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State of Iowa electronic reporting of W-2

The State of Iowa has Intuit listed as a payroll software provider that is compatible with submitting electronic W-2 report to them.  I have Desktop Pro 2018 and Enhanced Payroll for Accountants.  I am doing a trial run on submitting the W-2s to the State of Iowa but in the drop down window in the Create State W2 E-file the state of Iowa is not an option.  What am I doing wrong?  Is there an update coming soon that will have Iowa as an option?  Do I have the wrong version of Quickbooks?  Am I supposed go somewhere else within the program to create the report?  PLEASE HELP!!

 

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Re: State of Iowa electronic reporting of W-2

Hello RMC83,

 

In QuickBooks Desktop Payroll, filling of IOWA W-2 form is done manually. You'll need to get the .TXT form and upload it directly to the state website. Year-end forms aren't yet available until January 1st. Please try to pull up the forms on that day. Then, refer to the article for the detailed steps: Iowa State W-2 E-file Help.

 

Please let us know if you have any questions. 

BRC
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Re: State of Iowa electronic reporting of W-2

The OPs question is, "I am doing a trial run on submitting the W-2s to the State of Iowa but in the drop down window in the Create State W2 E-file the state of Iowa is not an option. "

 

Did you answer that question?

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Re: State of Iowa electronic reporting of W-2

Has anyone tried this after January 1st?  I uploaded a file today per the instructions but received error messages

QuickBooks Team

Re: State of Iowa electronic reporting of W-2

Hi there, @laurammenke33.

 

Thank you for joining on this thread. Allow me to help share some information about the error message you received when uploading the file.

 

In QuickBooks, we can only generate a .txt file for state W-2. If it's producing an error when uploading to the agency site, I'd suggest contacting the agency first. It could be that your state website requires a different format, so it'd be best to ask for assistance from them.

 

Let me know how it goes. I'll be on the lookout if you have further questions about your W-2. Have a good one.

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Re: State of Iowa electronic reporting of W-2

Thank you for your response.  Upon further review, there was a bad Iowa Withholding permit number in my QB payroll item.  After correcting that issue I was able to upload without any problems.

 

thanks again!

BRC
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Re: State of Iowa electronic reporting of W-2

RE: In QuickBooks, we can only generate a .txt file for state W-2. If it's producing an error when uploading to the agency site, I'd suggest contacting the agency first. It could be that your state website requires a different format, so it'd be best to ask for assistance from them.

 

Only produce a txt file?  QB produces EFW2 files using the state W-2 feature.  The files are tailored to each state per their requirements.

If the file is wrong, that is either a QB bug or user error.  Calling the state will not help the Intuit payroll customer create a better file for that state. 

QuickBooks Team

Re: State of Iowa electronic reporting of W-2

Hello again, @laurammenke33.

 

Thanks for sharing that here in the Community. It'll also be a helpful reference to others who are having trouble uploading their W-2 to the agency. I'm glad you're able to upload it successfully.

 

Feel free to drop by again in the Community if you have other questions about your payroll forms. I'm always here to help. Smiley Happy