IRS error codes are nearly impossible to decipher by number alone. These include problems with improper installation or uninstallation of software, poor network connectivity, and mismatched names, birth dates, and SSNs on Form 1040. To resolve an error, use the steps listed below:
Problems with incorrect installation or uninstallation of software
Error messages indicating that the installation process is not complete include “Please wait until the current program has been completed.” Incomplete installation of an application can also cause conflict messages. When this occurs, the installation process will “hang” until Windows is able to execute it. If this problem persists after the uninstallation process has finished, restarting the computer may fix the problem. If you have problems with the installation process, you can also submit logs or a form describing the error. Remember to include the right e-mail id and phone number when you submit a form. A support team member will contact you shortly.
If the error persists, try signing in to a second user account to install or uninstall the application. If you do not have a secondary user account, you must create a new one. If this does not work, you can export the registry and try again. If you are not comfortable with editing your registry, consider asking an IT expert for help. However, you may need to use a MSI file reading tool.
Poor network connectivity
The IRS has been struggling with the difficulty of implementing modern technology. The current Business Systems Modernization effort began in 1999 and will cost the IRS nearly $1 billion through FY 2002. A new request for $436 million for FY 2003 calls for further funding for this project. But the results of the previous audits suggest that BSM struggles with contracting processes and project teams do not follow key development processes. So what exactly causes error code 2001?
Since the September 11 attacks, the IRS has faced many security challenges and has received numerous reports highlighting the need for better systems. IRS employees are often targets of hackers and disgruntled taxpayers. IRS facilities and information systems are vulnerable to breaches, so it is critical to protect taxpayer data. A recent TIGTA review has noted that some improvements have been made, including the implementation of virus protection measures.
Mismatched names, birth dates, and SSNs on Form 1040
When an employee’s SSN, name, or other information is mismatched on a Form 1040, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may levy a $50 fine. Mismatched SSNs are caused by typographical errors or a change in an employee’s name. An employer may also be investigating an employee’s status, or an immigration issue could arise. In either case, employers should contact the SSA and explain their decision to the employee.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) validates SSNs for employees before they’re released to employers. Sometimes these mismatches arise from typographical errors, marital name changes, or even mismatched names. When mismatched SSNs are discovered, the employer must amend Forms W-3 and W-2 to reflect the new information. The employer may also choose to file a Form W-4 to document the initial solicitation of an employee’s SSN.
Besides the SSN mismatch, the IRS may also reject returns if the names are hyphenated or have more than one SSN. This happens even if the name has been electronically matched before. The first four letters of the third name on the social security card match with the taxpayer’s name on the return, which is why it’s so important to double-check the information before submitting your tax return.
If the name, SSN, or birth date is mismatched on a Form 1040, the taxpayer must correct the data before submitting the return. If this is not possible, the taxpayer may have to contact the Social Security Administration and file the return by mail. The Social Security Administration can provide the necessary assistance. If the SSN is mismatched, a taxpayer may still receive a refund if the return is mailed instead.
The SSA is committed to reducing the size of the suspense file. This file contains too many mismatched SSNs to be processed. The agency has launched numerous activities to credit W-2s to the correct individuals. For the past year, the SSA has notified employers of a significant number of mismatched SSNs. Despite the new process, employers should still be vigilant and report their employees’ wages under the correct SSN.
Rejection of dependents with mismatch
Rejection of dependents with mismatch error codes are caused by an inaccurate date of birth for one of the beneficiaries. The taxpayer must first check the accuracy of the dependent’s SSN and last name. If they are incorrect, they must amend their return on paper. If the taxpayer’s dependent’s SSN is already listed on another return, they must file an amended return. In both cases, the taxpayer must follow the instructions on the amended return.
A taxpayer can also receive a rejection of dependents by mistake. The IRS uses data provided by the SSA to verify the name and SSN of the dependent. This error message will identify which dependent is in question, as it says Additional Information XXX-XX-XX-1234. It is important to ensure that the SSN and last name match, since it can be miskeyed.
Another common error with this error is when the primary SSN or TIN is not the same as the primary SSN. If it does, then double check again. There are often simple fixes for this issue, but if you’re panicking and rushing through the process, you’ll only make further mistakes. A simple fix for a 9001 reject code is to review your primary SSN and TIN.
If you are concerned that the IRS has incorrect data, contact them. They will help you find the proper information to resolve the issue. If you have a family member who has claimed a dependent, check with them first to ensure they are eligible. If they aren’t, paper-file your return and include all relevant documentation that proves the dependency. In the case of a claim rejection, a taxpayer can appeal this issue if the dependent doesn’t meet the criteria.