Submitted by jkwerner47 on 06-30-2021 01:56 PM
The IRS does not allow apostrophes in the name of a company on corporate returns.
IRS E-File rules are very specific about the allowable characters. Here is a reference to these rules on the IRS website:
Currently, LaCerte allows preparers to create new corporate clients with names that include apostrophes, O'Brien for example. However, as entered the name O'Brien will fail the name match made by the IRS software because apostrophes are not allowed.
The current workaround is to edit the name to OBrian in LaCerte and resubmit.
However, this changes the name that appears on all printed pages of the LaCerte return from O'Brien to OBrien. This is not acceptable to corporate management because laws and regulations imposed on businesses expect consistent representation of the spelling of the company name for clarity purposes, for example, when enforcing trademark protections.
The LaCerte programming team should allow apostrophes to appear in the printed copies of returns but suppress apostrophes from the E-filed name used to match the IRS control. I can think of several methods for making this work. Any method that works is fine with me.
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