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

New Here ,
Aug 10, 2015 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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Adobe Employee , Apr 18, 2018 Apr 18, 2018
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 formsA 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 secur...

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Engaged ,
Sep 15, 2015 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 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 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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New Here ,
Mar 07, 2018 Mar 07, 2018

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I can't sign it on line

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 18, 2018 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 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 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 ,
Oct 28, 2019 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 ,
Aug 02, 2019 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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Most Valuable Participant ,
Aug 03, 2019 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 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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New Here ,
Apr 28, 2020 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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Community Beginner ,
Jul 23, 2020 Jul 23, 2020

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I had the same problem trying to sign a W-9. The solution I used was to use the CERTIFICATE tool. That allows you to insert your digital signature, which can include a date (if you've set that up as a requirement in Preferences).

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New Here ,
Nov 19, 2020 Nov 19, 2020

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Hi, 

If you log into your Adobe Document Cloud, you can open the document there and do pretty much anything you need, and then download a copy. I was able to fill out, sign and date without having to hack anything. The IRS clearly set the W-4 form up incorrectly; mine was showing vertical text where the signature is, for crying out loud. I hope this helps any other frustrated souls!!! 

Ashley

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2020 Nov 25, 2020

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Hello, 
I also spent a lot of time on this. The ideas above did not work for me (the certification used to, but now I'm not sure how to add a timestamp server). Sharing my workaround for others: I created a time stamp via More Tools > Stamp > Dynamic > Reviewed (with my name and time stamp). It's a bit odd for a W-9, but hey it works. 

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New Here ,
Jan 16, 2021 Jan 16, 2021

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Many of these forms are produced with a program other than the Acrobat that does not allow for this and apparently on the date box they do not put in codes for this to be done.   Apparently, a glitch came when the slot for creating the date next to your final solution.,  The simple solution if you have the Acrobat is to print the document to Acrobat which produces the same document in a PDF with Acrobat Codes.  You can then just use normal text editing tool of the Acrobat to type in the date where it is required.  You do not need fill and sign there.

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New Here ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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I have an idea for you that worked for me. Add the signature, lots of spaces, then the date. Hover it over the spaces so that the signature is in the signature field and the date is in the date field! 

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New Here ,
Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

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A lot of those things were a headache and a half. 
I found out a simple way: 
1. Have your signature
2. Input the date in the initial area

Problem solved (at least for me). Hopefully this helps someone else

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New Here ,
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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Hi. 

I had trouble doing this too. I found a workaround that did the trick, but it is fiddly.

First, click on a clear area of the form and the text box will appear along with a box to select font size etc.

Click on the text box and hold, a magnified text box will appear. Click on it and hold and move it within the magnified image to the locatio you wish to fill with the date and release.

You will now see an empty text box on the document in the place you want to fill. 

Adjust the font size by repeated clicking on the large or small "A" until it fits the space to be filled.

Click on the text fill box and this will bring up your keyboard.

Type in a single character. If it is not quite in the right place click and hold on the character. A magnified image will appear which you can move into a better position. Release and click on a clear part of the document.

You are ready to fill the next character.

It's a bit of a faff, and I'm sure there's a better way. When I find out I'll come back.

Hope it helps without driving you crazy!😀

 

 

 

 

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