Including Attachments With Return

You may be required to include additional files with your return. If you are, you’ll be prompted to attach those files during the e-filing process. Check the Federal and State sections of the TaxAct program to make sure you've added any necessary attachments.

How do I add an attachment?

Click Add next to an optional or required category to upload a new attachment. Choose the appropriate options from the available drop-downs and review the additional information provided. Click Browse to locate the PDF on your computer, then click Finish to attach the file to your return. You can click < Back at any time to return to the first screen.

Can I view or delete an attachment I’ve added?

Yes. Click View to see the attachment or click Delete to remove it.

What if I attach a wrong or invalid file by mistake?

If your attachment is invalid for any reason, you will see a red invalid attachments warning and an alert in the filing steps. Remove the invalid attachment before filing.

Will a new PDF replace an older version?

No. If you upload a new version of an attachment, delete any copies you previously attached.

Why do I get an error message when I try to upload a document?

Only PDFs can be attached to your return. An error message will appear if you attempt to upload other file types.

I have only a paper copy of my documentation. What do I do?

Use a scanner or a mobile scanning app to create a PDF version of the document.

What if my attachment is in a different file format?

You can convert the document to a PDF. For instructions, go to our Attaching Documents to a Return FAQ.

What situations require a PDF attachment?

If you’re claiming the Section 83(b) Election statement or treating a nonresident alien spouse as a U.S. resident, additional documentation is required.

What situations are optional for PDF attachments?

On Form 2210 Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates, and Trusts, Part II, if Boxes A or B are selected, or if you’re using Form 8948 Preparer Explanation for Not Filing Electronically and listing all transactions individually, attachments are optional.

What if a dependent born last year is now deceased?

If the dependent didn’t have a social security number (SSN), type "DIED" instead of entering an SSN for that person in the basic info section of the Q&A.

Do I need to include documentation for a deceased child?

If the child did have an SSN, you are not required to attach a copy of the child's birth certificate, death certificate, or hospital records showing a live birth.

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