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How do I fix e-file reject code F2441-526?

SOLVEDby TurboTax98Updated December 16, 2021

If you receive the e-file reject code F2441-526 your return has been rejected by the IRS because one or more qualifying persons identified on your Child and Dependent Care Form 2441 Part II, Line 2(b) has already been claimed as a qualifying person on another taxpayer’s return.

To identify the qualifying person in question:

  • Review the description field in the rejection error. The path statement has a number enclosed in brackets (for example, [x]). This number identifies the qualifying person on Form 2441 that caused the reject.
  • Verify the qualifying person's Social Security number (SSN) has been entered correctly. If necessary, correct the SSN and resubmit this return.

If there are no data entry errors and you believe this rejection is invalid, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft and can't contact the IRS:

  1. Continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return. You will need to print and mail your return.
  2. Send a detailed letter with the return explaining (with receipts) how you are entitled to claim the Child and Dependent Care Credits.

If you determine child and dependent care expenses for the qualifying person have legitimately been claimed on another taxpayer's return, remove the dependent's care expenses and resubmit your return electronically.

To remove the dependent or verify social security numbers:

  1. Sign into your TurboTax account.
  2. Select Fix my return.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to fix the error.

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