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If you are seeing the Red Alert in the electronic filing steps, Error or Omission: Form W-2G - Winner State Abbreviation, this is indicating you have not entered a state of residency for the taxpayer or spouse on Form W-2G Certain Gambling Winnings, an entry made in the Basic Information section of the Q&A (in the foreign country field) may be causing this Alert.

To address this Alert:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Basic Information in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, then click Address.
  3. Click the Enter a foreign address link, then select "None selected" from the Foreign country drop-down. Note. "None Selected" is a different option than "None."
  4. Click the Enter a U.S. address link, select the correct state from the State drop-down for your situation, then click Continue.
  5. Click Filing to file the return and the Alert should be gone. If it is not, please try the following.

If the previous steps did not solve the issue of the Alert in the filing steps, then it may be possible the foreign country field was also entered on the Form W-2G like it was in the Basic Information section of the Q&A:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Other Income in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, then click Gambling winnings.
  3. Click Yes, then click Continue until you reach the screen where you can select Review to review the form that was mentioned in the Alert.
  4. On this screen, click Enter a foreign address, then select "None Selected" from the Foreign country drop-down. Note. "None Selected" is a different option than "None."
  5. Click Enter a U.S. address, select the correct state from the State drop-down for your situation, then click Continue.
  6. Click Filing to file the return - the Alert should be gone.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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