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How to enter information for Form 3800 in ProConnect Tax

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Below are solutions to frequently asked questions about entering Form 3800, General Business Credits.

For tax year 2023, Form 3800 is undergoing a major IRS rewrite that expands the form to 8 pages. This form is still in development, pending a future release. Form 1120S and 1065 filers that require Form 3800 may want to consider filing extensions.

New for tax year 2023:

  • Pre-filing registration requirement. If you intend to make an elective payment election and/or a transfer election on Form 3800, you must complete a pre-filing registration before you file your tax return.
  • Elective payment election. Beginning with tax year 2023, certain applicable entities and electing taxpayers can elect to treat certain IRA 2022 business credits as elective payments. Certain eligible taxpayers can elect to treat CHIPS 2022 credits as elective payments. Any overpayments may result in refunds.
  • Transferring credits. Taxpayers may make an election to transfer all or a portion of certain IRA 2022 credits.
  • See IRS instructions for 3800 for more information.

Starting in tax year 2023:

The 3800 form has been restructured to contain 8 pages:

PageContentAdditional details
1Part I: Current Year Credits Not Allowed Against Tentative Minimum Tax
1Part II: Allowable Credit
2Part II: Allowable Credit continued
3Part III: Current Year General Business Credits (GBCs)Current year credits from Forms: 3468 Part II, 7207, 6765, 3468 Part III, 8826, 8835 Part II, 7210, 7720, 8874, 8881 Part 1, 8882, 8864, 8896, 8906. 3468 Part IV, 8908, 8910, 8911, 8830, 7213 Part II, 3468 Part V, 8932, 8933, 8936 Part II, 8936 Part V, 8904, 7213 Part I, 8881 Part II, 8881 Part III, 8864 line 8, other credits.
4Part III: Current Year General Business Credits (GBCs) continuedCurrent year credits from Forms: 8844, 3468 Part VI, 5884, 6478, 8586. 8835 Part II, 8846, 8900, 8941, 6765 ESB credit, 8994, 3468 Part VII, other specified credits.
5Part IV: Carryovers of General Business Credits (GBCs) or Eligible Small Business Credits (ESBCs)Credits carried over to tax year 2023 from: Form 3468 Part II, 7207, 6765, 3468 Part III, 8826, 8835 Part II, 7210, 8820, 8874, 8881 Part I, 8882, 8864, 8896, 8906, 3468 Part IV, 8908, 8910, 8911 Part II, 8830, 7213 Part II, 3468 Part V, 8932, 8933, 8936 Part II, 8936 Part V, 8904, 7213 Part I, 8881 Part II, 8881 Part III, 8864, other.
Credits for which only carryfowards are allowed: Form 5884-A, 8586, 8845, 8907, 8909, 8923, 8834, 8931, 1065-B, 5884, 6478, 8846
6Part IV: Carryovers of General Business Credits (GBCs) or Eligible Small Business Credits (ESBCs) continuedCredits carried over to tax year 2023 from: Form 8900, 5884-A 5884-B, 8847, 8861, 8884, 8942.
Specified credits from: 3468 Part VI, 5884, 6478, 8586, 8835, 8846, 8900, 8941, 6765 ESB, 8994, 3468 Part VII.
7Part V: Breakdown of Aggregate Amounts on Part III for Facility-by-Facility, Multiple Pass-Through Entities, etc.
8Part VI: Breakdown of Aggregate Amounts in Part IV

Where do I enter general business credits for an individual return?

Most general business credits can be entered directly and aggregated from passthrough K-1 inputs. To find input sources for a particular credit:

Browse the input screen:

  1. Go to Input Return Credits General Business and Vehicle Cr.
  2. Scroll through the various tabs on this input screen to find the right inputs for the credit you are looking for, or you can also use the search bar along the left side of the screen to search for the credit name or form that you are looking to generate. 

Use Jump to input:

  1. Go to Check Return.
  2. Select Forms.
  3. Use the table above to determine if the credit is listed on page 3 or 4 of Form 3800.
  4. If the 3800 isn't generating in the return yet, click on All right under Forms.
  1. Open Form 3800 to the correct page.
  2. Locate the line for the credit you need.
  3. Right-click in the amount column of that line.
  4. Select Jump-to-input.
  5. Enter the credit amounts.

Critical Diagnostic ref. 60077:

For the initial Form 3800 release you may receive the following diagnostic:

  • Form 3800: "Development is not yet complete with regards to transfer elections and elective payment elections, one or more of which is present in the General Business & Vehicle Credits input screen. Please do not file the return at this time. This diagnostic will be removed once development has been completed. (ref #60077)"

This is generated when you use the new Credit transferred or Gross elective payment fields for the credits. The calculation for these fields is still in development pending a future release.

To enter business credit carryforwards and carrybacks:

  1. Go to Credits General Business and Vehicle Credits.
  2. Select the Carryovers/Misc Info link.
  3. Scroll down to Business Credit Carryforwards and Carrybacks (3800)
  4. Click into the Credit Type field and from there select the + button that appears next to the field.
  5. Locate the credit form.
  6. Complete the Year and amounts for the carryforward or carryback.

Where do I enter carryovers from other years?

To enter passive activity credit carryovers:

  1. Go to Input Return  Credits  General Business and Vehicle Cr.
  2. Select the General Info & Carryovers tab.
  3. Under the Credits section select the name of the form that the carryover should be applied to in the Form (Click on arrow to select from list) drop down input.
  4. Choose the name of the activity that the carryovers apply to in the Activity drop down input
  5. Scroll down to the Prior Year Unallowed Credits section
  6. If the applicable credit type is listed here, enter the amount in the appropriate field. If not, scroll to the Other Passive Credit Carryovers section and select the Credit type from that drop down input. 
  7. Enter the amount of the credit carryover in the General Business Credit input

To enter business credit carryforwards and carrybacks:

  1. Go to Input Return  Credits  General Business and Vehicle Cr.
  2. Select the Carryovers/Misc Info link in the upper right corner.
  3. Scroll down to the Business Credit Carryforwards and Carrybacks (3800) section
  4. Select the Credit type (Click on button to expand) input
  5. In the Credit type drop down input, choose the credit type
  6. Enter the carryforward or carryback amount in the appropriate column

Where do I enter general business credits for an individual return?

Most of the inputs for general business credits are on the General Business and Vehicle Cr. input screen. The exact area depends on the credit you are wanting to generate in the return. There are two methods to locate the input field:

Browse the input screen:

  1. Go to Input Return Credits General Business and Vehicle Cr.
  2. Scroll through the various tabs on this input screen to find the right inputs for the credit you are looking for, or you can also use the search bar along the left side of the screen to search for the credit name or form that you are looking to generate. 

Use Jump to input:

  1. Go to Check Return
  2. Select Forms
  3. If the 3800 isn't generating in the return yet, click on All right under Forms.
  4. This shows all of the forms that could possibly generate in an individual return. Search for the 3800 using the search bar, and click on it when it shows in the list. Scroll through the form to find the line you are needing information to flow to, and if it has a blue highlight, you can click there and it should take you to the input section you need to get an amount on that line.

You can create a statement outside of the program and save it as a PDF to attach to the e-file return by following this navigation:

  1. Go to Input Return General  Electronic Filing
  2. Select e-file PDF/Miscellaneous
  3. Select the e-file Attachment link in the upper right corner.
  4. Select Attach PDF to browse your computer for the PDF you are wanting to attach. 
  5. Select the bubble for Yes under Send PDF attachment with federal return 

Refer to the Instructions for Form 3800 for more information about attaching statements for credits.

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