Alternate Electronic Return Originator (ERO) and paid preparer presentations (1041)

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The following table provides information about the data entry required to use alternative presentations of Electronic Return Originator (ERO) and preparer information on versions of Form 8453 for 1120, 1065, and 1041 returns.

  • Column 1: ERO - UltraTax CS defaults to the licensed firm information for the ERO information on Form 8453-FE and in the electronic file. This column indicates whether you want the license information or alternate information to show as the ERO.
  • Column 2: Preparer - UltraTax CS uses the paid preparer information entered in the Preparer block field, which you can access by choosing File > Client Properties. This column indicates whether you want to designate the paid preparer as the source of license information, whether you want to designate an alternate paid preparer (for example, when a client has had the return prepared by another preparer but wants you to electronically file the return), or whether the return was either self- or taxpayer-prepared, or prepared by the IRS.
  • Column 3: Single or multiple ERO / EFIN
    An EFIN is a six-digit number assigned by the IRS to accepted Electronic Return Originators (EROs). The EFIN is also used as the first six digits in the 11-digit preparer Personal Identification Number (PIN).
    - UltraTax CS allows you to designate whether a single Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) and ERO or multiple EFINs and EROs are being used. This function is enabled by clicking either the All returns will file using EFIN option or the Several EFINs are being used option in the Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab. For additional information, see Defining the 1041 electronic filing configuration.
  • Column 4: UltraTax CS data entry necessary - This column describes the steps you need to perform in UltraTax CS to achieve a particular result.

    Note: You must obtain a Per-Return-Pricing (PRP) number for each client to which an alternate preparer has been designated prior to the creation of the electronic file. You can obtain a PRP number through CS Connect or by contacting a Customer Service representative. For more information about PRP, see Entering PRP preparer block information.

  • Column 5: Presentation on Form 8453-FE - This column describes information that will or will not appear in the Form 8453-FE ERO's Use Only and Paid Preparer Use Only sections. The ERO's Use Only section always displays the ERO-related data entered in UltraTax CS, regardless of who prepared the return. If the ERO is also the paid preparer, then UltraTax CS marks the Check if also paid preparer checkbox on the form. UltraTax CS completes the Paid Preparer Use Only section only if the paid preparer is not the ERO.

ERO

Preparer

Single or multiple ERO / EFIN

UltraTax CS data entry necessary

Presentation on Form 8453-FE

Same as license

Same as license

Single

Click the Use the preparer block option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button. Select Per License Agreement in the Preparer block drop-down list in File > Client Properties. UltraTax CS defaults to this behavior.

ERO section with license information only, no entry in the Paid Preparer section

Different from license

Same as license

Single

Click the Use alternate ERO information option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button. Select Per License Agreement in the Preparer block drop-down list in File > Client Properties.

ERO section with Alternate ERO information, license information in the Paid Preparer section

Same as license

Different from license

Single

Click the Use the preparer block option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button. Select the alternate preparer block for another preparer in the Preparer block drop-down list in File > Client properties.

ERO section with license data, other preparer information in the Paid Preparer section

Different from license

Different from license

Single

Click the Use alternate ERO information option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button. Select the alternate preparer block for another preparer in the Preparer block drop-down list in File > Client Properties.

ERO section with Alternate ERO information, other preparer information in the Paid Preparer section

Same as license

None

Single

Click the Use the preparer block option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button. Mark the Print, "Prepared by a non-paid preparer" in the Preparer block checkbox in the Additional Preparer Information dialog for the current preparer. See Printing "This tax return prepared by a non-paid preparer" in the preparer block.

ERO section with license information, no entry in the Paid Preparer section

Different from license

None

Single

Click the Use alternate ERO information option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button. Mark the Print, "Prepared by a non-paid preparer" in the Preparer block checkbox in the Additional Preparer Information dialog for the current preparer. See Printing "This tax return prepared by a non-paid preparer" in the preparer block.

ERO section with Alternate ERO information, no entry in the Paid Preparer section

Same as license

Same as license

Multiple

Click the Use the preparer block option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button for each ERO that you want to use for this behavior. Select Per License Agreement in the Preparer block drop-down list in File > Client Properties. UltraTax CS defaults to this behavior.

ERO section with license information only, no entry in the Paid Preparer section

Different from license

Same as license

Multiple

Click the Use alternate ERO information option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button for each ERO that you want to use for this behavior. Select Per License Agreement in the Preparer block drop-down list in File > Client Properties.

ERO section with Alternate ERO information, license information in the Paid Preparer section

Same as license

Different from license

Multiple

Click the Use the preparer block option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button for each ERO that you want to use for this behavior. Select the alternate preparer block for another preparer in the Preparer block drop-down list in File > Client properties.

ERO section with license information, other preparer information in the Paid Preparer section

Different from license

Different from license

Multiple

Click the Use the alternate information option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button for each ERO / EFIN that you want to use for this behavior. Select the alternate preparer block for another preparer in the Preparer block drop-down list in File > Client properties.

ERO section with Alternate ERO information, other preparer information in the Paid Preparer section

Same as license

None

Multiple

Click the Use the preparer block option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button for each ERO that you want to use for this behavior. Mark the Print, "Prepared by a non-paid preparer" in the Preparer block checkbox in the Additional Preparer Information dialog for the current preparer. See Printing "This tax return prepared by a non-paid preparer" in the preparer block.

ERO section with license information, no entry in the Paid Preparer section

Different from license

None

Multiple

Click the Use the alternate information option in Setup > Office Configuration > E-Filing tab > ERO button for each ERO that you want to use for this behavior. Mark the Print, "Prepared by a non-paid preparer" in the Preparer block checkbox in the Additional Preparer Information dialog for the current preparer. See Printing "This tax return prepared by a non-paid preparer" in the preparer block.

ERO section with Alternate ERO information, no entry in the Paid Preparer section

Related topic: Configuring UltraTax CS for 1041 electronic returns overview


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