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  1. She's still his step-daughter. The only relationship that ends at divorce is between the spouses. You're even still related to your in-laws. ( I had a student get depressed when I told a class that fact !)
  2. This isn't just transposing numbers. The SS# on the W-2 is nowhere near the TP,s or his late wife.
  3. He came to us for tax prep. He had filed on his own for 2019 when his wife died. The file wasn't available for roll over, so the preparer used the information from the W-2. He hadn't noticed the SS# in the W-2 until the latter came from Austin. The address, DOB, etc are all accurate. Just the SS# is wrong. We filed the return and it was accepted immediately. I've advised the client to contact the employer. They are out of state, so don't know how that will go.
  4. This is one that I haven't dealt with for a long time. Client filed 2020 return using the SS# from a W-2 that he had. The return was e-filed and accepted by IRS. He just received an identity verification letter which I have instructed him to respond toby phone at once. I have 2 questions about this. First, as the SS# used on the return was not even remotely close to his number, why did IRS accept the return ? Usually this would cause a reject on filing, but it didn't. This makes me nervous about the possibility of TP using 2 different numbers, or someone using his info to get a number. Second, do I file a 1040X to zero out the original return and then file under the correct number, or is there another way to deal with this ?
  5. I'm having a problem with the ATX 2020 tax program. If i try to check the "news" button for new messages, I get the "this program has encountered an error and needs to Close" message. It then closes no matter what i do. This only happens on one computer and the other years have no problem. Any ideas?
  6. The business was open and available in March. It had to close down due to the Covid shutdowns. They deal with parties and other gatherings which did not happen in 2020. They are doing some business this year.
  7. Thanks Lynn. I had a mental block on this.
  8. I've just been given a partnership return for a new business that started in 2020. Because of Covid, they were unable to do any business in 2020. They have expenses such as rent and utilities, but no revenue. They do have revenue in 2021. Do i need to file a return for 2020, or should I write off the expenses as start-up costs and amortize starting in 2021 ? I've not encountered this situation before.
  9. No. Drake tells me to mail the signed form, but also says it can be e-filed with the return. Confusing.
  10. I have a 1041 that will need a Form 8855 . Can that form be e-filed with the 1041, or will we need to mail? I've never used this form before.
  11. I found the problem! I was having problems with the Drake program not starting when I clicked the desktop icons. Evidently when that happened DStart would start running and not stop. After several attempts, the apps would run the CPU up to 100% and slow everything down. I ended the DStart apps and re- installed the desktop icons for the 2 years of Drake that were the problem. Everything is running up to speed now. Thanks Abby for your suggestion. That got the ball rolling for me.
  12. I see that I have 4 DStart processes running at 24% of CPU each. The CPU is evidently running at 100% overall. Is that it?
  13. This machine has 16 GB RAM. The problem affects resident programs, internet and network based programs. This is a rebuilt machine with Windows 10 Pro installed and has been quite good until today. I've re-booted several times. When i tried to access Task Manager I got a message that no apps were running at this time. Is it time to get a big hammer?
  14. This morning my computer has been running very slow. It's like the processor has slowed down or something is interfering with the process. I've run anti-virus and disk cleanup, but no improvement. Any ideas ? I'm not good with Windows 10 yet.
  15. Thanks cbslee. I missed that when I was looking earlier.
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