Prepare and e-file a “Superseded Original Tax Return”.
The IRS hasn't even started accepting e-filed returns yet and you want to file a superseded tax return?
Lacerte does not do superseded returns. You can either manually mark it as such and mail or efile an amended return.
I agree with you @NLCPAS! We've heard from Spidell, Western CPE, and many other sources over the past year to file Superseded tax returns instead of Amended tax returns but we haven't been able to do that with Lacerte!
I think the efile limitation is an IRS one. But Lacerte could have the ability to mark SUPERSEDING on the top of a return.
@sjrcpa - The National Taxpayer Advocate had an article on their site about Superseding returns last year in April. It must be deleted now but thankfully Wayback Machine has archived it for us: https://web.archive.org/web/20201019010552/https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/news/NTA_Blog_The_Value_...
Here was a post by Spidell a year ago stating that for business entities, the superseded return may be e-filed by checking the superseding return box on the electronic submission. For individuals, the process takes longer. Superseding individual returns (Forms 1040) must be filed on paper and mailed to an IRS processing center where they are subject to processing delays and a greater risk of transcription errors. Here is a link to their email/post: https://www.magnetmail.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm?ep=BWwNB7MNTsGioBV5xN_a_UzEqWoTvYQFzM7ro2DiK...
Thanks for the info.
I believe you HAVE to file superseded tax return and not amendment if you are still within the due date
Because of 2020 tax changes that just passed in 2021, the superseded return is the easiest way to fix returns that are already done. (for example, the unemployment deduction on the first $10,200.00.) From what I understand, you can efile these. However, Lacerte will not let you file a superseded return, and I would like to know why.
"If you have already filed your 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR, there is no need to file an amended return (Form 1040-X) to figure the amount of unemployment compensation to exclude. The IRS will refigure your taxes using the excluded unemployment compensation amount and adjust your account accordingly. The IRS will send any refund amount directly to you."
From the IRS:
Don't keep sending returns, in other words.
Thank you for this! I hadn't seen it!
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