“Return locked by service bureau” Refusal message when transmitting a tax return

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“Return locked by service bureau” error message when transmitting a tax return


When a subsite of a service bureau tries to transmit a tax return, the following rejection appears:

‘Return locked by service bureau’


This behavior occurs of the ownership of the return is set to service bureau.


Sub-site Steps

To resolve this issue, the sub-site will need to contact the service bureau to have the return unlocked.

Service Bureau Steps

To unlock the return, do the following at the service bureau main site:

  1. On the Utility menu, click Unlock Tax Return.
  2. Type the applicable Social Security number and then click Unlock. Simple Tax 1040 transmits to the central site to unlock a return.
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