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How to resolve diagnostic Ref. 5405 for an extension with date of death in ProConnect

SOLVEDby IntuitUpdated June 05, 2023

The following diagnostic is generating:

e-file: Extension: The IRS's e-file specifications require extensions with an entry for the taxpayer's or spouse's date of death must be filed on paper. (ref. #5405)

This diagnostic generates when you enter a date of death for either a taxpayer or spouse on Client Information.

You must paper-file the extension due to the IRS e-file specifications.

How to resolve the e-file critical diagnostic Ref. 5405 for extension with date of death:

  1. Go to the Profile tab.
  2. Uncheck the Federal extension for e-filing.

If you're filing the regular Form 1040 and this diagnostic is generating, make sure Form 4868 isn't in the forms list.

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