E-file rejection errors 0501 or SEIC-F1040-501-01
Your e-filed return is rejected with error codes 0501 or SEIC-F1040-501-01, along with this explanation:
[Child Name]'s Social Security number for the earned income credit (Schedule EIC, line 2) and the last name on line 1 associated with this number does not match what the IRS has in its records. The information entered on the return must be exactly how it appears on the qualifying child's Social Security card, including middle initials and suffix (if applicable).
- The child's Social Security number or last name was mistyped in TurboTax
- The information on file at the IRS is incorrect (this is uncommon).
Do This First
Get your children's Social Security cards and then follow these steps to make sure their information was entered correctly:
- Open your return in TurboTax, and then click the Personal Info tab.
- Continue until you reach the Your Personal Info Summary screen.
- Next to the dependents section (you may need to scroll down), click Edit.
- Click Edit next to the first child listed on the Your Children and Others You Support screen.
- Proceed through the interview, making sure that the child's Name and Social Security number exactly matches the information on their Social Security card.
- If the information is wrong, correct it.
- Continue until you're back at the Your Children and Others You Support screen. Repeat Steps 4-6 for any additional children.
If you made any corrections, click Done and then e-file your return again.
Otherwise, if you verified that the info you entered is correct, proceed to Next Steps, below.
If you verified that the information you entered into TurboTax exactly matches your children's Social Security cards, you will need to file a paper return. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist you further with this rejection error, as the problem lies with government agencies' data that we have no control over.
After mailing your return, we suggest you call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213 to verify that the SSA's records are correct. (The IRS gets their information from the SSA.) Correct SSA records will prevent the same rejection next year.