How to Fix IRS Tax Return Rejection Code IND-674-01


The code IND-674-01 indicates that the IRS has rejected the tax return as the individual is under the age of 16 or has never filed any tax return previously. When this error is encountered, it means that any person under the age of 16 is not qualified to e-filing of returns. 


And since the IRS is not allowing to do this, they are two options available: 

  • Tax returns can be completed and filed electronically by a professional tax preparer.
  • Taxpayers may also complete the tax return themselves and submit it in paper form.

How can the IND-674-01 reject code be solved on the e-filing portal

As mentioned earlier, IRS Code IND-674-01 means that the IRS can only take applications in paper form for individuals under the age of 16 and who have not filed any returns. In this situation, you can use the e-filing portal to fill in the paperwork required and send it to the IRS authorities to correct. 

  • Sign in to your e-returns portal
  • Click Name and Address 
  • Verify the date of birth 
  • Make corrections if necessary
  • Click file. 

What If the Tax Payer is under 16 but has previously filed returns? 

If the taxpayer is under the age of 16 at the end of the year but has already filed a tax return, the Error or Omission: E-Filing Red Alert can be easily resolved at the electronic filing stages. Check the box if the primary taxpayer is under the age of 16 at the end of the tax year, but has already filed a tax return. 

If IRS has no record of this prior year’s filing, the filing will be rejected with code IND-674-01

Whether or not a previous tax return has been filed, a paid tax preparer may file their tax return electronically using the Practitioner PIN approach:

  1. Check the box if you are on the Alert screen. Check this box if the primary tax preparer is under the age of 16 at the end of the tax year, but has already filed a tax return (in this case, you would check the box regardless of whether or not they filed one)
  1. To file the tax return, proceed to electronic filing through the Practitioner Approach PIN.

Other information to Remember

When encountering IND-674-01 you must keep in the mind the following:

Individuals who have never filed returns or are under the age of 16 cannot use the SSP, the self-select PIN, or the EFP, the electronic filing PIN to file or sign e-returns. 

Such individuals can file their returns if they want to be seeking the help of an authorized tax preparer. These authorized people have Practitioner PINs that can be used to file e-returns and there is no age limit to use them. 


It is important that you understand the various complications that can arise, such as receiving an IRS error letter such as IND -674-01 To avoid this problem, thoroughly familiarize yourself with the laws and procedures for declaring dependents on your tax return and seek help from a tax professional or the IRS if needed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IRS reject code IND -674-01?

IND -674-01 means that you are under the age of 16 and have not filed returns at any time.

Can I file e-returns for under the age of 16 individuals?

No, IRS does not allow you to file e-returns, you need to fill out the required form and submit it to them directly.

What is Practitioner PIN?

The Practitioner PIN approach is basically where you allow your tax advisor to enter or create your PIN to file returns.

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