Field size limitations for 1041 electronic filing

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MFA required for electronic filing

Effective May 3rd, the 2017 version of UltraTax CS requires multi-factor authentication (MFA) to transmit e-files from CS Connect. Find out more.

UltraTax CS enables you to enter as much information as will print in the fields on the federal fiduciary income tax forms. However, the IRS allows only a certain number of characters in the fields of an electronically filed return. In some cases, the maximum number of characters you can enter in an UltraTax CS field is more than the maximum number of characters the IRS allows for that field on an electronically filed return. If you enter too many characters in a field, UltraTax CS truncates the text as necessary in the electronic file.

The following table lists the fields that are affected by this difference in field size, the screens in which those fields appear, the number of characters UltraTax CS allows, the number of characters the IRS allows, and the destination of the information on the form. Input screen fields are listed first, followed by noncalculating forms (if applicable).

Screen ID or location Field(s) # of char in UltraTax CS # of char in ELF Destination
Setup > System Configuration > Firm tab Firm address 40 35 Paid Preparer Use Only signature section on Form 1041, Page 1
4562 or Asset tab Depreciation property description (in statement dialog) 45 20 Form 4562, Page 2, line 26 or 27
4562 or Asset tab Amortization property description (in statement dialog) 45 20 Form 4562, Page 2, line 42
Sale Description 45 20 Form 4797, Page 1, line 2 or 10
Sale Description 45 40 Form 4797, Page 2, line 19

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