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Having trouble filing my NJ state tax return. It's been rejected twice now with the error message, "When entering other income even if you enter a zero the column for the New Jersey total must have a description value."

The description for the error is: 

 

When entering "Other Income" for New Jersey, a description is required and the amount cannot be negative. Please go back and adjust your return accordingly before re-transmitting your return. However, if the problem persists, please print the return and mail it via US mail to the appropriate taxing authority.

 

I'm using the online free version of TurboTax, and I'm not sure where to find this other income statement that I need to change. I've looked in the tax tools sections and tried to find this statement in the print view for both my federal and state tax and I can't seem to find it.  Please help!

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Having trouble filing my NJ state tax return. It's been rejected twice now with the error message, "When entering other income even if you enter a zero the column for the New Jersey total must have a description value."

This may be happening due to a Net Operating Loss or similar carryover deduction. These types of statements usually generate from the federal side of the software.   You may want to go through your federal return first to confirm there are no negative values OR numbers that don't look quite right to you.   

 

When done, go through the state section as well to verify the same. 

 

Finally, you can print your returns to see if you see anything that is a zero or negative number and back trace from there.   

 

There are some states that don't allow e-file for the reason described.  If your return is accurate and there is nothing to "fix", you may need to print and mail it.