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ERROR on the "Reporting Foreign Tax Paid to Various" part of the interview, the SOURCE of the Form 1099-DIV does NOT appear in the "Select Dividends Paid By" checkbox.

"When on the "Reporting Foreign Tax Paid to Various" part of the interview, the SOURCE of the Form 1099-DIV does NOT appear in the "Select Dividends Paid By" checkbox list, but two other sources appear, and the correct SOURCE did appear when I entered foreign dividends from Japan and Canada. Turbo Tax must choke on dividends from two specific countries, and Various countries from a single 1099-DIV source!   How do I get the proper 1099-DIV Source to appear on the list, or as a patch, how do I get the correct information into TurboTax?"

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ERROR on the "Reporting Foreign Tax Paid to Various" part of the interview, the SOURCE of the Form 1099-DIV does NOT appear in the "Select Dividends Paid By" checkbox.

A significant shortcoming of TT is that if you have to fill out Form 1116, it can support only one country per Payer.  In the past, if there were more countries than Payers, using “Various” was the technique used to restore the 1 to 1 country/payer ratio. The following technique restores this 1 to 1 ratio by creating additional payers to equal the number of countries.

This addresses the issue of a 1099-DIV with Box 6 showing foreign tax paid to multiple foreign countries and it is necessary to identify and list the countries individually on Form 1116. This is done by utilizing Dummy 1099-DIV's as illustrated by the following example.

We have a 1099-DIV with Box 6 displaying the total tax paid to 3 foreign countries we will call “A”, “B”, and “C”.

Navigate to the “Here’s the dividend info we have so far” screen displaying the name of the Payer. This will be our Main Screen.  Bring the Payer up in EDIT mode.  Change Box 6 to the amount paid to  “A”.  Click “Continue “.  Either the Main Screen will appear or 2 consecutive screens asking for dividends paid and the source country.  If the latter occurs, insert the data for  “A”, then continue to the Main Screen.

Click on the New Payer button.  We will name this Payer “Dummy1”.  In Box 1a, put a zero.  This prevents TT from issuing an error. In Box 6, enter the tax paid to “B”.  Leave the remaining boxes blank. Click “Continue” back to the Main Screen.

Again open up a New Payer.  We will name this “Dummy2”.  Put a zero In Box 1a and in Box 6 the tax paid to “C”.  Click  “Continue” back to the Main Screen.

Now when we go to the Foreign Tax Credit Interview Section, we are positioned to enter all the necessary data for each country individually.

Now we consider countries “D”, “E”, “F” etc.  
When multiple copies of form 1116 are needed, they have to be created in the right order.
Using TT’s special instructions as a guideline, the following strategy is suggested. Assign to “A” the largest tax paid, then to “B” the 2nd largest and so on through to “F”.  Then when we enter the Foreign Tax Credit Interview Section, we run them through in the same order; greatest to the least.

You may find on part 2 of Form 1116, it is necessary to type in the date for the fictitious Payers which will be the same as the actual Payer, usually 12/31/2017.

If "various" represents a mutual fund, the country name is "RIC"; (regulated investment co.)


ERROR on the "Reporting Foreign Tax Paid to Various" part of the interview, the SOURCE of the Form 1099-DIV does NOT appear in the "Select Dividends Paid By" checkbox.

VERY disappointing that I paid extra $$$ for TurboTax Premier, that is supposedly specially made to handle investment income, only to have to "trick" it into actually working with the COMPLICATED "fix" mentioned above!  Seems like my pencil, calculator and paper forms are much simpler and faster than the tedious "work around" outlined above..., a REAL SHAME!!  I hope TurboTax actually works in 2018!!

ERROR on the "Reporting Foreign Tax Paid to Various" part of the interview, the SOURCE of the Form 1099-DIV does NOT appear in the "Select Dividends Paid By" checkbox.

Was this error fixed in 2019? Turbo tax is looking for a value for qualified dividend and long term capital gains for one of my countries but when I enter an amount it still gives me an error. Where is the source for this value in line 1h?

 

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