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Please create an Error to come up on form 8879 for the tax year

taxshack

The new form 8879 no longer has the tax year listed on it.  Please have an error on it so that we remember to fill it in.

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TaxGuyBill
Level 15

The IRS form no longer has the year.  So there is no need to do anything in regards to the year.

Or are you referring to something else?

msmith7305
Level 5

Form 8879 now has a fill in the blank (year) line.

He is wanting an error message to remind you to fill in the blank.

taxshack
Level 3

Msmith7305 is correct.  I am wanting an error message to remind me to fill in the blank.

taxshack
Level 3

TaxGuyBill the form no longer has the year in the corner, but you have to fill it out on the line for Part I because you could be using it for the current year or you could be using it to amend a prior year electronically.

TaxGuyBill
Level 15

Ah, I see what you mean now.

Good idea, that should be a required field with an error if left blank.

TaxGuyBill
Level 15

On the other hand, shouldn't the 2020 program just automatically fill in 2020?   The 2020 program is only used to file 2020 tax returns, right?

taxshack
Level 3

I don't know how it works when you efile an amended return if you do it on curren 1040-X or prior.

TaxGuyBill
Level 15

Even though ProSeries has check boxes to amend prior year returns on the 1040X, I don't think you can actually do that.  The program uses 2020 tax laws, not prior year tax laws.  

So unless you filling out and calculating the 1040X manually, you use the 2019 software to amend 2019.

So I think it should automatically fill in the current year.

taxshack
Level 3

Makes sense

chasetax
Level 7

thanks for the heads up--go to tools--edit client template--form 8879--enter 2020--save client template

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