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Entering data directly on a form is easy with TaxAct Desktop programs and TaxAct Professional Editions.

  1. Click Forms on the toolbar to bring up Forms Explorer.
  2. In the left pane, find the appropriate form, document received, or worksheet desired. You can also use the search bar above the navigation pane, on the left end of the blue bar. You can type in a form number or any word that may be used in a form name. The navigation list will automatically filter to any forms that contain the search terms.
  3. When the form is located, click to expand the list beneath it.
  4. Either double-click an existing form or click Add Copy to open the form.
    Note. Some forms are only available in certain versions of TaxAct and will return a pop-up menu with an explanation. Other forms may be listed but cannot be accessed directly. In this case, when you click Add Copy, you'll see a list of schedules or worksheets that must be completed first for the information to flow back to the form you desire.
  5. Find the appropriate line on the form that is now open, highlight the number in the blue field and click the yellow folder to open the supporting document/worksheet for that field.
  6. Additional copies can be created for most forms by clicking the document icon in the upper left corner or clicking Add Copy from within Forms Explorer.

Use caution when entering data directly onto a form. Any field that displays a blue number is pulling information from a different part of the program or interview or is a calculated field. Only the green numbers are user-entry fields.

Example:

To enter depreciation:

  1. Click Forms.
  2. Open the Federal 1040.
  3. Scroll down to Line 12 Business Income or Loss.
  4. Highlight the blue number and click the yellow folder. This takes you to Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business.
  5. Scroll down to Line 13 Depreciation.
  6. Highlight the blue number and click the yellow folder. This takes you to Form 4562 Depreciation and Amortization. Note that you cannot enter information directly onto this form.
  7. Click on any of the blue numbers and it will open up a Depreciation Worksheet.
  8. In the upper left-hand corner, there is a button to create additional copies of the worksheet, if needed.
  9. Once completed, the data will flow to the correct location on Form 4562, then Schedule C.

If you're unable to locate the form, schedule, or worksheet in the list displayed, it isn't supported in our product. You may download it directly from the IRS at the link below.

If you are unable to navigate through the forms, we suggest that you click Q&A and use the interview method. This will ask questions about your particular tax situation and place the data in the appropriate location.

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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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