Error Code F1040EZ-044: Form 1040EZ, Line 8a 'EarnedIncomeCreditAmt' must have a zero value if an amount is entered. e-File database indicates the taxpayer is not allowed to claim Earned Income Credit for this tax year.
This is an IRS master file rejection. If you believe the taxpayer qualifies for the EIC, then the return will need to be filed on paper.
Follow these steps to file Form 8948, Preparer Explanation for Not Filing Electronically, which is required to be attached to paper filed returns.
- With the client open, go to Screen ELF in the Electronic Filing folder.
- EnterF1040EZ-044 in the IRS error reject code (ERC): ERC number field.