TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ

E-file reject SEIC-F1040-535-02: For each child on Schedule EIC (Form 1040A or Form 1040), Line 2 'QualifyingChildSSN' and Line 3 'ChildYearOfBirth' must match that in the e-File database

This rejection can occur when a dependent's date of birth or Social Security number has been entered incorrectly.

Less commonly, this rejection can be caused by a mismatch with the IRS database, or if the dependent's Social Security number was issued late last year.


Follow these steps to make sure your dependent's info has been entered correctly:

  1. Open (continue) your return in TurboTax.
  2. You'll be prompted to confirm the status of your return(s). Click Continue.
  3. Proceed to the Your Personal Info Summary screen by clicking Continue. On that screen, verify the SSN and birthdate for the dependent.
    • The birthdate should be in the United States month/day/year format (MM/DD/YYYY). For example, June 11, 2013 should be entered as 06/11/2013, not 11/06/2013.

If the birthdate or SSN needs correcting:

  1. Click Edit next to the dependent, then Edit again on the next screen.
    • Proceed to the Tell Us About Your Child screen to fix the birthdate, then click Continue.
    • To correct the Social Security number, keep going until you reach the Now Let'sTie Up One More Thing screen (it's about 5 or 6 screens in). After fixing, click Continue, then Done.
  2. Click File in the upper-right area, then follow the instructions to proceed with the filing process.

If the birthdate and SSN are correct:

It could be that the info in the IRS database is incorrect or your dependent isn't in their database yet. You won't be able to e-file even though your information was entered correctly.

To paper-file your return, click File in the upper-right area and follow the onscreen instructions to file by mail.

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.