjust the due date to the next business day.
Businesses that make a reasonable and good faith effort to comply with the deadline will not be penalized.
General record-keeping requirements
You must maintain employee Forms W-2, W-2c, W-2G, 1099 series, or other withholding tax records for a period of three years from the due date or payment date, whichever is later.