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How do I respond to this error - Illinois 1040 line 1a "you must enter an amount or a zero"?

TurboTax Easy Step says I must enter an amount or a zero for Form IL-1040 Line 1a.

When I look at the Form, there is no Line 1a, only a line 1 and it has my gross income in it. In other words, I can't find a Line 1a, nor a blank line 1 on Form Il-1040. 

What should I do?


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Level 7

How do I respond to this error - Illinois 1040 line 1a "you must enter an amount or a zero"?

Line 1a is actually related to Illinois Use Tax. You need to enter the value of merchandise you purchased to use in Illinois on which you did not pay the required Illinois Use Tax. This would include merchandise you purchased where you did not pay Illinois sales tax - sometimes this can apply to online purchases. 

The Use Tax Smart Worksheet appears just above Step 8 on the IL-1040 when you are working in forms mode.

If this did not apply to you you should enter zero.

Level 7

How do I respond to this error - Illinois 1040 line 1a "you must enter an amount or a zero"?

Attaching screenshot of Use Tax entry required on line 1a of the IL-1040