Attachments

  1. What is an Attachment?
  2. Do I need an Attachment?
  3. How do I make a file suitable for attachment?
  4. How do I attach my file once I have it ready?
  5. Is there a size limitation for an attachment?

  1. What is an Attachment?

    Attachments are files that accompany your Wisconsin e-file submission to provide required documents, forms, and additional information that the Department of Revenue needs to process your income tax return.

  2. Do I need an Attachment?

    When you file a Form 1, Form 1NPR or Form 2 the Department of Revenue requires you to attach a complete copy of your federal income tax return. You will receive this message when you attempt to submit a Wisconsin Form 1, Form 1NPR or Form 2 without this attachment:

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  3. How do I make a file suitable for attachment?

    You will need to have an electronic copy of your complete federal income tax return.

    If you used software to file your federal income tax return, you were probably given the option to save it in an electronic format. You will need to have this file saved to a location on your computer or to a removable storage device that is connected to your computer in order to attach it. The following formats are acceptable for attachment in the Wisconsin e-file application: PDF, TIF, JPG, and BMP.

    If you do not have an electronic version of your federal income tax return, you can find fill-in federal forms and schedules at irs.gov. Using these fill-in forms, you can save a complete copy of your federal return as a PDF on your computer or to a removable storage device and use those PDF documents to attach it to your Wisconsin e-file submission.

    If you do not have an electronic version of your federal income tax return, you can create one by scanning your federal return into your computer using a scanner and software of your choice, then saving the return in one of the acceptable formats: PDF, TIF, JPG, or BMP.

  4. How do I attach my file once I have it ready?

    There are several methods of attaching a file to your Wisconsin Form 1, Form 1NPR or Form 2 but the two most common methods are posted below.

    METHOD ONE:

    In Adobe Reader or in your browser:

    • Click the "Paperclip" icon (highlighted below)
    • Click "Add" (highlighted below)

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    After clicking "Add":

    1. Find the copy of your federal return in the Add Files window that appears
    2. Attach the file by:
      1. double clicking on the file itself; or
      2. click the Open button in the lower right (both options are highlighted in red below)

    Note: Your federal return will have the name chosen by you or your software. The actual file name used will not matter.

    This process may be repeated, if your federal return has more than one file.

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    A successfully attached file will appear in the bottom of the PDF window (shown below). You may now submit your return.

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    METHOD TWO:

    In Adobe Reader:

    • Click on "Document" in the Menu bar (highlighted below)
    • Click "Attach a File" (highlighted below)

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    After clicking "Attach a File":

    1. Find the copy of your federal return in the Add Files window that appears
    2. Attach the file by:
      1. double clicking on the file itself; or
      2. click the Open button in the lower right (both options are highlighted in red below)

    Note: Your federal return will have the name chosen by you or your software. The actual file name used will not matter.

    This process may be repeated, if your federal return has more than one file.

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    A successfully attached file will appear in the bottom of the PDF window (shown below). You may now submit your return.

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    If clicking "Add" does not work:

    1. Right-click on your federal return
    2. Click "Save Target As" to save to your desktop or another folder
    3. Re-open your federal return; and
    4. Attach your return by using Method 1 or Method 2
  5. Is there a size limitation for an attachment?

    Yes. Attachments 16MB or larger in size are not supported, including a single attachment sized 16MB or larger. A PDF attachment is preferable since it is smaller in size. If you have an attachment that is larger than 16MB, you will need to do a W-RA Attachments Data File Transmission, in order to attach and electronically submit your required documents.

    Note: A very large attachment (generally 10MB or larger) or multiple large attachments can take a long time to transmit and you run a risk of something happening that disrupts your transmission. If a disruption happens and you do not get your confirmation number, you will need to submit your return again.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Electronic Filing Unit
PO Box 8949
Madison, WI 53708-8949
Income Phone: (608) 264-6886
Sales Phone: (608) 266-2776
Fax: (608) 267-1030
Email additional questions to DORElectronicFiling@revenue.wi.gov

December 10, 2013