There are certain requirements that must be present on a Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement (or Form 1099-R Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc.), including the Employer Identification Number (for a Form W-2) or Payer's Federal Identification Number (for a Form 1099-R).
If the income is foreign income, and you did not actually receive a Form W-2 or Form 1099-R, then you should not fill out those forms in the program. You should instead complete the FEC (Foreign Employer Compensation) worksheet. This income will appear on Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Line 1 (if entered in the Foreign Employer's Compensation Amount field) or Form 1040, Line 4 (if entered in the Foreign Pension Received or Taxable Amount of Foreign Pension fields).
To enter foreign wages or foreign retirement income reported to a taxpayer by means other than a Form W-2 or Form 1099-R in the TaxAct® program:
The FEC worksheet is not an IRS form, but is a worksheet only in the TaxAct program used to collect the information and transfer it to the appropriate place on the return. All information entered on the worksheet is transmitted with the return if it is electronically filed. If the return is paper filed, there is no documentation required to be sent with the return. The IRS will contact the taxpayer if they need any additional information on the amount entered on the return for foreign wages or foreign retirement income. If you would still like to print the FEC worksheet to mail with the return, the following steps will allow you to do that.
Note. If you see a message indicating you have not paid, you will need to click the View/Pay link which will direct you through the Paper Filing steps. Continue through the screens until you have processed the payment for your product fees and then repeat the steps to print.
In the print dialog box that appears, you are able to choose if you wish to send the output to a printer or a PDF document.
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.