Minnesota has technical issues with TurboTax filings

It’s that time of the year again in the United States. No, not daylight savings time (which is also true), but rather it’s time to pay the taxman. Unfortunately, the tax code is so complex that many people turn to software to help them fill out the proper forms, and Intuit’s TurboTax is one of the most popular offerings. But what happens when the software doesn’t send the proper data?

That’s the issue in Minnesota. According to the Star Tribune, most of Intuit’s tax filing software, including TurboTax, are not correctly submitting the forms to the state. This is forcing Minnesota to delay processing over 11,000 tax returns, and if Intuit doesn’t fix the issue, the state will stop accepting any submissions from Intuit. While specific details of the issue are vague, reports are that the filings do not include whether people want to contribute money to the state’s political fund, nor is it properly recording deductions for some people.

It’s unclear whether the issue is with Intuit or the state of Minnesota, since filings in all 49 other states appear to be fine, as does filing at the federal level. What it clear, however, is the fact that the tax code of the United States is far too complex when software is all but required for a vast number of tax payers.

 Source: Star Tribune | Image via Associated Press

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"It's unclear whether the issue is with Intuit or the state of Minnesota, since filings in all 42 other states appear to be fine, as does filing at the federal level."

There are 7 states with no income tax. Including the state where I live.

I live in MN and I filed Jan 30 and was told it would be 72 hours before it was accepted. Well, it took a week and a half before it was. I emailed the State Dept of Revenue and they told me it was an issue on their end. So which is it, MN?

Not to worry. One day soon, you'll be required to send 100% of your income to DC, and THEY will send you a monthly allotment, just like in many other socialist countries.

I've done my taxes (state and federal) though turbotax for the past 12 years and never once had an issue and always matched what doing them by hand gave me...

until this year... this is probably unrelated... but this year was the first time I ever had the state of pennsylvania reject my tax return, federal was accepted perfectly, but PA sent a rejection notice for the eFile with noreal reason, only "review your tax forms".... so I did, everything was correct... not sure what turbotax sent them that was wrong... didn't change a single field or number resubmitted it and they accepted it the 2nd time a week later....

no idea what happened, but that was the first problem in 12 years I've had with them

This was an issue where the state changed their tax laws up until the last possible moment, and Intuit had allowed people to start their taxes earlier as the state said they were done... there was even a note on the intuit site while doing the state taxes.

State rejected, people had to refile for free, and it was accepted. Blame the state.

Skin said,
This was an issue where the state changed their tax laws up until the last possible moment, and Intuit had allowed people to start their taxes earlier as the state said they were done... there was even a note on the intuit site while doing the state taxes.

State rejected, people had to refile for free, and it was accepted. Blame the state.

I seriously doubt that was the issue, this was just two weeks ago, PA's tax code was finalized many weeks before that. and I never had a notice that my state's tax code wasn't complete yet, I always saw the notices saying this form isn't ready until XX date, nothing this time.

They always give you a reason why it was rejected. So, even though I think that the above would be the cause, what did the rejection e-mail and status say?

I used H&R Block online this year because of Intuit/Turbotax's refusal to support Windows Phone with a Mint app.

Enron said,
I used H&R Block online this year because of Intuit/Turbotax's refusal to support Windows Phone with a Mint app.

I use H&R personally, and I also use MInt (not togther), but not sure how you can fault Intuit for not supporting other 3rd party software and operating systems not used by the majority of people out there who just need to punch in numbers and get it done. The tax code is complicated enough as it is - not need to fault any tax company for not supporting anything not required to actually do your taxes.

Tarrant64 said,

I use H&R personally, and I also use MInt (not togther), but not sure how you can fault Intuit for not supporting other 3rd party software and operating systems not used by the majority of people out there who just need to punch in numbers and get it done. The tax code is complicated enough as it is - not need to fault any tax company for not supporting anything not required to actually do your taxes.

He's talking about the Mint app, not turbotax. Intuit is refusing to make the Mint app due to some squabble with MS. So he's refusing to use their software. Makes sense to me