Navigating the TQ - settings & 101
Completing the TQ is as simple as that. You may use the settings listed below to make the TQ navigation even easier.
- Selecting the Right TQ Sections
- Showing Additional Questions
- Identifying Mandatory Questions
- Created FBAR Only TQ, Need Regular (or Vice-Versa)
- Getting Question Help
- Previewing All Answers on One Page
- Highlighting Unanswered Questions
- Showing Question Numbers
- Searching the TQ
- Adding Comments
- Marking Questions as a Draft
Selecting the Right TQ Sections
Our TQ is done in a way that shows only the questions pertaining to your situation. You are asked to answer Yes to the questions that apply to you while creating the TQ. Depending on your answers, we will show/hide certain sections of the TQ. Selecting certain icons may prompt additional icons. For example, I earn a salary will show two more on the next page: I have income from the U.S. and I have income from outside the U.S. Please answer Yes to all questions that apply to your situation.
Showing Additional Questions
If you can't find a specific question/section of the TQ, you just need to refine your selection of the sections. Simply click Change My Income Types button at the left, then answer Yes to all questions that apply to your situation. For example, to display Self-Employment section, select Self-employed or independent contractor. Please refer to the table below to find out which questions should be answered Yes to display certain sections.
Note that once you deselect the icons, the related sections are no longer displayed.
|Section to display||Icons to choose|
|Personal Details > The Basics > Family||I am married|
|Spouse Income||I am married|
|Non-US Financial Accounts||I have financial accounts outside the US|
|Personal Details > The Basics > Dependents||I have children or dependents|
|Income > Wages||I earn a salary|
|Income > Self-Employment||Self-employed or independent contractor|
|Income > Corporation & Trust||I have ownership in a corporation or trust|
|Income > Passive Income > Dividends||I receive dividends|
|Income > Passive Income > Interest||I earn interest|
|Income > Passive Income > Rental Income||I rent out property|
|Income > Investments||I have investments|
|Taxes & Deductions > Deductions||I want to maximize deductions|
|Taxes & Deductions > Retirement & Social Security||I have a pension|
|Income > Passive Income > Pension||I have a pension|
|Income > Home Sale||I sold property|
Created FBAR Only TQ, Need Regular (or Vice-Versa)
If you've created a FBAR only TQ (for citizens/GC holders, who are participating in the streamlined procedure program) - but choose this erroneously and need to complete a regular tax questionnaire, you can toggle it off at any time. Click Settings icon at the top right, then switch off Is Fbar Only toggle.
Identifying Mandatory Questions
You don't need to answer every question in TQ but some of them are mandatory. We require these to start work on your return. You cannot submit the TQ without them. You may easily identify the mandatory questions by the orange star icon. Once the question is answered, the icon disappears.
Getting Question Help
If you are not sure how the question should be answered please use question help prior to contacting your tax preparer. Each question has the green icon next to it. Hover the mouse cursor over the icons next to the question to see quick help information.
To get more detailed help on the question, click the green icon. Question help window pop-ups. Read the information carefully and then click Got It to return to TQ.
Click Something is still unclear if you need assistance with the question, then select the appropriate option. Describe your issue, then click Send to notify your tax preparer.
Previewing All Answers on One Page
To see all your answers on one page, turn on Preview on one page option at the right, then make sure the Answered questions only check box is selected. The system will show all of your answers on one page. This way you can check the information you provided before submitting the TQ.
Once the answers are shown on one page you may easily print your answers by using the Print option in your browser.
Highlighting Unanswered Questions
To identify unanswered questions, turn on Highlight unanswered option on the left. The empty questions will be highlighted in blue. You will also see exclamation point icons next to such questions.
Showing Question Numbers
If there are some questions you would like to discuss with your tax preparer it's a good idea to refer to the question numbers. Turn on Show question numbers option to see the numbers next to each question.
Searching the TQ
You may use the Search tool to quickly jump to any question, answer or question help. Just type any word from the question title in the Search field, press the Enter key, then click the question title to jump to it.
You can provide additional information/comments regarding each question. Every question or file upload dialogue has a pencil icon on the right. If you click it, a pop-up will come up allowing you to provide additional comments for this particular entry. After that, you will see your comment below the question.
Also, there is a Notes section where you can review your question comments as well as provide additional information that's not related to any particular question.
Marking Questions as a Draft
You can mark a question as "draft" so that you know you still have to come back and finalize its value later. When you click on the pencil icon next to the question, a pop-up will come up which allows you to provide additional comments. On the bottom, there is I still have to finalize this question check box.
If you select it, the system will mark this question as Draft and also add the orange icon next to it.
To see all your answers marked draft, turn on Show marked draft option at the right.