# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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Hi Can you see any glaring error with the below formula and help me why it wont work? =IF(E8<400,J6,(IF(E8<=1200,J5)),(IF(E8>=1201,J4)))*E8 Thanks Em
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User 02/04/2018 - 12:52
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:52
Hello, good day! Let me check your IF syntax for a while to identify the reason(s) why it wont work
User 02/04/2018 - 12:52
ok thanks
User 02/04/2018 - 12:52
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:53
May i confirm if you could see the preview on edit i'm trying to work out?
User 02/04/2018 - 12:53
yes i can
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:53
Yes, kindly try populating the target cells to see if your intention for the formula is working
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:54
can you please populate cell J4 as well?
User 02/04/2018 - 12:55
just spotted that
User 02/04/2018 - 12:55
it's a tax calc
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:56
okay, got it. I am an accountant too. so where do you intend the IF formula to be placed, by the way?
User 02/04/2018 - 12:56
F8
User 02/04/2018 - 12:56
and thanks that's v cool
User 02/04/2018 - 12:56
i can't see the formulas how did you do that?
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:57
User 02/04/2018 - 12:57
OMG what did I miss?
User 02/04/2018 - 12:57
and thank you
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:57
when you work with multiple conditions for an IF formula
User 02/04/2018 - 12:58
yes
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:58
for example =IF(E8<400 <--- this is your first condition
User 02/04/2018 - 12:58
yes
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:59
then it should be followed by the result if the condition is met
User 02/04/2018 - 12:59
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:59
thus continuing it to =IF(E8<400, J6
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 12:59
the when the condition is not met, you begin again with another set of condition
User 02/04/2018 - 01:00
ok so just the comma is enough
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:00
but where you got it wrong is you begin it with a parenthesis
User 02/04/2018 - 01:00
which is?
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:00
yes, a comma then the next IF statement
User 02/04/2018 - 01:00
it kept saying that error
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:00
for purpose of comparison that is
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:01
=IF(E8<400,J6,(IF(E8
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:01
which will return an error
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:01
vs =IF(E8<400,J6,IF(E8
User 02/04/2018 - 01:01
ok so no bracket?
User 02/04/2018 - 01:01
not ,(IF just ,IF
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:01
yes, correct, no need for a bracket / parenthesis
User 02/04/2018 - 01:01
ok
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:01
yes
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:02
well I hope that solves your problem :)
User 02/04/2018 - 01:02
i think, I did try that earlier, but had too many brackets at the end and then just kept trying and got myself ocnfused
User 02/04/2018 - 01:02
yes indeed!!
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:02
a tip
User 02/04/2018 - 01:02
Thanks - now I can sleep! lol
User 02/04/2018 - 01:02
yes sure
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:03
usually when you type a closing bracket to your IF statements, it will highlight the nearest closest opening bracket
User 02/04/2018 - 01:03
yes and I was looking at them - had four colours on the go
User 02/04/2018 - 01:04
but couldn't see it
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:04
try opening the formula on cell f8
User 02/04/2018 - 01:04
and that's when I started moving brackets and clearly messed it up
User 02/04/2018 - 01:04
makes sense, that ,IF is the FALSE
User 02/04/2018 - 01:04
and continues on
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:05
do you notice than when you highlight the closing bracket next to ...,J4 it shows that the closing bracket corresponds to an opening bracket on your ...IF(E8...etc.
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:05
User 02/04/2018 - 01:06
sorry - closed the browser by accidnet - but i'm back and yes - that makes sense
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:07
so you can see where each of the four closing bracket after ...J4 in your formula pertains to
User 02/04/2018 - 01:07
now i need to make J4, J5 and J6 absolute to copy down and i'mgood
User 02/04/2018 - 01:07
yep
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:07
yup :)
User 02/04/2018 - 01:07
getting there......
User 02/04/2018 - 01:07
then create a macro before I can sleep :(
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:08
Glad to be of help to you. Good luck on your work :)
User 02/04/2018 - 01:08
thanks - I might be back..... but hopefully noy
User 02/04/2018 - 01:08
service is awesome - thanks
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:09
You're welcome. I am now closing this session. Do you have the copy of the corrected formula already?
User 02/04/2018 - 01:09
yes - and updated with absolute and saved!
User 02/04/2018 - 01:09
nks
User 02/04/2018 - 01:09
thanks
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:10
Alright. You're welcome again. Good bye :)
Excelchat Expert 02/04/2018 - 01:21
hi, if you are there another tip to make it easier to review your multiple IF formula... you can press ALT+Enter on your next IF(... such that it will be the same with the one on cell F8

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