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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)'
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.
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.
Unfortunately, when you save the document, the comment is hidden. How do you add text that is readable as a sendable file?
I going on line to sign my w-4 2017 form I can't find it can you help me
I can't sign it on line
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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
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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.
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.
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.