Can I E-File my W-2 or 1099 forms with your program?

In a word: Yes. Our E-Filer module, the recommended product for those attempting to e-file W-2 forms, makes 1099 and W-2 processing fast, efficient, and less expensive.

1099-etc provides two different electronic filing options: E-File Direct and E-Filing Services. Each filing option has its own benefits, and users are encouraged to choose the track that works best for their business. Below, we have broken down the benefits of each option, allowing you to choose the track that works best for your small business.

E-File Direct

The E-File Direct module allows users to e-file W-2 Forms and 1099 Forms with the IRS and SSA by creating a file in the required formats. This software-generated file is then transmitted to the necessary destination via the Internet using either the IRS “FIRE” system or the SSA “BSO”/”ACCUWAGE” system. Utilizing a flat-fee model, E-File Direct allows users to upload their data by producing files in the program’s directory. This is a simple and effective way to e-file w-2 forms.

E-Filing Services

Conversely, E-Filing Services allows business owners to e-file w-2 forms and other payroll requirements through a third-party vendor. This vendor is fully integrated with 1099-etc to provide a seamless experience. In choosing this option, users are required to choose a level of customization, depending on their business’s needs. With four different levels of E-File services available, business owners are sure to find the best strategy to e-file w-2 forms. Below, we have included more information for each level of support.

  • E-Filing Only to the IRS, SSA, and States: This option allows users to electronically file forms with the government. The user does not need to submit paper forms and is therefore only responsible for mailing the recipient copies to the employees.
  • Forms Mailed Only to the Recipient: This level prints and mails recipient copies directly to your employees – a great option for businesses with more than a handful of workers. However, the user is then responsible for filing the information with the appropriate government agencies.
  • Both E-File and Recipient Mailing: This level combines the first two options by both filing forms with the government and printing/mailing recipient copies directly to employees. In choosing this option, you are not responsible for printing any forms, stuffing envelopes, or paying for postage.
  • Payer File Copy and Recipient Mailing: In choosing this option, we will print and bulk-mail Payer/Employee copies to payers and employers. The user is responsible for filing the information with the government.


E-Filing Services charges are based on volume pricing, but all options allow users to e-file w-2 forms in some way – whether to the appropriate government agencies or through employee distribution.

E-Filing Other Forms with AMS

Our software has the ability to e-file w-2 forms and most other employment forms. For example, the 1099 is easily covered with our software, and several federal forms, such as 940, 941, 943, 944, and 945, are also included. If you have any additional questions, we recommend calling our Sales and Information team at (800) 536-1099.

Software Solutions from AMS

Our W-2 and 1099 Forms Filer is our only required platform. From there, users pick the services they need. Choose from the tools below to build out your customized accounting software.