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Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed? Can't tell whether I have a task to complete when returns already accepted.

I checked the filed copy I printed and form 8949 was included, so I'm confused.

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Level 17

Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed? Can't tell whether I have a task to complete when returns already accepted.

"Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed?"

Here's why:  On the page where TurboTax asked how you wanted to enter your trades - one at a time or summarized - you answered "summarized", perhaps not understanding the consequences of that decision.

Form 8949 that you submit to the IRS is supposed to show each and every trade you made and each trade is supposed to contain the following information:

  • Description of what was sold
  • Date acquired
  • Date sold
  • Proceeds
  • Cost
  • Adjustment code (if necessary)
  • Adjustment amount (if necessary)
  • Gain or loss

IF you opted to summarize your sales THEN you were supposed to make "summary" entries for each of the six sales categories, (Box A, Box B, Box C, etc.), where you had trades.  That is for each sales category you'd enter the total proceeds, total cost, total adjustments (if any), etc. needed.  These numbers show up on Form 8949 - which is still part of your income tax return - but of course the Form 8949 you submit doesn't contain the required detail.   You have to mail the detail information to the IRS submitting either a Form 8949 provided by the broker (although I guess the 1099-B will do as well) or a substitute schedule with the same information.

TurboTax just doesn't do a good job here because the consequences of selecting "summarized" are not even mentioned on the page asking the question.  You have to click through two levels of "On Demand Tax Guidance" before Form 8453 get a mention.

Tom Young
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Level 1

Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed? Can't tell whether I have a task to complete when returns already accepted.

Thanks Tom.  Pretty crappy of Turbotax to say you can summarize.  Every year, I itemized every transaction, but this year, when they gave me the option, I figured I was saving time.    They didn't say it would affect my e-filing.   NOT happy about this at all!  In fact, I'm pissed I have to do it again!
Level 18

Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed? Can't tell whether I have a task to complete when returns already accepted.

look for code "M" in col (f) of one or more 8949.That is the mail in indicator
If there is not any M, there is nothing to do.
Level 1

Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed? Can't tell whether I have a task to complete when returns already accepted.

Yeah - I have an "M" so it sucks.   I think Intuit needs to fix this next year!   That's what you get for hoping you can cut  corners and summarize sales.
Level 1

Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed? Can't tell whether I have a task to complete when returns already accepted.

Turbotax certainly doesn't make it easy to lodge a complaint or call customer service.   Very disappointed in their software and not providing full disclosure on the consequences of summarizing your stock sales!
Level 1

Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed? Can't tell whether I have a task to complete when returns already accepted.

The customer service person hung up on me and now I cannot reach them because they keep saying my # is not qualified for this benefit!
Level 18

Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed? Can't tell whether I have a task to complete when returns already accepted.

use a substitute form 8949, that is, consolidated 1099\b from your broker. try to trim off extraneous material.
send it to the designated IRS office for receiving such material
Level 1

Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed? Can't tell whether I have a task to complete when returns already accepted.

THat's what I plan to do - just sending the 1099 B and highlighting the appropriate #'s that tie to my filed form. But there's no way to lodge a complaint to TurboTax because their software interview should be EXPLICIT when it offers the option to summarize stock sales - that if you do that, you will have to send in paper which defeats the benefits of e-filing! Thanks fanfare.
Level 1

Why did Turbotax make me print form 8453, referencing form 8949 which was e-filed? Can't tell whether I have a task to complete when returns already accepted.

Thanks for the answers above. I am having the same problem and am really upset about it as I thought that I was finally done with everything.  They really need to fix this in the interview.