ATF is answering their phones and the electronic filing is back online at http://www.atfonline.gov.
ATF reported today that they the payments are back online as of 10/22 but previously reported that they are having problems with the payments. In an email they reported:
This is to advise that ATF eForms is experiencing issues with the pay.gov link that prevents the filing of taxpaid eForms 1 and 4. The pay.gov function had to move to a secondary site last week due to some of its own issues. ATF’s firewall security is preventing communications to this secondary site from within eForms. We are in the process of working with the Department of Justice to allow the ATF firewall to communicate with the pay.gov secondary site.
All other eForms may be submitted. eForms 1 and 4 may be created and saved, just not submitted until we have notified you that the issue has been resolved.
We would also like to advise that the taxpaid eForm 1 and eForm 4 were designed for the submission of one firearm per application (as the tax is paid per firearm and the PDF will generate with the transfer tax stamp affixed). A glitch allows the submission of multiple firearms on these forms, but we can only process a form with one firearm on it. Please keep this in mind when you file a taxpaid eForm 1 or 4.
If you have submitted a taxpaid eForm 1 or eForm 4 with multiple firearms on it, please contact Lee Alston-Williams at (202) 648-7166 or Gary Schaible at (202) 648-7165, as corrective action will need to be taken.
Remember the time is ticking before the comment period for 41P closes.