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Common IRS Federal Tax Return efile Error Reject Codes

If your efiled federal tax return was rejected, be aware that this rejection is the result of the IRS system, NOT efile.com.

Please don't panic over this rejection. It looks worse than it is. Usually, it just requires a simple correction of a birth date, a Social Security Number, or the correction of a PIN or AGI number.

Where Can I Find Tax Return Rejection Error Codes? 

Click any of the links below to find federal and state tax return rejection codes: 

How to correct your tax return.

On this page we list the 9 most commonly reported and easy-to-fix Federal Error IRS Reject Codes for efile.com users:

 Prior-Year Adjusted Gross Income Correction (IND-031-03)

Date of Birth Correction (F1040EZ-524-01, F1040A-524-01, F1040-524-01)

Same or Duplicate Social Security Number (R0000-902-01)

IP PIN Correction (IND-181-01)

Same or Duplicate Social Security Number (R0000-500-01)

Social Security Number Entered on Accepted Joint Return as Spouse (IND-508)

Employer Identification Number Correction (FW2-502)

Spouse IP PIN Correction (IND-183-01)

 Same or Duplicate Dependent Social Security Number (R0000-507-01)

What If I Cannot efile My Tax Return? 

There are cases that will require you to PRINT and MAIL your tax return, and we explain them in the "What You Need to Do" column. Please don't think that if you prepared and efiled your tax return at a different site you would not get a rejection. In most cases, that will not be so.

As always, our efile.com Taxperts are here to guide you through correcting and re-filing your return at no extra charge.

Federal Income Tax efile Error Reject Codes Information & Instructions

Error Code
Explanation on What Went Wrong
What You Need to Do

IND-031-03

When you filed your return you answered that you did not file a return with the IRS last year. But IRS records show that you filed. You'll need your adjusted gross income (AGI) from last year's return to continue. As you re-file your return please answer Yes when asked if you filed a return with the IRS last year. Then we'll ask you for your AGI. Click here to re-file your return. How do I find my AGI? For your 2015 AGI, use the amount from: • Form 1040EZ, line 4 • Form 1040, line 37 • Form 1040A, line 21 What if I don't have my 2015 return? If you don't have access to your prior year return, you can get a transcript with your AGI directly from the IRS. It's free and you can quickly get your transcript online by visiting the IRS transcript website.

1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account.

2. Click "File" on the left side of your account screen and follow the on-screen prompts until you reach the screen that asks you "Did you file a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last year?" Simply answer "Yes" and click "Continue."

3. Follow these instructions on how to locate and enter your prior-year AGI: https://www.efile.com/tax-help/adjusted-gross-income/#instructions. Once you enter your prior-year AGI, click "Continue." If you do not know your AGI from last year and you do not have a copy of your last years return, you can use the IRS Get Transcript Online to immediately view your AGI from your prior year return. You can find information on how to do this here: https://www.efile.com/tax-return/tax-return-copy/

4. You will go to a screen asking if the IRS provided you with an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN). Only answer "Yes" if you received one. Otherwise, answer "No" and you will not be asked to enter a 6-digit IP PIN.

5. You will be asked for an electronic signature PIN on the "Finish Signing Your Return" page, but this is a number you can make up on the spot and is not the same as the prior-year AGI you entered to identify yourself. This last PIN can be any five digits except "00000" or "12345" or all the same digits like "55555".

6. If you entered your AGI correctly, there may be an error in IRS records. Please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before the tax return deadline. Click "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

7. After you have MAILED your tax return to the IRS please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to inform of the issue. 8. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

F1040EZ-524-01

F1040A-524-01

F1040-524-01

The primary date of birth does not match with the IRS records. The IRS receives this information from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Please sign into your efile.com account and verify all the birth dates (e.g. spouse, dependents etc).

1. Don't worry or panic - just sign in to your efile.com account.

2. Click on the link "Name and Address" on the left side of the page.

3. Check all birth date entries and verify accuracy. If you detect an error, correct it and efile your tax return again, no extra charges.

4. If you verified that the information you entered into efile.com exactly matches the Social Security card, and that the birth date is correct and has been entered in MM/DD/YYYY format, please call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213 to verify your data with the SSA's records. If your birth date does not match, your return will continued to be rejected. It will take the SSA between 4-6 weeks to correct this.

5. IF SSA/IRS records do not match your birth date at this time, please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. Make sure you get your birth date corrected with the SSA so you don’t have this problem again next year.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

R0000-902-01

The IRS efile system detected another or duplicate accepted tax return with the same TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) or with the primary taxpayer’s Social Security Number (SSN). The IRS efile system can only accept one tax return with the same SSN per tax year.

When this error R0000-902-01 is detected, the tax return cannot be efiled.

1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account and take the following steps.

2. Click on the link "Name and Address" on the left side of the page.

3. Check all Social Security Numbers on this page including spouse dependent SSNs.

4. If all SSNs are correct on your efile.com tax return, no need to efile again, since the IRS has an accepted tax return with the SSN on record.

5. Please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. After you have MAILED your tax return to the IRS please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to find out who filed a tax return with your SSN for the current tax year. You might be a victim of Identify Theft - please learn more about Identity Theft here.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

 

 

IND-181-01

The IRS efile system detected that you did not enter a valid Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) that matches what is in the IRS e-file database.

1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account and take the following steps.

2. Enter your IP PIN (the 6-digit PIN listed in the letter the IRS sent to you) on the "Identity Protection PIN & Active Military Duty" screen.

Tip: To add the screen, click Review on the left, then search for "IP PIN" in the search box at the bottom of the screen. Click the light blue link next to the form name to add the screen.

3. Enter your IP PIN and click the green "Save" button. Don't worry about the top section.

4. Click "File" on the left menu and follow the on-screen prompts to re-file your return.

(Exception: If you do not have the IP PIN, please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

5. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

R0000-500-01

The taxpayer Social Security Number (SSN) entered does not match the IRS efile system. The IRS receives this information from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Please sign into your efile.com account and verify that the SSN was entered correctly.

1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account and take the following steps.

2. Click on the link "Name and Address" on the left side of the page.

3. Check all Social Security Numbers on this page including spouse and dependent SSNs.

4. If all SSNs are correct on your efile.com tax return, no need to efile again, there may be an error in the IRS records. Don't worry, it happens a lot more than you might think. Since it generally takes 15 days for the IRS to update their records, you will need to print and mail your return.

5. Please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. After you have MAILED your tax return to the IRS please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to inform them about the issue.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

IND-508

The IRS efile system detected that someone has filed a joint tax return and entered your Social Security Number (SSN) as the spouse on that return. The IRS efile system can only accept one tax return with the same SSN per tax year.

1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account and take the following steps.

2. Click on the link "Name and Address" on the left side of the page.

3. Check all Social Security Numbers on this page including spouse and dependent SSNs.

4. If all SSNs are correct on your efile.com tax return, ask your spouse if he or she already filed a joint return. If the answer is yes, no need to efile again.

5. Please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. After you have MAILED your tax return to the IRS please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to inform them about the issue and ask them how to proceed.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

FW2-502

The the Employer Identification Number (EIN) you entered from your W-2 does not match the IRS electronic records. Please check to make sure you entered it correctly.

1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account and take the following steps.

2. Click the "Review" link on the left and scroll down to the "Show all forms I've completed" link. Click that link, then click the W-2 form link.

3. Check the EIN field to see if you entered it exactly as it appears on the W-2 you received from your employer. If it is, you should contact the employer and ask if they gave you an incorrect EIN.

4. If the EIN is correct, it must be an error in IRS records and you don't need to re-efile your return. Since it generally takes 15 days for the IRS to update their records, you will need to print and mail your return.

5. Please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. After you have MAILED your tax return to the IRS please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to inform them about the issue and ask them how to proceed.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

IND-183-01 The IRS efile system detected that your spouse did not enter a valid Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) that matches what is in the IRS e-file database.

1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account and take the following steps.

2. Enter your spouse's IP PIN (the 6-digit PIN listed in the letter the IRS sent to your spouse) on the "Identity Protection PIN & Active Military Duty" screen.

Tip: To add the screen, click Review on the left, then search for "IP PIN" in the search box at the bottom of the screen. Click the light blue link next to the form name to add the screen.

3. Enter your spouse's IP PIN and click the green "Save" button. Don't worry about the top section.

4. Click "File" on the left menu and follow the on-screen prompts to re-file your return.

(Exception: If your spouse does not have the IP PIN, please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

5. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

IND-901 The IRS efile system detected that the taxpayer Social Security Number (SSN) entered belongs to a deceased individual. The IRS receives this information from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Please sign into your efile.com account and verify that the SSN was entered correctly. 1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account and take the following steps.

2. Click on the link "Name and Address" on the left side of the page.

3. Check all Social Security Numbers on this page including spouse and dependent SSNs.

4. If all SSNs are correct on your efile.com tax return and the taxpayer is deceased, make sure that you indicated on the "Name and Address" screen that you're filing the return on the taxpayer's behalf. If you are the taxpayer and you are not deceased, no need to efile again, there may be an error in the IRS records. Don't worry, it happens a lot more than you might think. Since it generally takes 15 days for the IRS to update their records, you will need to print and mail your return.

5. Please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. After you have MAILED your tax return to the IRS please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to inform them about the issue.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

F1040EZ-526-02 The spouse's date of birth does not match with the IRS records. The IRS receives this information from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Please sign into your efile.com account and verify all the birth dates (e.g. spouse, dependents etc). 1. Don't worry or panic - just sign in to your efile.com account.

2. Click on the link "Name and Address" on the left side of the page.

3. Check all birth date entries and verify accuracy. If you detect an error, correct it and efile your tax return again, no extra charges.

4. If you verified that the information you entered into efile.com exactly matches the Social Security card, and that the birth date is correct and has been entered in MM/DD/YYYY format, please call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213 to verify your data with the SSA's records. If your birth date does not match, your return will continued to be rejected. It will take the SSA between 4-6 weeks to correct this.

5. IF SSA/IRS records do not match your spouse's birth date at this time, please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. Make sure you get your spouse's birth date corrected with the SSA so you don’t have this problem again next year.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

R0000-507-01 The IRS efile system detected that someone has filed a tax return claiming your dependent using the dependent's Social Security Number (SSN) on that return. The IRS efile system can only accept one tax return with the same SSN per tax year. 1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account and take the following steps.

2. Click "Review" on the left menu, scroll down to the "Show all forms I've completed" link, and click the Dependent link to review your Dependent form screen.

3. Check your dependent's Social Security Number on this page to make sure you entered it correctly. If necessary, check your other Dependent screens in the same way.

4. If all SSNs are correct on your efile.com tax return, this does not necessarily mean the person had the right to claim your dependent(s). However, you will not be able to efile the return because the IRS efile system will reject your return as it is now until the other return is amended.

5. Please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. After you have MAILED your tax return to the IRS please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to inform them about the issue and ask them how to proceed.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

IND-510 The IRS efile system detected that someone has filed a joint tax return and entered your spouse's Social Security Number (SSN) on that return. The IRS efile system can only accept one tax return with the same SSN per tax year. 1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account and take the following steps.

2. Click on the link "Name and Address" on the left side of the page.

3. Check all Social Security Numbers on this page including spouse and dependent SSNs.

4. If all SSNs are correct on your efile.com tax return, ask your spouse if he or she already filed a joint return. If the answer is yes, no need to efile again.

5. Please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. After you have MAILED your tax return to the IRS please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to inform them about the issue and ask them how to proceed.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

F1040EZ-510 The IRS efile system detected that someone has filed a tax return claiming you as a dependent using your Social Security Number (SSN). The IRS efile system can only accept one tax return with the same SSN per tax year.

1. Don't worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account and take the following steps.

2. Click on the link "Name and Address" on the left side of the page.

3. Check all Social Security Numbers on this page including spouse and dependent SSNs.

4. If all SSNs are correct on your efile.com tax return and you are a dependent, make sure that select the option that you can be claimed as a dependent on another tax return. If you are not a dependent, you will not be able to efile the return because the IRS efile system will reject your return as it is now until the other return is amended.

5. Please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. After you have MAILED your tax return to the IRS please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to inform them about the issue and ask them how to proceed.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

F1040-526-02 Your spouse's date of birth does not match with the IRS records. The IRS receives this information from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Please sign into your efile.com account and verify all the birth dates (e.g. spouse, dependents etc).

1. Don't worry or panic - just sign in to your efile.com account.

2. Click on the link "Name and Address" on the left side of the page.

3. Check all birth date entries and verify accuracy. If you detect an error, correct it and efile your tax return again, no extra charges.

4. If you verified that the information you entered into efile.com exactly matches your spouse's Social Security card, and that the birth date is correct and has been entered in MM/DD/YYYY format, please call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213 to verify your spouse's data with the SSA's records. If your spouse's birth date does not match, your return will continued to be rejected. It will take the SSA between 4-6 weeks to correct this.

5. IF SSA/IRS records do not match your birth date at this time, please PRINT and MAIL your tax return before April 15th. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. Make sure you get your spouse's birth date corrected with the SSA so you don’t have this problem again next year.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

R000-507-01 Your return was been rejected because a return was previously filed using a dependent's SSN for the same purpose. To correct: Open each dependent screen below and verify you have entered the SSN and name as shown on the dependent’s Social Security card. If the dependent’s information does not match these documents, correct the information you have entered and click Save at the bottom of the screen. If the information does match, then you must either remove the dependent or select ""Not a dependent"" in the ""Advanced Options"" section. If you believe the dependent is not eligible to be claimed by someone else, you will need to call the IRS taxpayer hotline at 800.829.1040.

1. Do not worry or panic- Sign in to your efile.com account.

2. Click the "Review" link on the left and scroll down to the "Show all forms I've completed" link. Click that link, then click the Dependent screen link. 

3. Check the Social Security number (SSN) field to see if you entered it correctly as shown on the dependent's SSN card.

4. If the SSN is correct, you do not need to re-efile your return. Since another taxpayer claimed your dependent, you will need to print and mail your return by the tax return deadline. Under "My Account" you will find a PDF copy of your tax return; here are the IRS mailing addresses. If your state tax return got rejected, please PRINT and MAIL it as well. Here are the mailing addresses by state (see under "Where to Track Your State Tax Refund" - the state agency link is in the pop up).

6. After you have MAILED your tax return to the IRS, please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to inform them about the issue and ask them how to proceed.

7. Contact an efile.com Taxpert to assist you with any questions your might have.

Federal Income Tax efile Error Reject Codes (ERCs)

Cannot find your federal rejection error code on this page? See all IRS efile tax return error codes and descriptions for complete instructions on how to correct your Federal Income Tax Return.

State Income Tax efile Error Reject Codes (ERCs)

Need to correct a rejected efiled state tax return? Review all state efile tax return error codes and descriptions for detailed solutions for correcting a rejected State Income Tax Return that was filed online.

Where Can I Find More Tax Return efile Rejection Error Code Help? 

Please be aware that any efile rejection error is from the IRS, NOT efile.com. Visit these pages for more information on how to correct and re-file your return without paying any additional fees: 

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