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Common questions about general business credits in ProConnect

SOLVEDby Intuit1Updated June 22, 2023

Below are solutions to frequently asked questions about entering Form 3800, General Business Credits.

Where do I enter carryovers from other years?

To enter passive activity credit carryovers:

  1. Go to Input Return  Credits  General Business and Vehicle Cr.
  2. Select the General Info & Carryovers tab.
  3. Under the Credits section select the name of the form that the carryover should be applied to in the Form (Click on arrow to select from list) drop down input.
  4. Choose the name of the activity that the carryovers apply to in the Activity drop down input
  5. Scroll down to the Prior Year Unallowed Credits section
  6. If the applicable credit type is listed here, enter the amount in the appropriate field. If not, scroll to the Other Passive Credit Carryovers section and select the Credit type from that drop down input. 
  7. Enter the amount of the credit carryover in the General Business Credit input

To enter business credit carryforwards and carrybacks:

  1. Go to Input Return  Credits  General Business and Vehicle Cr.
  2. Select the Carryovers/Misc Info link in the upper right corner.
  3. Scroll down to the Business Credit Carryforwards and Carrybacks (3800) section
  4. Select the Credit type (Click on button to expand) input
  5. In the Credit type drop down input, choose the credit type
  6. Enter the carryforward or carryback amount in the appropriate column

Where do I enter general business credits for an individual return?

Most of the inputs for general business credits are on the General Business and Vehicle Cr. input screen. The exact area depends on the credit you are wanting to generate in the return. There are two methods to locate the input field:

Browse the input screen:

  1. Go to Input Return Credits General Business and Vehicle Cr.
  2. Scroll through the various tabs on this input screen to find the right inputs for the credit you are looking for, or you can also use the search bar along the left side of the screen to search for the credit name or form that you are looking to generate. 

Use Jump to input:

  1. Go to Check Return
  2. Select Forms
  3. If the 3800 isn't generating in the return yet, click on All right under Forms.
  4. This shows all of the forms that could possibly generate in an individual return. Search for the 3800 using the search bar, and click on it when it shows in the list. Scroll through the form to find the line you are needing information to flow to, and if it has a blue highlight, you can click there and it should take you to the input section you need to get an amount on that line.

You can create a statement outside of the program and save it as a PDF to attach to the e-file return by following this navigation:

  1. Go to Input Return General  Electronic Filing
  2. Select e-file PDF/Miscellaneous
  3. Select the e-file Attachment link in the upper right corner.
  4. Select Attach PDF to browse your computer for the PDF you are wanting to attach. 
  5. Select the bubble for Yes under Send PDF attachment with federal return 

Refer to the Instructions for Form 3800 for more information about attaching statements for credits.

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