IRS ‘Free File Fillable Forms’ For 2021 (i.e., 2020 Tax Year) AGAIN Has A Negative Number Error In ‘Schedule D’ — Precludes eFile.
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PANIC. This error is a SHOW STOPPER.
If you have to report short-term capital gain LOSSES on your Schedule D you are SCREWED.
‘Free File Fillable Forms‘ will NOT accept a negative number in column (d), i.e., Proceeds (sales prices). Yes, proceeds can be NEGATIVE. Smile. It can even be quite a BIG negative number. The IRS allows you to enter NEGATIVE numbers in these columns. You enter them in parenthesis.
FFFF does NOT let you enter parenthesis. But, it lets you enter a NEGATIVE number with a MINUS in front.
The problem is that the eFile XML checker has an ERROR. I hate XML. Can’t believe that they still use XML. XML is a bloody joke.
Well, you have to print the return & mail it. This will be the SECOND time eFile has not worked with FFFF.
Search ‘Free Fillable’.
‘Intuit’ ‘TurboTax’ ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed Refund Policy’ Is A Joke, A Scam — Totally & Utterly Sleazy.
I will NEVER, EVER have anything to do with Intuit TurboTax again. Wow. I am in shock.
I thought getting a refund, giving the circumstances would be easy. A piece of cake. WOW. Not so. Took me over 2-hours just to reach a person. They could NOT do anything over the phone. Well, READ the image at the top. 5 to 7 business days JUST to review the request. Then UP TO 6-weeks to make the REFUND.
6 FRIGGING WEEKS! To refund $120 that they got from me.
That is NOT right. That is WRONG.
I never would have thought that Intuit was that scammy!
So, BE AWARE.
I am going with H&R Block. They couldn’t be any worse. Yes, their software doesn’t run on Windows 7 either. So, I will have to use the ONLINE version. Not happy.
As regular readers of this block know, I am a HUGE & long time fan & supporter of the IRS ‘Free Fillable Forms‘. I have been doing my own taxes, without ‘tax software’ for at least the last 7-years. I can do it again, all on my own, without ‘TurboTax’ (equivalent), this year too. But, I could do with some CALCULATION help NEXT YEAR (i.e., 2021 taxes). Due to some ‘exceptional’ Capital Gains, that I could not really delay for any longer, I will have to do some major calculations next year. Yes, I could do it by hand — & I probably will. But, it would be nice to have software on hand to check my calculations — rather than getting a letter from the IRS that I screwed up. Every time I get a letter from the IRS I am sure I lose 10-years of life expectancy — hence why I am already living on borrowed time.
Well, I like to plan ahead. Belts & braces. I don’t want to jump straight into using tax software in 2022 without ANY experience of how it works. Next year’s taxes are going to be complicated enough without having to contend with new software.
So, I was going to do a TRIAL RUN this year. Try & get familiar with the software.
Well Intuit SCREWED ME. Not happy.
Check Category ‘Rants’.
I gave up on VAMS, i.e., the U.S. Federal Government ‘Vaccine Administration Management System’, within 5-minutes of logging on, earlier this week, when it could not get me a vaccination appointment outside of 6-weeks. I could tell, even on first use, that VAMS was struggling.
Then today our Governor, Chris Sununu, said that VAMS is FLAWED & that New Hampshire will develop its own system! Pigs will fly.
This is another SCAM. The U.S. Government getting scammed by unscrupulous companies & INSIDE officials.
The U.S. has ALL of the world’s leading software companies! The U.S. knows how to create software.
But, Federal INSIDERS scam US the tax payers. They give contracts out to their ‘friends’. SMILE. We end up with useless software.
This needs to be looked into.
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“The check is IN THE MAIL”
So, rather than fixing the “Get My Payment” portal to allow you to enter Bank Information it now just says: “check WILL be mailed“. Not even: “in the mail“. Check will be mailed.
Not soon. End of next week.
I am speechless.
What bloody incompetence.
IRS ‘Stimulus Check’ “Get My Payment” Portal WORSE Than ‘ObamaCare’ Portal In 2013 — With Its ‘Technical Difficulties’.
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This is the problem.
MANDATORY field. You have to click one or the other, and after that it will NOT accept ‘0’.
This is so frigging patheetic — even by D.C. standards.
This is what happens when you have software written by crackheads — and from what I can see, most of today’s programmers are ON DRUGS!
This should be a 5-minute fix and 4 of those would be for TESTING. I know. I was a high-flying programmer for 20-years, and was HIRED as a programmer by IBM in 1973 (when they had very high-standards (and after they made me take 3 IQ tests).
How can YOU? So trivial.
What amazes me is that it wasn’t fixed. So easy.
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Do NOT panic.
It is NOT a showstopper.
It does not mess you up.
It prints OK.
So, the issue is that YOU put in $3000 and it AUTOMATICALLY puts the MINUS in front, though it is a field in ‘parenthesis’, i.e., already negative. So, we have a DOUBLE negative.
But, this error isn’t carried over to the 1040. That is good.
Also prints OK.
So do NOT panic.
Enjoy. Happy 2019 Taxes. Smile.
James & Lizette Eckert, Alton (NH) Shooting Victims: Vital Data Culled From Excellent ‘Boston Globe’ Article.
Data culled from this “Boston Globe” article.
Long article. So, I am summarizing some of the key data so you can get a snapshot.
But, please read the original if you have the time. It is very good & informative.
♦ Met at ‘Palmer College of Chiropractic‘ in Iowa.
♦ Got married in 1997. [He would have been 26, she 28. No details of prior relationships, children or where they came from.]
♦ Established ‘Innate chiropractic’ in South Portland in 1998. [There is also, coincidentally or otherwise, an ‘Innate Chiropractic’ in Iowa.]
♦ Owned a ‘big house’ on a lake in Gray, Maine — the lake being ‘Little Sebago Lake’.
♦ One biological child, a daughter (born before 2010, probably around 2004).
♦ Adopted two boys (NOT twins) from a Russian orphanage in 2010 via ‘KidsFirst Adoption’ agency in Indiana.. The youngest, the 11-year old shooter, would have been 2-years old at the time. The older brother was probably 4 or 5.
They violated Russian adoption rules, which require mandatory yearly updates, by ceasing to send such reports after the third year.
♦ Believed to have had, c. 2010, $100,000 in credit card debts & $250,000 in student loans.
But, had not stopped them from buying a boat, a timeshare and a Mercedes Benz camper.
♦ 2009 IRS audit on ‘Innate chiropractic’ that resulted in the IRS asking for $100,000+ in payments.
They contested the IRS in court.
♦ August 2011: With battle with IRS ongoing they file for bankruptcy: over $2 million in liabilities, just $600,000 in assets.
♦ March 2012: Stopped paying mortgage.
♦ July 2012: Dismissed bankruptcy proceedings. Not going as they had hoped. They were now liable for all of their ever mounting debt.
Move to Alton
♦ Late 2012: They abscond from their Gray, Maine house (with its unpaid mortgage) at night — taking with them, among other things, the water heater from the house.
♦ Farmhouse, at 76 Dobbins Way, Alton, where the shooting took place, was supposedly built-in 1770. It sits on 19-acres.
It was purchased in October 2012 for $140,000 — supposedly by Lizette Eckert’s father.
♦ Lizette started working for ‘Sanctuary Bodyworks and Sauna‘ in Pittsfield, NH, as a chiropractor.
♦ James ran a chiropractic business, from home, in Alton, called “The Big Idea“. [I can’t find any details about it or whether he was licensed to practice in New Hampshire.]
UPDATE: His NH license supposedly lapsed in 2015. Possibly her’s too. Check this April 11, 2019 post.
This year’s problem is crazy. Basically line 8a is dead. It doesn’t do the math and it won’t allow you to enter the value manually! I guess they had planned to make the two fields on that line 8a & 8b automatic — i.e., they would do the math. Simple enough.
8a = line 3 * line 7.
Guess they screwed up putting in the code to do that. So, it remains unpopulated.
And herein lies a fundamental problem with FFFF. If there is a way to OVERRIDE their ‘no entry’ block — I don’t know what it is.
They really should provide an OVERRIDE so that you can always modify or populate a field. Without that you are screwed.
So, I was screwed again. Also means I can’t use the FFFF electronic filing because I can’t complete all the Forms.
Luckily all 1040 Forms on IRS.GOV, this year, are fully editable online! Pretty neat. So, basically the same as FFFF.
So, I did Form 8962 and Schedule 2 online.
I, as I did last year, just mailed it in. Hate doing it, but it was the easiest for I.
‘Free File Fillable Forms’ For 2018 Federal Tax Returns (With Latest Forms) Now Available At IRS.gov.
Yes! YeS! YES!
I just love ‘Free File Fillable Forms‘ — from the IRS, available to ALL, for FREE.
I have been using it, with GREAT SUCCESS, for the last 7 years (if not more). It works like a treat and every year they refine it a bit more to make it even better.
Yes, the 2018 ‘tax reform’ has messed things up and complicated matters BUT you can still get around. I just started today. Looks good. I am happy. Enjoy/
Helps if you have a printed set of IRS ‘1040’ instructions handy.
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I am sure that some of you, no doubt, were very familiar with this arbitrary restriction and have found ways to work around it.
It was NEW to I. Never seen it or heard about it before.
Wow. I am gobsmacked. So, inconsiderate. What is the big deal? $100 million, $200 million a $1 billion. Just accept the check and move on,
Not cool. Not funny. I am going to complain to Drump. He must have run into this, often.