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It is asking me Enter the amount to report on Schedule 3 Line 12e??

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It is asking me Enter the amount to report on Schedule 3 Line 12e??

IRS Schedule 3 covers nonrefundable credits such as the foreign tax credit and the credit for child and dependent care expenses, estimated tax payments and payments made with filing extensions, and the premium tax credit.


It's not a form that you would have received along with tax documents you need to complete your tax return.  The Schedule 3 attaches to your return and is files with Form 1040.


Schedule 3 Line 12e is new.   Under the CARES Act, employers may defer the deposit and payment of the employer's portion of Social Security taxes.  Here are the steps to preview of your Schedule 3 with your specific credits listed:

  1. Log into TurboTax Online
  2. On the left-hand side of your return, click Tax Tools
  3. Click Tools
  4. On the window that pops up, click View Tax Summary
  5. On the left-hand side of your screen, click Preview My 1040
  6. Scroll down to Schedule 3. The amounts of the items you qualify for will be listed here. 

If line 12e looks wrong or is missing information, type Schedule 3 in the search box above, and Jump to Schedule 3.  You can also access the form through the Deductions and Credits section in TurboTax.  Check to see if any answers might have been partially answered.  The software may be waiting for more information before it can complete Schedule 3 for you.

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It is asking me Enter the amount to report on Schedule 3 Line 12e??

During Smart Check I taken to the "Deferral for Certain Schedule H or SE Filers Smart Worksheet." I  am asked to enter a value on Line 11 to be used for Schedule 3 line 12e. Entering "0" or any positive or negative number gets a message "1040/1040SR: Line 11 is too large." 

It is asking me Enter the amount to report on Schedule 3 Line 12e??

Seeing the same error. 

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It is asking me Enter the amount to report on Schedule 3 Line 12e??

Schedule 3, Line 12e, refers to Schedule H or SE filers. The error is generated because the system needs to update. Perhaps initially when entering your details, you were going to owe taxes. Then, as more details were entered, the status changed to a refund. 


This would have made any tax deferral of Self Employment tax on Sch H or Sch SE tax no longer valid.


To get past this error, first try entering a blank as a response. If there is a 0 or spaces in this cell, delete them.


If you are still getting the error, it depends whether you used Schedule H for Household Employees or are Self-Employed. In either case, you must get back temporarily to owing money in order to decline the deferral. Then, go back to your current details to resolve the issue.


To do this in TurboTax, follow these steps:


If you are filing Schedule H, try deleting Schedule H using the steps included for deleting Sch SE-T. Then, re-enter Schedule H.

To delete Schedule H:

  • From the left menu, select Tax Tools.
  • Select Tools.
  • Scroll to Delete a Form.
  • Scroll to Sch H select Delete and Delete Selected Form and Continue.

To Re-add Schedule H:

  • In the search box, enter sch h.
  • Click the Jump to link and continue through the interview. The first page will be: About Your Nanny or Household Employees.


If you are self-employed:

First, revisit the section for the Self-employment tax deferral entry and accept it, change it, and then decline it by deferring 0:

  1. Return to the Deductions & Credits section.
  2. Scroll to Tax relief related to COVID-19 and Show More.
  3. Select Self-employment tax deferral and select Revisit.
  4. Answer Yes at the next screen to get back to Let's start by getting your eligible income.
    1. If you do not want to defer any self-employment income, at "Enter your eligible self-employment income", you have three options. Try them in the following order:
      1. Enter nothing--be sure the cell is completely blank.
      2. Enter (as in 0 is the portion of self-employment I will defer) OR 
      3. Enter 280/366ths of your income to reflect the income from March 27-December 31, 2021.
    2. Select Continue.
    3. At Tell us how much you'd like to defer
      1. "Enter amount" should be blank if you entered blank above.
      2. Enter 0 if you entered 0 or 280/266ths of income above.
    4. Select Continue.
  5. Scroll down and select Wrap up Tax Breaks and Continue.
  6. I recommend running through the Federal Review again.

Secondly, if the error is still in the return, it is because Sch SE-T or Sch SE-S is not updating properly. To update the return automatically, it is best to close out completely and close the browser, as well. Re-open in Chrome on a PC.

  1. Delete the Sch SE that applies--(Sch SE-T is for Taxpayer, Sch SE-S for Spouse)--by following these steps:
    1. From the left menu, select Tax Tools.
    2. Select Tools.
    3. Scroll to Delete a Form.
    4. Scroll to Sch SE-T and/or Sch SE-S and select Delete.
  2. Return to the self-employment income & expenses interview in the Income & Expenses section and select Edit/Add.
    1. Select Edit for your business.
    2. Scroll down to Done so that the Sch SE is recalculated. 
    3. Finish any other questions in the self-employment interview and click Continue.
  3. Review the return again.





It is asking me Enter the amount to report on Schedule 3 Line 12e??

thanks. clearing the field completely rather than entering any number seems to have worked

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It is asking me Enter the amount to report on Schedule 3 Line 12e??

me too. Makes no sense since the entry is "$0"!

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It is asking me Enter the amount to report on Schedule 3 Line 12e??

Clearing out the 0 worked for me also.

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