So my wife as a really long last name (25 characters), which exceeds 20 characters. This is her name on the Social Security Card, there`s nothing we can do to change.
Now, I can`t abbreviate her last name, as it doesn`t match IRS files and is rejected and returned. I also cannot write down her real last name as the tool does not allow me. What to do?
On a second note: If IRS allows people to have last names longer than 20 characters, why on earth Turbo Tax imposes that limit? It is an arbitrary number that only screws up my life. Not a customer that will come back next year if I have to paper file it.
The IRS should not reject because the characters cutoff. This is a common occurrence. Just enter what you can. The IRS identifies with social security numbers and a truncated name should not cause any issues.
To my shame, after I printed everything, I noticed I put a wrong SSN number for my wife. Since I had already clicked on "file by mail" I had to use the tip on this article "Can`t Edit my taxes". I clicked on "add new state" as instructed, updated the SSN for the correct number, and submitted again with a truncated name. Hope that works
Thanks for the quick reply.
Actually, you should still be able to e-file, even if your wife's complete name is too long to enter. The IRS scans the first five letters of each name (first and last) to the social security number.
Type as much of her name that you can fit and you should be fine. Confirm that your tax return isn't being rejected for another reason.
Keep us posted!
Interesting point. So in a name as in:
Last: Doedoe Onehundred Twohundred
The system check would be:
SSN: Total --> Match
First: J a n e j --> Match
Last: D o e D o --> Match
is that it?
I filed over mail this time, but I want to learn how to file electronically next year
Yes, as long as Social Security has Doedoe Onehundred Twohundred shown as the "last" name...usually (on newer cards) the "last" name is on line 2 of the SS card.
When someone has multiple middle or last names, sometimes Social Security has the wrong name showing as "last".
If the SS card shows
Janejane Doedoe <-- line 1
Onehundred Twohundred <-- line 2
then Onehundred Twohundred is the "last" name.