TaxBandits Now Supports the E-Filling of Form 1042 for Tax Year 2023

An overview of the Form 1042 and how you can now file it easily with TaxBandits!

E-file Form 1042 with TaxBandits

As Tax Season continues, the IRS deadline just seems to keep coming! We are here to remind you about an IRS filing requirement that may affect your business – and that you can now e-file with TaxBandits!

This is Form 1042 and this tax return has been experiencing some buzz lately. 

In this blog, we’ll dive into what all the buzz is about, who is required to file this form, when it must be filed, and of course – how you can e-file this with the help of TaxBandits.

What is Form 1042?

Form 1042 is the Annual Withholding Tax Return for U.S. Source Income of Foreign Persons. The primary purpose of this form is to report the taxes withheld from payments made to foreign persons throughout the tax year. 

The IRS defines a foreign person as any non-resident alien (individual), foreign corporation, foreign partnership, foreign trust, or foreign estate. This form typically reports tax withholdings under Chapters 3 and 4.

Chapter 3 involves withholding on non-resident aliens and foreign corporations, while Chapter 4, commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), focuses on withholding for specified foreign financial institutions and non-financial foreign entities.

Who is Required to File Form 1042? 

Form 1042 is typically filed by withholding agents and intermediaries. Let’s take a closer look at what these are and what they do: 

Withholding Agent

Withholding agents are entities tasked with deducting and remitting taxes on payments to foreign entities. Their primary responsibility is to ensure compliance with IRS regulations by accurately withholding the required tax amounts from these payments.

This process serves as a fundamental aspect of cross-border financial transactions, where withholding agents act as key enforcers of tax obligations, guaranteeing that the appropriate taxes are withheld and promptly forwarded to the IRS.


Intermediaries play a crucial role in facilitating cross-border financial transactions. Their primary function is to assist in the smooth transfer of funds and information between payers and foreign recipients. Unlike withholding agents, intermediaries do not directly deduct taxes but serve as facilitators, ensuring efficient communication and seamless financial exchanges between parties involved.

In doing so, intermediaries contribute to the efficient flow of international transactions while abiding by regulatory requirements and compliance standards.

There are several different types of intermediaries – here are a few examples:

  • Qualified intermediary (QI).
  • Withholding foreign partnership (WP)
  • Withholding foreign trust (WT)
  • Nonqualified intermediary (NQI)
  • Non-withholding foreign partnership (NWP)
  • Non-withholding foreign trust (NWT)
  • Qualified derivatives dealer (QDD)
  • Qualified securities lender (QSL)
  • Foreign financial institution (FFI)
  • Registered deemed-compliant FFI (RDCFFI)
  • Participating FFI (PFFI)
  • Nonparticipating FFI
  • Recalcitrant account holder
  • Passive nonfinancial foreign entity (NFFE)

It is important to note that Qualified derivatives dealer (QDD) are required to complete and attach Schedule Q. This schedule is used to report their tax liability. 

What is the deadline for Filing Form 1042? 

The deadline for filing Form 1042 with the IRS is March 15, 2024

For business entities that may need additional time to gather information and file with the IRS, there is another option. There is an opportunity to file an IRS tax extension using Form 7004. 

IRS Form 7004 is an IRS tax extension form that is used to request additional time to file business tax returns. It is an automatic extension, meaning that as long as it is filed with accurate information and on/before the deadline (March 15, 2024) the IRS will approve it. 

To file Form 7004 online in minutes, check out our sister product, ExpressExtension. They offer smooth e-filing, instant IRS status updates, and excellent customer support – just like TaxBandits!

What is the Form 1042 “Buzz” about? 

It’s not often that a tax form causes a stir amongst businesses and tax professionals, but this has happened with the 1042. Originally, all intermediaries and withholding agents were going to be required to file 1042 electronically for the 2023 tax year. 

E-filing would be required based on these requirements:

  • If the withholding agents are filing more than 10 or more returns of any type during the same calendar year.
  • If a withholding agent is a partnership with more than 100 partners.
  • If the withholding agent is a financial institution.

However, the IRS released a notice recently providing an administrative exemption from e-filing Form 1042. Now, these agents and intermediaries are no longer required to e-file. 

While the IRS won’t enforce e-filing among these filers for the 2023 tax year, the IRS does recommend it. 

The Benefits of E-filing 1042 with TaxBandits!

Much like all the other tax forms that TaxBandits supports, the 1042 e-filing process comes with a number of time-saving features:

Internal Audit Checks:

TaxBandits uses IRS Business Rules to catch common errors before clients submit their forms. This ensures accurate filing and compliance.

Bulk Import for Faster Processing:

TaxBandits allows clients to quickly upload tax liability data in bulk, saving time for withholding agents handling multiple returns.

Supports Schedule Q (Form 1042):

TaxBandits supports Schedule Q (Form 1042) to meet client needs, especially for Qualified Derivatives Dealers (QDD). The integration of Schedule Q ensures compliance with IRS requirements.

E-Signature Options:

TaxBandits offers e-signature capabilities using Form 8453-WH or Form 8879-WH, eliminating the need for physical signatures and making the filing process more convenient, especially in virtual work environments.

There you have it- an overview of the 1042 Form and how to meet its filing deadline easily with TaxBandits!

Create a free TaxBandits account today to begin the process!

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