I entered the amount paid to all of my contractors. This amount showed up as a negative under common business expenses. This did not happen the year before.
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Your profile indicates you are using TurboTax Business. Which type of return are you preparing and where are you entering the amount paid in the program?
Also, where (exactly) are you seeing the negative numbers?
I am having same bug in turbotax business. I enter a value in the "Payments to independent contractors" field and then the 'Common Business Expenses" has a negative value of the same amount. This will cause a miscalculation of tax. These two offset each other and therefore my tax is too high because the contractor payments are not counted as an expense.
I have been answering the interview questions and entering the numbers as I did in previous years for Federal Taxes Deductions: Compensations and Benefits Section, and right away the same amount is deducted from the Business expenses: Common Business Expenses.
In the Forms Mode it shows included in the Other Deductions Worksheet line 21 (of 1120s pg 1-2) but amount is excluded from the total.
Form 1120S Page 1, Line 19 is a whole worksheet, and line 21 is outside service, and it's not working.
I guess I can put on line 35 Other itemize: Outside Services.
However next year it won't transfer the amount to the interview page.
I had the exact same issue. I think this is a bug. You need to add it as "All Other Expenses" but of course, next year it won't see it under "Payments to Independent Contractors" so it may confuse you. This needs to be fixed, unless IRS is getting rid of that line or something.