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10299: 1120S - Attaching Form 2553 as a PDF for e-Filing

1120S S Corporation

How do I attach Form 2553 to an S-Corporation return that I intend to e-file?


Form 2553 must be completed to generate Form 2553. Then the completed form must be attached as a PDF to the e-filed return. To do so,

  1. On screen 1, check the box Attaching Form 2553 as a PDF Document.
  2. Complete the 2553 screen to generate the form in view mode. 
  3. Select and print all pages of Form 2553.
  4. Have all shareholders sign the form.
  5. Scan the signed Form 2553.
  6. Name the document "Form 2553.PDF" and save it somewhere easily accessible.
  7. Go to View, and click the Attach PDF icon on the toolbar.
  8. Browse to and select the 2553 PDF.
  9. Click Open.
  10. A green check mark is displayed beside the form. The form is now attached and will be transmitted with the rest of the tax return. 
  11. Recalculate the return to clear EF Message 1513.

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