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How to resolve Lacerte fiduciary Diagnostic Ref. 37513 - PDF file of the signed Form 8453-FE

SOLVEDby IntuitLacerte Tax2Updated August 05, 2021

This article will help resolve the following e-file critical diagnostic:

  • e-file: PDF Attachment: PDF File of the Signed Form 8453-FE must be Attached to the Return, when not Using the E-file PIN Signature Option. (ref. #37513)

This diagnostic generates if an override in Screen 2.2, Electronic Filing has been made in e-File PIN signature 1 =when applicable, 2=suppress [O] under the subsection Paperless Filing - Overrides.

When the override is used, this diagnostic generates and indicates that a taxpayer-signed copy of Form 8453-FE must be attached as a PDF. This is because the form instructions state you must file electronically with the estate's or trust's return. Don't file paper copies.

To resolve the diagnostic by attaching Form 8453-FE as a PDF:

  1. Go to the Forms tab.
  2. Select Form 8453-FE.
  3. Select Print Form from the top right and select OK.
    • After Form 8453-FE is printed, make sure the fiduciary or the officer representing the fiduciary, signs the form. 
  4. Scan the signed copy as a PDF, and save the PDF file on your computer.
  5. Go to Screen 2.2, Electronic Filing.
  6. Select PDF Attachment.
  7. Select Add from the left menu.
  8. Select Attach PDF and Browse Files to locate your PDF file.
  9. Select your PDF, then Open and OK.
  10. Select the Form 8453-FE box.

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