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Removing the watermark from PDF printed forms

SOLVEDby IntuitLacerte Tax19Updated July 13, 2022

If you see the "DO NOT FILE" watermark on printed forms in Lacerte, it usually means the form isn't updated to its final version.

Check for program updates

First, try checking for updates in Lacerte.

  1. Go to Tools.
  2. Select Lacerte Updates.

Remove the watermark in print settings

If Lacerte already has the finalized form downloaded and you're still seeing the watermark, try removing the watermark in print settings when printing to PDF.

  1. Under the Clients tab, select your client.
  2. Select Print (not the Print Return icon) and Tax Return.
  3. In the Return section, select the type of return you wish to print.
  4. In the Return Options section, unselect all boxes labeled Printer.
  5. Select the box labeled File (PDF) for the type of copy you wish to print.
  6. Select the Settings button.
  7. In the File (PDF) Settings section, unselect the Watermark box.
  8. Select OK and print the return.

Print via the Print Form button on the Forms tab

  1. Select the Forms tab, then Print Form. Selecting the Forms tab in Lacerte, then selecting the Print Forms button to print specific returns.
  2. In the Print Form pop-up, select either:
    • This page only,
    • All pages, or
    • All pages, supporting statements and worksheets.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. In the Print To section, unselect the Printer box and select File (PDF).
  5. In File (PDF) Settings, unselect Watermark (the option may be grayed out).
  6. Select OK and print your return.

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