TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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How do I fix a rejected return?

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If you can't fix your rejected return and e-file, just print and mail it instead.

Got rejected? Don't take it personally.

Step 1: Check your email

The solution to some e-file rejections is as close as your Inbox. Look for an ACTION NEEDED! email from turbotax@intuit.com and follow the instructions.

Didn't get an email? Open your return to get the rejection reason and proceed to step 2.

Step 2: Search for a solution

If you didn't get an email, search on the reject message or code for instructions on how to fix.

Here are links to solutions for the most "popular" IRS rejections for tax year 2018:

  1. IND-031-04: The AGI or Self-select PIN from last year for the first taxpayer doesn't match IRS records
  2. FW2-502: The name or EIN for an employer on your W-2 doesn't match IRS records
  3. R0000-504-02: The name or Social Security number for a dependent on your return doesn't match IRS records
  4. R0000-507-01: A dependent on your return has already been claimed on another return
  5. R0000-500-01: The name or Social Security number for the first taxpayer doesn't match IRS records
  6. IND-181-01: The Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) for the first taxpayer on your return is missing
  7. IND-032-04: The spouse's AGI or Self-select PIN from last year doesn't match IRS records
  8. IND-046-01: Form 8862 is missing from the tax return and it is required to be able to claim the earned income credit (EIC)
  9. R0000-503-02: The secondary taxpayer's Social Security number and last name don't match IRS records. The IRS receives this information from the Social Security Administration (SSA)

Step 3: Open and fix your return

If you haven't already opened your rejected return, now's the time to do so.

Follow any "fix-it" directions you see in your program (not all rejections will have this). Otherwise, navigate to the program area to address the cause of the rejection, then proceed to the final step.

Time-saving Tip: If what you originally entered is correct, you won't be able to e-file. There's probably a data mismatch at the government, a dependent that's already been claimed, or some other situation beyond your control that prevents your return from being e-filed.

In these cases, go ahead and file a paper return, rather than wasting your time trying to "fix" something you can't fix.

Step 4: Re-file your return

After completing the previous 3 steps, you're ready to re-file.

In your TurboTax program, select File in the left-hand menu (mobile devices: go to the upper-left corner to open the side menu, then select File).

Follow the onscreen instructions to either e-file your return or file by mail.

Note: If you get the same rejection a second time (or third, or fourth, or fifth...) and you see no mistakes on your return, select the file by mail option to paper-file your return. Sometimes, returns keep getting rejected even though there's nothing wrong with them (data mismatches, dependents already claimed, and so forth).

In these cases, we recommend paper-filing by mail rather than wasting additional time trying to "fix" something that is beyond your control.


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