@ERIC J wrote:
per this IRS guidance
Maybe I missed it, but what IRS guidance? Could you provide a link to that guidance please?
The only thing I have seen about that is AICPA had an informal discussion with the IRS about it. I have not seen any IRS guidance about it. And unless there is IRS guidance, I can't imagine how writing that on the top of a tax return would do anything. I would think the taxpayer would still get an automated IRS notice about it, and THEN if COVID is a factor, you could respond to the IRS about the situation.
So if there is IRS guidance, I would appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction.
I was referencing the informal discussion - I'm not aware of formal "guidance" either. Sorry to mislead with my choice of words. The informal discussion instructed us to write COVID 19 at the top of page 1 of a late filed return. So my question was software geared - wondering if Pro Series allows for ANNOTATED TEXT to be written on the return. I don't think so but not sure if Pro Series added a trick for this specific scenario. I have added an Explanatory Statement to the Form 1041 per the informal discussion. None of this probably helps with an e-file anyway. An IRS notice seems inevitable at which point I would ask for abatement - first by referencing the informal discussion.
Thanks. I had someone contact me to file 1120S, which is now late, because they're preparer decided to close up shop, due to pandemic, without finishing up work that was in process. I am hoping IRS will be kind in abating penalties for them.