How do I change the default on the Illinois Form 2210 away from "have the state calculate the penalty and bill the client"? What a stupid default. No sane person would ever want the client to get an additional bill from any taxing body.
I agree 100%. The last thing a client needs is a notice from the government. Because guess what happens next? You get a phone call or email that wastes your time asking you why they got a notice. And then the client also wants to know if you made an error. No brainer to check the box that allows the penalty to be calculated on the return. The client rarely sees it.
But if you asked your clients up front if they want you to calculate the penalty so that they will pay a few bucks extra now or skip the calculation and they may or may not receive a notice later, what are most of your clients going to choose? I let the software calculate the penalties but there are times when a penalty is calculated on Minnesota and a little message pops up "this return can not be e-filed" and I'll change the prior year tax to delete the penalty so that I can e-file the return. After doing that for a couple of centuries, I've never had a client call about getting a notice looking for a couple of extra bucks. So do we do the calculation for the sake of the client or for our own benefit?