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How do I update the e-file acknowledgement status for my returns?

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How do I update the e-file acknowledgement status for my returns?

When returns still show as Sent to Intuit or In Agency after a few days, you will need to connect to the Lacerte servers to get the latest e-file status and confirm whether your submission was accepted or rejected. This process may seem automatic during the busiest parts of your tax season, since each time you e-file another return, Lacerte retrieves acknowledgements for those you've previously filed.

Before you start:

  • Federal returns are typically processed in 1 to 3 days.
  • Standalone state returns are typically processed in 2 to 5 days.
  • State returns that are e-filed with a federal return are typically processed in 3 to 5 days.
  • Most states are closed on weekends and federal holidays for acknowledgment processing.
  • With the above in mind, if the status has not updated on the return after performing the steps below, you can check the status online. See here for more information.

Follow these steps to retrieve acknowledgements:

  1. Click on the Clients tab.
  2. Highlight the clients that need updating.
  3. Click on the E-file menu at the top of your program.
  4. Select Step 3: e-File Acknowledgement Statuses.
  5. Click on Receive Acknowledgement Statuses.

This method will connect to Lacerte's servers and retrieve acknowledgements for all returns e-filed by your computer in all modules. If a return's status doesn't update using these steps, try the method below.

  1. Click on the Clients tab.
  2. Highlight the clients that need updating. Hold down the shift key on your keyboard if you need to select multiple.
  3. Click on the E-file menu at the top of your program.
  4. Select Step 3: e-File Acknowledgement Statuses.
  5. Click on Update Acknowledgement Status for Selected Return(s).
  6. Verify that the selected clients are listed in the Update E-file status window.
  7. Click OK to download the acknowledgements.
  8. Any new acknowledgements for the selected clients will be displayed.

Note: Updating the status of selected returns for different modules must be done in each of the affected modules, like Individual and Partnership. The statuses cannot be updated all at once for different modules using this method. If the status has not updated on the return after performing the steps above, you can check the status online. See How to check for delayed e-file acknowledgements for more information.

  1. Go to the Clients tab.
  2. Click on e-file Clients or e-file Center listed under the Views section on the left side of your program.
  3. Click once on a client to highlight them.
  4. Select the hyperlink in the Federal or State e-file status column, or press F4 on your keyboard to open the client status window.
  5. Click on the e-File Status tab at the top of the client status window. Here you can view the e-file history and e-file status of the client. If a return was rejected, select the rejection status to view the reason for rejection and possible solutions.
  1. Go to the Clients tab.
  2. Click once on a client to highlight them.
  3. Select the E-file menu at the top of your program.
  4. Click on e-file Reports/Messages.
  5. Select View e-file Activity Report.
  6. Uncheck all boxes except IRS Rejected or State Rejected from the left navigation panel.
  7. Click on Print.

Common questions:

No, once a return has been transmitted from your program, the return can not be stopped by Intuit.

How can I check for known processing delays?

Once the return acknowledgement has been received, one of two things can be done.  If the return is rejected, you will be able to make changes to it before e-filing again.  If the return is accepted, you will need to file an amended return.

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