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Updates to ATF eForms system

posted Aug 4, 2013, 9:15 PM by Dick Clark
The ATF recently implemented changes to its eForms system that affect persons seeking to make or transfer NFA firearms. ATF Forms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 9 can now be submitted via the automated online system instead of by mail. For all of these forms but Form 1, electronic submission is only authorized for Federal Firearms Licensees who are current on their special occupational tax (SOT). For Forms 1, 4, and 5, only applications relating to trusts and business entities are eligible for online submission; applications pertaining to individual transferees or makers will still have to be submitted by mail. Payment of the making or transfer tax can be made via the Pay.gov payment portal.

For more details, see the following announcement email that was sent by ATF to users of the eForms system:

We're Updating Our eForms Systems 

On Wednesday, July 31st, starting at 6:00 PM, ATF’s eForms systems will be undergoing maintenance as part of an ongoing process to enhance our services. During this time, eForms will not be available. These systems are expected to return to full service by 2:00 AM on Thursday, August 1, 2013. 

The enhancements to the system will be as follows: 

The eForm 6A has been modified to display the “Number and Kind of Package Information” on a separate overflow page. “See overflow page for number and kind of packages” will be displayed in block 9(b) of the form and descriptive information that would normally be displayed in block 9(b) will be displayed on the overflow page. This change was made at the request of industry members who discovered that there was not enough room on the form to put all the information that was necessary in that block. This is another example of where we were able to make a change based on your recommendation. 

NFA eForms are finally here!!!! ATF is pleased to announce the implementation of the NFA forms into ATF’s eForms system. ATF Forms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10 are currently available for eForms submission. 

The submission of Forms 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9 can only be done by a Federal firearms licensee who has paid the special (occupational) tax for the current Tax Year. 

If the submission of the form requires fingerprints, photographs, and the Law Enforcement Certification, the submission cannot be done using eForms – the application must be submitted on paper to the NFA Branch. Accordingly, Forms 1, 4 and 5 may be submitted using eForms if the applicant maker or transferee is a legal entity, such as a corporation, trust, or LLC. The submission of the application will require that the documents establishing the legal entity be attached electronically to the application. 

For Forms 1 or 4 that are submitted with making or transfer tax due, the tax payment will be made through Pay.Gov, just prior to the submission of the application. Pay.Gov is a system, of the US Treasury’s Financial Management, that allows the submitter to pay the tax by credit/debit card or from a bank account. For detailed information on Pay.gov you can visit their website at www.pay.gov.
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