Hi. I'm still reading up on Form 7203. I was surprised to encounter it in TurboTax this year. I think I put in my income and loss correctly from the K-1 but I have not yet figured out how to do all the basis details :( I'm hoping you can help me understand this screen:
It comes near the end of the K-1 review. The value in "Allowed Loss" ($4,069) is the income for my business and the value currently in "K-1 Amount to Adjust" (-5,679) is my expenses. Unfortunately, this year, I had a loss. I don't understand why the "K-1 Amount to Adjust" field is editable. Am I supposed to change it? Is it implying that it should not exceed the "Allowed Loss"? I doesn't make a big difference in the end result but I want to understand it.
Anyone know what's expected?
I'm still researching 7203 so forgive me if it's an obvious question.
Because your allowed losses exceed the reported K-1 losses, you need to enter no more than the allowed losses for this entry. Note this affects Form 7203 only; you are not changing your K-1 entries.
Actually, my true expenses in the "K-1 Amount to Adjust" (-5,679) exceed what is listed in "Allowed Loss" ($4,069). So, I should change the "K-1 Amount to Adjust" to equal the "Allowed Loss" (I.e., "-4,069"). Is that what you meant?
I think that this is the right answer. If someone from TurboTax is reading the community, I would suggest that this screen could be improved. At a minimum, the screen could tell us what we are expected to do.
Even better, it could proactively change the amount and give the user an informational message saying the amount was changed to the maximum allowed amount. It could also inform us that the K-1 itself was not being changed but rather just Form 7203.
Thanks to Patricia for answering.
@PatriciaV I'm on TT Self-Employed and TT is NOT walking me through the questions...i.e., I don't have screens like the OP shows in their above screenshot. I'm in an actual form 7203...why is my TT edition not walking me through it also?
The Form 7203 interview is slightly different in TurboTax desktop, but the main entries on the form are made manually using the same format as TurboTax Online. A lot depends on the version you're using. The OP was in TurboTax Deluxe for Desktop, which has limited help for this form. TurboTax Self-Employed is the most fully-featured online version.
Because Form 7203 is new this year, and the IRS has not fully finalized the format, completing the entries can be confusing and time-consuming. You may wish to consider filing an extension of time to file so you can work on this over the summer. Read more here: How do I file an IRS extension (Form 4868) in TurboTax Online?