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Can't add date in a "fill and sign" W-4 document. How do I do this?

New Here ,
Aug 10, 2015

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I selected "Fill and sign" on a W-4 document. I was able to fill in everything but the date. It isn't allowing me to do this. Any ideas for a solution?

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An interactive or fillable form contains fields that you can select or fill in. For such forms, the Fill & Sign tool displays only the Sign option. For more information on filling an interactive form, see Fill in interactive forms

A flat form does not have interactive fields. It could be a paper form or PDF that hasn’t been optimized for form filling. However, you can use the Fill & Sign tools to add text and other symbols anywhere on the form. You can save frequently used information securely in your personal autofill collection. Next time, just drag and drop information to complete forms faster.

Sign your form by typing or drawing your signature, or using an image. Send your completed forms to others and store the forms securely in Adobe Document Cloud.

For more information: Fill and sign PDF forms using Adobe Acrobat Fill & Sign

-Tariq Dar

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Can't add date in a "fill and sign" W-4 document. How do I do this?

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Aug 10, 2015

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I selected "Fill and sign" on a W-4 document. I was able to fill in everything but the date. It isn't allowing me to do this. Any ideas for a solution?

Hello,

An interactive or fillable form contains fields that you can select or fill in. For such forms, the Fill & Sign tool displays only the Sign option. For more information on filling an interactive form, see Fill in interactive forms

A flat form does not have interactive fields. It could be a paper form or PDF that hasn’t been optimized for form filling. However, you can use the Fill & Sign tools to add text and other symbols anywhere on the form. You can save frequently used information securely in your personal autofill collection. Next time, just drag and drop information to complete forms faster.

Sign your form by typing or drawing your signature, or using an image. Send your completed forms to others and store the forms securely in Adobe Document Cloud.

For more information: Fill and sign PDF forms using Adobe Acrobat Fill & Sign

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Engaged ,
Sep 15, 2015

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Hi,

You have downloaded the W4 form from here.

You are trying to add a Date at the bottom of first page just above the label '10 Employer Identification Number (EIN)'

W4 part.JPG

If you check this 'Employee's Signature & Date' both labels do show a colored box next to them. Which states that these 2 are not form fields.

Even if you would like to Sign and add date here using Acrobat Reader DC.

Then open the file in the Reader DC app. Click on 'Comment' tool from the set on the right.

This will list all the comments tool on the top of the document. From here select 'Text Comment' tool as highlight below.

Comment Tools.JPG

After selecting this tool you can add the date.

Once that is done close the comment tool and click on Fill & Sign.

From here you can sign the document.

Let me know if this works for you.

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New Here ,
Jan 17, 2018

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Unfortunately, when you save the document, the comment is hidden. How do you add text that is readable as a sendable file?

Thank you.

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New Here ,
Mar 07, 2018

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I going on line to sign my w-4 2017 form I can't find it can you help me

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Mar 07, 2018

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I can't sign it on line

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 18, 2018

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Hello,

An interactive or fillable form contains fields that you can select or fill in. For such forms, the Fill & Sign tool displays only the Sign option. For more information on filling an interactive form, see Fill in interactive forms

A flat form does not have interactive fields. It could be a paper form or PDF that hasn’t been optimized for form filling. However, you can use the Fill & Sign tools to add text and other symbols anywhere on the form. You can save frequently used information securely in your personal autofill collection. Next time, just drag and drop information to complete forms faster.

Sign your form by typing or drawing your signature, or using an image. Send your completed forms to others and store the forms securely in Adobe Document Cloud.

For more information: Fill and sign PDF forms using Adobe Acrobat Fill & Sign

-Tariq Dar

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New Here ,
Oct 24, 2018

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The only way that I've found is to type the date as your "initials", it will end up looking funky but at least the date will get there and you'll still be able to use your full signature for the other side of the line.

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Tariq, you identified that the problem is intentional on Adobe's part.

The problem is precisely that when a form is fillable, there is only a "sign form" option.  This is a major tax form in the US (the W-9 has the same problem) that was designed without the date next to the signature as being a fillable option.

So, without the ability to add text to a fillable form, the only way i've found is to use the way above.  If they could bring back the ability to add text to fillable forms, it would be no problem.

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New Here ,
Dec 11, 2018

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Your initials suggestion is a brilliant workaround -- thx so much! Meanwhile, it'd be awesome if Adobe would fix this issue -- in the good ol' days of years ago, we could slap on those godawful "acrobat digital signed" abominations that looked weird, but at least had the date built in... this current setup is less than conducive to getting actual work done.

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New Here ,
Aug 02, 2019

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thank you.

they are trying to force us to create a "dynamic stamp" when all we want to do is add the damn date, so frustrating.

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Aug 03, 2019

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Seems to me the problem is IRS made a fillable form and left out a key field. Has anyone asked them?

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New Here ,
Oct 28, 2019

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I agree that Adobe should fix this.  I previously used Nitro Pro because the price was much less than Adobe which came with many bells and whistles that I didn't use.  I recently had to upgrade and decided to switch to Adobe because price was more comparable.  But I used Nitro for filling out my W9 forms and never had this problem.  The first time I needed something from Adobe, it has failed.  I think I will go back to Nitro next year. 

 

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New Here ,
Oct 28, 2019

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Looks like Adobe is trying to sell us a different product in order to solve this problem.  What a scam!  

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Apr 28, 2020

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Same problem adding the date.  Two solutions worked for me. 

1) Solution: Type the date into the Title or other form field that allows text entry.  Highlight that date and press ctrl-X to cut it.  Click near where date is to go and press ctrl-V to paste.  Date should appear in a red box.  Do not know how to get rid of outline on box or change color of box.  You can drag the text box with date to where you want.  For some reason this seems to get around the block of adding text.

2) Print the document without the date using the Microsoft Print to PDF.  Reopen using Adobe and now you can add date. 

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