TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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Reject 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)

This rejection can occur if the spouse's name or Social Security number has been entered incorrectly. (The 'spouse' is the second taxpayer listed on a joint return.)

Less commonly, this rejection can be caused by a mismatch with the IRS database.


Follow these steps to make sure the spouse's info has been entered correctly. The name and Social Security number in TurboTax should match their Social Security card. See also Helpful Tips, below.

  1. Open (continue) your return in TurboTax.
  2. You'll be prompted to confirm the status of your return(s). Click Continue.
  3. At the Rejected message, click Help Me Fix It.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to fix the error and re-file your return.

Helpful Tips

  • Transposing the Social Security number is a common error, so carefully review your TurboTax entry, digit by digit.
  • If the spouse's name or Social Security number changed recently, and the new info got rejected, try their previous info (or vice-versa).
  • For multiple middle names, use the initial for the first middle name only (for example, Jane L. E. Doe should be entered as Jane L Doe in TurboTax).
  • Hyphenated last names go into the Last name field in their entirety.
  • Generally, with nonhyphenated multiple last names, the very last name goes into the Last name field, for example:
    • Sally J. Linden Smith should be entered as Sally J. Smith
    • Sally (no middle initial) Linden Smith should be entered as Sally (no middle initial) Smith

What if everything already matches the spouse's Social Security card?

It could be that the info in the IRS database is incorrect, or that the spouse's recently-changed name or Social Security number isn't in their database yet.

Keep following the onscreen instructions and we'll help you file your return by mail. You won't be able to e-file even though your information was entered correctly.

Tip: To prevent this rejection next year, call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213 to verify their records (this is where the IRS database pulls from). If the info is wrong, please allow 4–6 weeks for correction.