Setting up the NFA Trust was fairly easy, and cost me a little over $200 after all was said and done. I went to a local gun shop that had an attorney visit once a week to set up trust. She made it straight forward and painless to add the people I wanted to the trust. The hardest part after that was scanning all the pages of the trust into a PDF file so I could later upload it to the ATF.
Now onto submitting the Form ! itself at the ATF website, and this is where the real frustration began for me. The first problem I encountered with the website was with it constantly timing out on me. You would try to move onto the next page and it would think for a couple minutes and kick you back to the main ATF E-File page. You would lose all the data you had inputted in the previous screen(s). My recommendation for you if/when you go this route is to SAVE EVERY PAGE AFTER YOU INPUT DATA! I learned this lesson after being kicked out the first couple of times. It becomes a P.I.T.A to keep re-entering the same data over and over again.
The second issue I ran into which was a bigger P.I.T.A than the getting kicked out part, it was the maximum 3mb limit for the Trust. The NFA Trust came out to being around 20 pages long, which is quite a bit larger than the 3mb limit. The ATF does allow you to upload multiple files into the site, but it was difficulty figuring how many pages I needed to cut it down to per file to meet the 3mb limit. You would think since they are allowing you upload the NFA trust to E-file, they would let you upload the entire NFA Trust in one go.
I will be updating this as the process moves along. Right now I can’t say if my E-file was successful or if I will have to modify anything. I will keep you updated on the time frames I am working with as we move forward. As I have written this I am sitting at approximately 3 weeks from when I filed and paid for the Stamp. Right now according to NFAtracker.com I most likely won’t be seeing the Tax Stamp till sometime in December.