This year’s problem is crazy. Basically line 8a is dead. It doesn’t do the math and it won’t allow you to enter the value manually! I guess they had planned to make the two fields on that line 8a & 8b automatic — i.e., they would do the math. Simple enough.
8a = line 3 * line 7.
Guess they screwed up putting in the code to do that. So, it remains unpopulated.
And herein lies a fundamental problem with FFFF. If there is a way to OVERRIDE their ‘no entry’ block — I don’t know what it is.
They really should provide an OVERRIDE so that you can always modify or populate a field. Without that you are screwed.
So, I was screwed again. Also means I can’t use the FFFF electronic filing because I can’t complete all the Forms.
Luckily all 1040 Forms on IRS.GOV, this year, are fully editable online! Pretty neat. So, basically the same as FFFF.
So, I did Form 8962 and Schedule 2 online.
I, as I did last year, just mailed it in. Hate doing it, but it was the easiest for I.