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How to create a password-protected PDF in ProSeries Professional

SOLVEDby IntuitProSeries Professional106Updated October 14, 2021

Intuit is committed to the security of your data and client's tax return information. To help ensure the security of this data, ProSeries Professional has the ability to password protect all PDFs that are created. 

These PDFs can then be attached to an email using any provider that you wish, or securely stored for record keeping purposes. The password will be automatically generated based on information contained in the return, and cannot be changed from within ProSeries.

Before you start:

  • This article references default installation paths and uses YY to reference the tax year in 20YY format. C: will always indicate the local drive and X: will always indicate the network drive.

To activate this feature:

  1. From the File menu, select Print.
  2. In the upper-right of the Print Center, click the Printer, PDF,and DMS Setup button.
  3. In the upper-right of the Printer and File Setup section, check the box to Password protect PDF files for returns.
  4. Click OK.

The next time you print to PDF, the file will be password-protected.

The file can then be retrieved from the location where your PDF files are saved. The default is C:\ProPDF\TY20YY.

What the password consists of:

  • Taxpayer's social security number (SSN) or company employer identification number (EIN)
  • Taxpayer's city as shown on the tax return (all lower case with no spaces)
  • Five digit  ZIP code as shown on the tax return (all lower case with no dashes or spaces)

For example, if their SSN is 123-45-6789, city is Rio De Janeiro and their ZIP code is 11111, the password would be "123456789riodejaneiro11111"

If the primary address does not contain a ZIP code, the password will consist of only the SSNEIN and city. This is the same password format used when emailing password-protected PDFs.

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