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How to resolve ProConnect Tax diagnostic Ref 12191 - Form 990 Schedule N attach certified copies

SOLVEDby IntuitUpdated September 08, 2023

This is a critical informational diagnostic that won't impact the ability to e-file.

This article will help resolve the following diagnostic that generates when Form 990, Part IV, Line 31 is marked yes:

  • Attach certified copies of articles of dissolution or merger, resolutions, or plans of liquidation or merger, as well as any other documentation relevant to Schedule N. (ref. #12191)

This diagnostic is generated as a reminder to include information with the filing of the return, and is based on the these Schedule N instructions (page 4):

  • An organization must support any claim to have liquidated, terminated, dissolved, or merged by attaching a certified copy of its articles of dissolution or merger.  If a certified copy of its articles of dissolution or merger isn't available, the organization may submit resolutions of its governing board approving dissolution or merger, and/or plans of liquidation or merger approved by its governing board. An organization filing Schedule N shouldn't report its liquidation, termination, or dissolution in a letter to IRS Exempt Organizations, Determinations (EO Determinations). EO Determinations no longer issues letters confirming that the organization?s tax-exempt status was terminated upon its liquidation, termination, or dissolution.

Follow these steps to include the e-filed return by attaching a PDF to Form 990:

  1. Go to the Input Return tab.
  2. On the left-side menu, select General, then select Electronic Filing.
  3. Click on the e-file PDF/Miscellaneous screen.
  4. Select the e-file Attachment hyperlink at the top right.
  5. Click on the Attach PDF button.
  6. Locate the PDF on your computer in the window that appears.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Edit the Description of file (if desired).
  9. IIn the Link to form (defaults to main form)  field, select 990/EZ/PF.
  10. Scroll down to the Send PDF attachment with federal return subsection.
  11. Select Yes to send the PDF with the federal return.

Attaching a PDF to the main form won't remove this diagnostic. The diagnostic will remain as long as Form 990, Part IV, Line 31 is marked yes.

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