A client is claiming HOH status with parent as qualifying dependent. The parent did not live with the taxpayer, as rules allow. Lacerte is giving a critical diagnostic for failure to enter number of days the qualifying person lived with the taxpayer in 2019. But the 'number of days' field on Screen 57.011 will not allow me to enter '0' for the number of days.
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What you see is a Critical Diagnostic Warning the key word is Warning. https://proconnect.intuit.com/community/individual/help/diagnostics-and-suggestions-faq/00/97687
https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2019/2019-1540.html#ParentStepparentFatherorMother clearly shows that the parent need not live with you. You should be able to go ahead and e-file and FTB has the knowledge to put parent and zero days together.
The main reason to file 3532 is to avoid a letter from FTB, but sometimes FTB will still send out a follow up letter. With any HOH, tell the client to be sure to maintain records. "You must be entitled to claim a Dependent Exemption Credit for your parent. That is, your parent must meet the requirements of a qualifying relative and you must have paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home that was your parent’s main home for the entire year. Your parent’s main home could have been his or her own home, such as a house or apartment, or could have been any other living accommodation."