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rvierling09
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We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

 
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DoninGA
Level 15

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

Add the two state tax refunds together and enter the sum as the total state tax refund.  When filing a joint tax return there is no need to indicate who the state tax refunds belong to.

rvierling09
New Member

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

That makes sense, however why does turbo tax ask about my 2015 federal return? Does that go into calculating how much of our return is taxable. If so... my husband made more in 2015, so in turn paid more in state taxes in 2015..yet its not showing that, because it only shows my 2015 federal tax return.
DoninGA
Level 15

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

You probably started the 2016 return using the same user ID used to create the 2015 online return and your Single tax data transferred over to the 2016 return where you are now filing a joint tax return.
rvierling09
New Member

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

thats exactly what i did. So how do I put his 2015 in? It only allows for one.
DoninGA
Level 15

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

When filing a joint tax return the program uses the words 'you' or ''your' with the meaning to include both of you.
When entering any type of income, like from a W-2, the program income sections will either have separate buttons to click with each of your names for entering income or there will be selections on the income entry screens to select who the form belongs to.

If you have something specific that is in doubt how to enter, reply back and I should be able to get you an answer.
rvierling09
New Member

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

Thats just the thing. For everything else there is a button to select who ( w-2, hsa,etc). This does not. And I was just on the phone with turbo tax for over an hour and they can't believe they have never ran into this issue before, but they agree there's no where to put both 2015 federal tax returns so that I can then enter both 1099-g forms and not get penalized. It does say "your" federal tax return which yes it is...but there is no where to put his.
rvierling09
New Member

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

And I can't just manually put in our 2015 tax return and add the numbers together from each of our separate federal tax returns. I have used turbo tax since 2012 and due to a flaw in the system that they never knew existed I can't use them since I got married in 2016. I am afraid that plenty of newlywed couples that used this tax form have probably lost out on money as well.
DoninGA
Level 15

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

For the state income tax refund, I do not see how that would be a problem.  If both state tax refunds are from the same state then you should just be able to enter the total amount received after selecting the state.  If the state tax refunds are from different states, once you enter the refund for one state you can enter other state refund for a different state.

Since you are adding both of your incomes, deductions and exemptions on the same tax return, I don't see how entering both state tax refund would be penalizing you on your tax return.  If you both itemized your deductions in 2015 then both the state tax refunds would be income on your 2016 tax return.  If one or both of you did not itemized on the 2015 return then one of the refunds or both should not be entered as income on the 2016 return.
rvierling09
New Member

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

IT ALLOWS ME to enter both state income tax refunds!! IT HOWEVER DOES NOT ALLOW ME TO ENTER BOTH 2015 RETURNS ... it only lets me claim my own 2015 and then I get penalized for his large state refund without getting credit for his 2015 federal.
DoninGA
Level 15

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

Maybe I am not understanding what you are doing here.  When you say entering the 2015 returns, what do you mean?
What 2015 tax data are you needing to enter from his 2015 tax return to the 2016 tax return?
This is not an unusual situation when filing a joint tax return in the current tax year where both the prior year tax returns were filed as Single.
rvierling09
New Member

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

They ask you for your 2015 federal tax return information if you enter your state income tax return (1099-g). You hit continue and it asks you to verify your 2015 tax return information to see if the income tax refund you received can be taxable for 2016. HOWEVER IT ONLY ALLOWS YOU TO ENTER ONE 2015 FEDERAL TAX RETURN not both ! SO you get punished for entering both state income tax refund (single since we weren't married yet), but it only allows for credit for one 2015 return!!!
rvierling09
New Member

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

I think you just don't understand the situation..but I appreciate your attempt to help. The help team at turbotax couldn't even help so I am going to have to go elsewhere to file since we got married in 2016.
DoninGA
Level 15

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

Sorry, that I was not able to help you out.  I will go and create a test return and see if I can find a solution to this.  Can't believe the programmers at TurboTax did not get this type of situation resolved in the current software.
rvierling09
New Member

We are recently married and have two separate state income tax refunds to enter for 2016 ...yet it doesn't let me enter each 2015 tax info for each of us. what do we do??

That would be great! If there is no resolution it means that anyone that files their taxes with turbotax in the first year they are getting married gets penalized on the their state income refund because they aren't able to put in both. In my opinion they owe a LONG EXPLANATION / compensation to anyone they have screwed out of money due to the inability to enter both previous years federal tax returns.

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