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How to resolve a form 2555 error message resulting from a recent Proseries software update

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The error states that dates are needed on line 10 or line 16 in order to properly calculate the exclusion.  Dates are already entered.  This error message is showing up with all my tax clients who claim a foreign earnings exclusion - even with one that I have successfully e-filed earlier this month.  How can I resolve this error?

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If you were experiencing an error on the address field of the Form 2555, that issue is now resolved.  Please note you will need to update your ProSeries product.

ProSeries Professional 1040 version should now be 2019.27.0.1 or higher.

ProSeries Basic 1040 version should now be 2019.27.0.2 or higher.

You can locate your 1040 version by going to HELP> ABOUT PROSERIES, selecting the VERSIONS tab, and looking for the section in the bottom table labeled: S2019US1040PRO (pictured below is a screenshot from ProSeries Professional)ProVersion2555.png

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Any update yet? I lost some clients already since I can't efile their tax return on time to get their stimulus payment direct deposited. 

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My Case number is 000546812851

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@Hammer wrote:

Any update yet? I lost some clients already since I can't efile their tax return on time to get their stimulus payment direct deposited. 


What time limit are you referring to?


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Did your client file a 2018 return with direct deposit?  If yes, then there shouldn't be any issue with them receiving the stimulus check even though 2019 isn't filed yet.   What "on time" date were they expecting that made you lose them as a client?  The error with Form 2555  was after April 15th. 

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Same problem here. Error states "must enter foreign address" on 2555 "entries on foreign earned income worksheet".

Can't find any entry on the worksheet. The taxpayer isn't claiming the exclusion and doesn't have foreign earned income.

Tried deleting 2555 and error immediately comes back. Program won't allow me to efile.

The only foreign income on the return is a small amount for foreign tax credit Form 1116.

Please let me know if there is a work around or update to fix this.

Thanks

Gary Petrash [email address removed]

 

 

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I had same issue.  I efiled return with the error, unchecking the error check box.  The return was accepted by IRS.  But I would love to know the real fix.  

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how do you uncheck the error box in Pro Series.
thanks

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I found a workaround that has worked and the returns have been accepted by the IRS. If you are having the single error on the Form 2555 that indicates you need to enter dates on either line 10 or 16 of the form, I left the error there. I went out to the e-file "pending" listing and selected the returns I wanted to e-file, even thought they had that error. After highlighting the returns, I clicked e-file. There is an error box that pops up that I acknowledged there was an error and moved forward. Then a gray box comes up that you can uncheck error checking. Assuming you are comfortable with it not going through Intuit's checking in e-filing, it should go onto the IRS. I was able to file three out of three returns last night - so far no pushback and the indication is that they were accepted by the IRS.

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There are several posts. It appears the solution is to simply remove the 2555 form. 

https://proconnect.intuit.com/community/proseries-discussions/discussion/what-do-i-need-to-input-to-...

 


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Hi @JeffV 

The unexpected behavior in regards to the Federal form 2555-T has been reported and determined to be working as designed. If your client does not qualify for the exclusion, do not enter a date in box 10 or 16, only enter in Part III of the 2555, Smart worksheet for calculating number of days less than requirement, the number for days they traveled. This will remove the error.

Hope this helps.

Cheers!

Betty Jo

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The form does not work. If the client does qualify for the exclusion dates need to be entered.

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Thanks BettyJo for your response.  I am trying to fully understand your recommendation.  For example, my one client claims foreign earnings exclusion through meeting the bona fide residence test.  On the 2555 form (pages 1 - 3), the only date fields that I have information in are:

Part I line 9 - date tax home was established

Part II line 10 date bona fide residence began and ended

This client hasn't traveled during the year.  All other date fields have no data entered.  I do not have any information entered into Part III (Physical Presence Test).

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I called tech support.  It seems this issue relates to the recent software update that automatically populates 365 in a "Smart Worksheet" box just below line 18 in Part III (Taxpayers Qualifying Under Physical Presence Test).  According to Tech Support I need to wait until Proseries fixes the bug.  There doesn't seem to be any work around currently available.  I have to wait to install & refresh updates.

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Thanks Jeff, hopefully the bug will fixed soon.

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I concur that all returns with Form 2555 whether transmitted or not is receiving this  false message after last update.  I have found no workaround. Even after deleting form and starting over.  Everything on form and allocatoion sheet is complete and accurate.  Very frustrating for it stops all my returns dead in their tracks and now unable to transmit any.  Proseries please hear the plea and 'debug' prompt with a fix.

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@IntuitBettyJo  What's a 2555-T?

Judging from all the posts, every return is getting a 2555 error, i.e. ones that don't even have a 2555.


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2555-T = 2555-TROUBLE

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Working as designed? Please explain in plain english how I can file a return that requires form 2555...

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I am embarrassed for you, Betty Jo. Either you are not a tax professional or an incompetent one.

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This error affects EVERY return using form 2555. I am currently unable to file 7 returns, and am receiving constant requests for clients to confirm submission. As accountants, we work many of us 7 days/week during the tax season - even though Pro Series has not acknowledged this by changing its technical support schedule, we are IN THE MIDST of tax season now 15 hours/day because of all things connected to COVID-19.  WHY DOESN'T PROSERIES HAVE EXTENDED HOURS ALSO!? Proseries' initial denial and later delay in resolving what must be a relatively simply software issue demonstrates the company's classic TONE DEAF approach to tax professionals. On the other hand, HUGE APPRECIATION for establishing a new system for dealing with issues like this that purportedly links tax pro individual case# to an investigation# and provides for broadcast  updates to all who self-identify without requiring us to call in repeatedly and walk a new customer support tech through the SAME information again and again. Have not received any update yet, but am looking forward to doing see and seeing this model for application-wide error correction adopted as standard.

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This is extremely frustrating. The form is definitely not working as designed.  I have various returns on hold and clients wanting confirmation of filing.  These taxpayers have had foreign earned income for multiple year and ARE eligible for the exclusion.  I have carried these taxpayers for many years and am very experienced in the international reporting.  Form 2555 is giving an error that the information is not filled into the form and that is not the case.  We need this resolved immediately in order to proceed with filing.

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I am having the same problem

please INTUIT fix this problem ASAP, there is no time for this kind of surprises. 😞

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Not sure what causes the problem but I think its related to efile. 

I was getting an error message that foreign address was missing. Tried deleting the form but the message reselected it with same error.

Since it didn't occur until I tried to efile, I thought I'd try unchecking efile, F9 to recalculate, F10 to save without efile. 

Then I was able to delete form 2555 and efile the return. 

Don't know what caused it but it seems to be related to e-filing. 

This isn't a fix but it was a work around for my situation. Which was no foreign earned income yet still getting an error for Form 2555 when attempting to efile the return

It may help to fix your problem.

GLP

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This works!  Thank you!

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Wow.....This Worked!!   Thank you, GLP!

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On form 2555 I get an error message box 10 or 16 must have dates entered.  On line 16 I do have the starting and ending dates for the qualifying period.  Prior to the recent software update, this error message do not exist.  Is there going to be another software update soon to fix this error.

Thank you for your help and assistance.

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I'm having this same issue. I think I will need to disable error-checking to submit.

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You can do that or I think you can just delete the 2555 form.  Both methods work for me.

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Deleting the form does not work for me. Moreover, this would not be a solution if you need to file form 2555. Error appears regardless of whether your use bona fide residence or physical presence test. Pro Series customer service confirmed this error still not resolved as of Friday afternoon EST.

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I can't delete the 2555. I need it to exclude my client's foreign earned income! All my clients are expats and close to half use Form 2555. I've been racing to get these filed to provide the IRS with updated address and direct deposit info. I hope this is resolved FAST!

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I removed the election to efile or unclicked the button where you choose to efile. Then hit F9 to recalculate, and F10 to save.

Then the program allowed me to delete  form 2555 and the error didn't return.

Then I was able to go back select efile again  and filed it with no errors. It worked for my situation.

I haven't tried to correct a 2555 but if your problem is related to efile you should try making after you unselect efile, recalculate, and save, before making you corrections and then again after the corrections before you elect or hit the button to efile.

I don't know if that will work for you but I think the problem is related to efile. So I would 1)shut efile off 2) make your corrections 3)calculate and 4)save before you select efile.

Hope it helps you with your situation. If it works I'm a genius. If not then I guess my wife and kids were right after all and I'll just shut it.

GLP

 

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Yes this seems to work if you do not need to file 2555. Unfortunately, does not work if you do. Can't understand how PS could let a massive problem like this go unresolved for more than 1 day.

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Unfortunately this problem has been going on over a week and nothing has been done.  I cannot delete the 2555 form like people are recommending.  I have many clients with foreign assignments and I need to be able to properly exclude their income.  I have five tax returns on hold right now due to this problem.  We need ProSeries to correct the issue.  I have been checking and refreshing updates since last week. My clients are getting anxious and this is a big concern.

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If you do not want form 2555:

Make sure you do not have a value on form 2555 page 3, or on 2555-Inc or 2555-Ded .... data on these forms might prevent you from deleting form 2555 pp 1-2.

If you want 2555, and you are sure it is correct, you can code the return for efile, save it, and then from Homebase highlight the return, push efile button, deselect error checking and execute conversion and efile.

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I am unable to file the return even if I disable error-checking. This is really a colossal problem for me, where 98% of all returns are foreign. 

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Hopefully @IntuitAustin or @IntuitBettyJo or @AshleyatIntuit  can come back with more accurate information and an update on when to expect the programming to be repaired. They have been very responsive employees of Intuit.

 


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Hi all, so yes, the date range issue for the 2555 was reported, and a fix was released.  However, now the error is going off whether or not Foreign EI Alloc Wks line 29 (# of days in qualifying period) has a value.  This has been reported to our development team, and so you should anticipate in an upcoming release resolution.  I do not have an ETA on release at this time, but note that the fix must be implemented, tested, and rolled out, so please be patient.  Hope that helps.

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@AshleyatIntuit  thank you for that plain vanilla answer. No "unexpected behavior" and actual plain english explanation. There is nothing wrong with a simple "we screwed up and we are working hard to fix it as soon as possible". I know BettyJo means well, but introducing a new form to the mix and not coming back to correct it is really bad form. Most of us here know the complexity of what the programmers are trying to do and recognize that poking that can break some other totally unrelated things. STUFF HAPPENS, so just say so.

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When I talked to them on Friday, they said it would be fixed later that day. I told the person today that I needed to be updated on the progress and not spend my time on the phone trying to get updates on the fix. (Which I was told would happen....)

At any rate.... hopefully soon this is corrected and I can efile those returns waiting in the queue (British term)  ....

I really want to get outside while we have beautiful weather here in Colorado. Maybe a round of golf.....

 

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I'd like to request ProSeries to put together a project to capture TAX PRO ideas on improving the communication process between ProSeries and Taxpros, especially with respect to solving software errors.  For example,

1) the idea of establishing an Investigation and then linking concrete case #s to it to facilitate communication of progress on solving a problem to those affected is FANTASTIC. But 1) after being told my case was added last week, I have YET to receive any sort of email confirmation including the case #, the investigation # and summary of the issue. 2) I have received no update, even to say that "after two days we have been unable to resolve the issue but we think we know where the issue is an will be in touch in two days with an update". Etc. Who knows if this investigation really exists?

2) I had a case open for two months, and apparently a single message was left on my voicemail that i did not hear, and found out when following up two weeks later that the case had been closed without resolution. !? Problem not resolved.  Why wouldn't an email go out? or two? The issue is a SOFTWARE issue, has been confirmed by ProSeries as such. That means the problem remains UNRESOLVED until ProSeries solves it.  Neither I nor others can file this return (fincen114) with this particular problem until it is fixed. Why on earth would ProSeries not follow through to solve an admitted software issue?

I know Pro Series mines customer responses etc on an ad hoc basis as part of an overall improvement process. But I think if Pro Series were serious about it, were to directly engage us on how to improve the quality of communication, Pro Series might learn of many many ideas, just one or two of which might SIGNIFICANTLY build brand loyalty. I'd much rather be praising Pro Series to others all the time than looking for a reason NOT to switch software every year.

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i have the same problem...... and now my European clients are ready for their returns!  btw, how to you disable error check?
holding for Tech support right now.

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To disable error checking, go to the EF Center view, select your client  and press EF Now.  The bottom box under Options is pre-checked "Enable conversion error checking".  Uncheck this box.

This will allow a return with errors to be transmitted, but if the errors are serious, the IRS will Reject the return.  So only uncheck this box when you KNOW the error you wish to override will not be fatal.

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The work around with e-filing form 2555 when the error occurs saying dates must be entered on line 10 or 16 worked great on a return I had already gotten the esignature for, but I am not able to get an esignature request to go through with this error now since it says it failed final review.  Is there a  work around for sending the esignature request?

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Thank you!! I've been using the program for years and had never actually looked at that box! I was just able to file two of the ones I was pending.

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This is my original post

On form 2555 I get an error message box 10 or 16 must have dates entered.  On line 16,  I do have the starting and ending dates for the qualifying period.  Prior to the recent software update, this error message did not exist. 

I downloaded the new updates tonight 4-27-20, I am still receiving the same error message.   Is anyone else continuing to experience this issue?

Thank you for your help and assistance.

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Nothing is solved. The update did not resolve the problem with Form 2555. BettyJoe needs a new job.

I will call the help line every hour until the problem is fixed. I advise all of you to do the same.

All my clients require Form 2555. Proseries has no excuse for this silly error at such a critical time.

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Doesn't work for me either, even after the update.  When is this software company going to get its act together?

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Hi there,

Please see the most updated response above. 

 

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Cheers! 

Betty Jo 

 

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Unacceptable answer. Intuit should all really be embarrassed here. Has not been fixed. So basically, we can't efile clients or have to disable efile errors in order to make this work??!?  So what do we all tell our clients? Have to wait a few months to efile your return because Proseries doesn't work?

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