This diagnostic may generate when:
e-file: Taxpayer's name is being truncated in the e-file, as a result of truncation, the return will be rejected by the IRS. Shorten the Taxpayer's or spouse's name using the following priority: a. Omit titles such as M. D. or Ph. D. which are not part of the taxpayer's given name. b. Input middle initial instead of keying the entire middle name. c. Omit the spouses middle initial. d. Omit the taxpayers middle initial. e. Substitute initial for spouse's given name. f. Substitute initial for taxpayer's given name. (ref. #5834)
To resolve this diagnostic:
This diagnostic generates when you enter a date of death in Screen 1, Client Information.
This action prompts Lacerte to append "Deceased" after the name of the decedent in the e-file of the return, which often causes the entry to exceed its space in the e-file, resulting in the critical diagnostic above.
Try reducing the names by:
- Omitting titles such as M.D. or Ph.D, which aren't part of the taxpayer's given name
- Limiting the middle name to just the middle initial
- Omitting the middle initial
- Substituting the initial for the spouse's or taxpayer's given name
- Removing the middle initials from the In Care of field
The e-file has a character limitation of 35 characters, 10 of which are used when you indicate the taxpayer or spouse as deceased. If it isn't possible to clear the diagnostic, you must paper-file the return.
If you're receiving a truncation diagnostic for an e-file extension, see E-file Extension Critical Diagnostic Ref. 36127 Taxpayer's Name is Being Truncated in the E-file.