2011
Tax Software
Reference Manual
Tax Prep Software
Reference Manual
for
Tax Year 2011
License Agreement
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - READ CAREFULLY BEFORE
INSTALLING SOFTWARE
This End-User License Agreement (the “Agreement”) is a legally binding contract
between RedGear Technologies, Inc. (“Licensor”) and you. This Agreement governs
your use of the software and accompanying documentation (the “Software”). Be sure
that you carefully read and fully understand this Agreement.
YOU AGREE THAT THIS AGREEMENT IS ENFORCEABLE LIKE ANY WRITTEN
NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT SIGNED BY YOU. LICENSOR IS WILLING TO LICENSE
THE SOFTWARE TO YOU ONLY ON THE CONDITION THAT YOU ACCEPT ALL
OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. YOU PROVIDE YOUR CONSENT TO THE
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT BY INSTALLING, LOADING OR
OTHERWISE USING THE SOFTWARE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, DO NOT USE THE SOFTWARE.
1. License and Permitted Use. The Software is licensed, not sold. Subject
to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Licensor grants to you a limited,
non-exclusive, non-transferable right to install, use and display the Software on
multiple computers within a single office. You may copy the Software for backup,
archival and transfer purposes only, provided that the original and each copy
is kept in your possession or control, and that your installation and use of the
Software does not exceed that which is allowed in this Section 1.
2. License Restrictions. You may not directly or indirectly: (1) re-distribute, sell,
rent, loan, resell or otherwise transfer the Software or any rights in or to the
Software to any other person or entity; (2) use the Software in any manner other
than its intended manner, including making the Software available on an application service provider; (3) duplicate the Software by any means, including electronically, except for a backup copy described in Section 1 above; (4) remove
any proprietary notice, labels or marks on or in Software; (5) derive or attempt to
derive the source code for the Software; or (6) disable or circumvent any access
control or related device, process or procedure established with respect to the
Software.
3. Intellectual Property Rights. The Software is protected by United States
copyright law and international treaty provisions. Through your use of the
Software, you acquire no ownership interest in the Software or any derivative
work or component of the Software. Unless and to the extent that applicable
laws may require otherwise, you may not decompile, disassemble, modify or
reverse engineer the Software, or seek to derive the source code from any executable object code provided to you, or modify, translate, or otherwise create derivative works based on the Software or any part thereof.
4.Term. The Agreement is effective until terminated by Licensor. This Agreement
will terminate if you fail to comply with its terms and conditions. If this
Agreement is terminated, you shall immediately discontinue all use of the
Software, delete all copies of the Software and return the Software to Licensor.
All provisions of this Agreement which must survive in order to give effect to its
meaning will survive termination or expiration of this Agreement.
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5. Disclaimer of Warranties. The Software is provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind. While Licensor is providing the Software as a general tool to
assist you in preparing and/or filing tax returns, the entire risk as to the results
and performance of the Software is assumed by you. Licensor does not warrant,
guarantee, or make any representations regarding the use of, or the results of
the use of, the Software in terms of correctness, accuracy, reliability, or currentness. THE SOFTWARE DOES NOT REPLACE YOUR OBLIGATION TO EXERCISE
YOUR INDEPENDENT KNOWLEDGE OF TAX RETURN PREPARATION AND
JUDGMENT IN USING THE SOFTWARE.
THERE ARE NO EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF
ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE SOFTWARE OR THIS
AGREEMENT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR OTHER
WARRANTIES OR (i) OF MERCHANTABILITY, OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, WORKMANLIKE EFFORT, QUALITY,
ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, COMPLETENESS, TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, NO
ENCUMBRANCES, NO LIENS OR SYSTEM INTEGRATION, (ii) THAT THE
SOFTWARE OR ANY PART THEREOF CONFORMS TO ANY DEMONSTRATION
OR PROMISE, (iii) ARISING THROUGH COURSE OF DEALING, COURSE
OF PERFORMANCE OR USAGE OF TRADE, OR (iv) THAT ACCESS TO OR
USE OF THE SOFTWARE OR ANY PART THEREOF WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED,
ERROR OR DEFECT FREE OR COMPLETELY SECURE OR THAT PROBLEMS
WILL BE CORRECTED. LICENSOR AND ITS AFFILATES’ AGGREGATE LIABILITY
ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE SOFTWARE
(REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION OR CLAIM AND WHETHER BASED
ON WARRANTY, TORT, MALPRACTICE, AND/OR OTHERWISE) SHALL NOT
EXCEED AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE TOTAL OF ALL LICENSE FEES RECEIVED
BY LICENSOR FROM YOU UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. LICENSOR SHALL NOT
IN ANY CASE BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL,
INDIRECT, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, NOR FOR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR
REVENUE, EVEN IF LICENSOR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY
THEREOF. LICENSOR SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS OF USE OF
SOFTWARE OR OTHER PROGRAMS, LOSS OF DATA, COSTS OF RE-CREATING
LOST DATA, OR THE COST OF ANY SUBSTITUTE EQUIPMENT OR PROGRAMS.
Without limitation of any of the foregoing, you agree that Licensor and none of
Licensor’s licensors, suppliers, affiliates or subsidiaries will have any additional
liability or obligation for any claim, cause of action or injury that you or any
other person may have as a result of: (1) your use or inability to use or access
the Software; (2) your inability to file any tax return by the filing deadline; (3)
any access to, or use of your user information or tax information by an unauthorized person or by unauthorized persons; (4) your disclosure of your password
to, or the use of your password by, any third party; (5) connection to toll charges
for using the software, obtaining updates for the Software or electronically filing
returns; or (6) any fees, costs or expenses arising out of or relating to troubleshooting or technical support for the Software. You agree that the essential purposes of this agreement can be fulfilled even excluding such damages.
6.Indemnification. You agree to hold Licensor and its licensors, parents,
affiliates, successors, assigns, officers, directors, representatives, employees and
agents, and the franchisees of any of them, from and against any claim, suit,
loss, liability, penalty or damages (including incidental and consequential
damages), costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and
expenses), arising out of your breach of this Agreement.
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7. Export Restrictions. The Software is provided solely for lawful purposes and
use. You shall be solely responsible for, and agree to comply with, all applicable
laws, statutes, ordinances, and other governmental authority, however designated.
Without limiting the foregoing, you agree to comply with all U.S. export laws
and applicable export laws of your locality (if you are not in the United States),
and shall not export any Software or other materials provided by Licensor without
first obtaining all required authorizations or licenses. The Software including the
documentation are provided subject to Licensor’s standard commercial agreement;
products acquired for use within or for any United States federal agency are provided with “LIMITED RIGHTS” and “RESTRICTED RIGHTS” as defined in DFARS
252.227-7013 and FAR 52.227-19.
8. IRC Section 7216. IRC Section 7216 and the associated regulations
(“§7216”) govern a tax return preparer’s use and disclosure of tax return information. You acknowledge that, as a user of the Software to provide tax preparation
services, you are a “tax return preparer” as such term is defined under §7216.
You warrant that, as a tax return preparer, you will comply with §7216. Subject
to certain exceptions under §7216 you are required, among other things, to
obtain a taxpayer’s written consent before you are permitted to: i) use a taxpayer’s tax return information to offer products or services other than tax preparation, or ii) disclose a taxpayer’s tax return information to third parties. To the
extent uses or disclosures requiring consent under §7216 are facilitated by the
Software, Licensor has included the required consent forms for your use. You
shall obtain the taxpayer’s signature on the consent form(s) when required and
retain the executed consent form(s) with the taxpayer’s file. To the extent you
elect to use or disclose a taxpayer’s tax return information for purposes other than
those facilitated by the Software, you shall be solely responsible for: i) developing
any additional consent forms as required by §7216, ii) properly obtaining the taxpayer’s signature on such consent forms when required, and iii) and retaining the
executed consent form(s) with the taxpayer’s file. Upon reasonable notice and during normal working hours, you shall allow representatives of Licensor to inspect
your compliance with §7216 solely as it relates to your use of the Software.
9. Fees and Payment. Per Unit Processing (PUP) and Electronic Filing (EF)
invoices, if any, are due and payable upon receipt. If payment is not received
within thirty (30) calendar days of the invoice date, Licensor shall have the right
to restrict your account from Software updates, alerts, PUP, and EF services until
full payment is received.
10.Other.
(A) Governing Law; Forum. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of
the state determined at the sole discretion of Licensor, without regard to choice
of law or conflicts of law provisions. Licensor and you agree that the exclusive
jurisdiction of any dispute arising out of, or relating to, this Agreement or any dis­
pute arising out of, or relating to, the Software or services provided in connection
therewith shall be in the courts located in the county To be determined at the sole
discretion of Licensor.
(B) Entire Agreement. This Agreement is the entire and exclusive agreement
between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and it supersedes
all previous communications, representations or agreements, either oral or written,
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between them. No representations or statements of any kind made by any representative of Licensor or its affiliates or subsidiaries, which are not included in this
agreement, shall be binding on Licensor.
(C) Amendments. Neither party may modify or amend this Agreement except by
a writing signed by you and authorized representatives of Licensor.
(D) Waiver. No waiver of any provision or condition herein shall be valid
unless in writing and signed by you and an authorized representative of Licensor.
Licensor’s failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of
this Agreement or any right shall not be construed as a waiver of any such provision or right.
(E) Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be illegal
or unenforceable, such provision shall be automatically reformed and construed
so as to be valid, operative and enforceable to the maximum extent permitted by
law or equity while preserving its original intent. The invalidity of any part of this
Agreement shall not render invalid the remainder of this Agreement.
Should you have any questions concerning this Agreement, please contact Licensor in
writing.
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Table of Contents
License Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i
Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
Hardware Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
New Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
New System Features, Forms,
and Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Initial Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
General Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Button Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Menu Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Status Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Workspace Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Forms Pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Summary Pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Screen Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Form Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Helpful Hints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
1040 Sample Return . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Enhancing Your Performance . . . . . . . . 57
Control Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Proforma Clients from 2010 to 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . 59
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Updating System Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Client Selection Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
General Information Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Simple Tax Refund Wizard (STaR) . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Married Filing Separate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Data Paths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Organizers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Client Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Batch Processing Clients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Managing Your Clients’ Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Management Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Status Drawer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Asset Tracker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Asset Tracker Button Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
New Asset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Tabs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Special Depreciation Allowance Elections . . . . . 106
Section 179 Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Depreciation Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Two Year Comparison Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Barcode Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Signature Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Slip Sheets and Envelopes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Backups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Instruction Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Standard Filing Instruction Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
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Custom Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Step-by-Step Customizing a Letter . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Other Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Federal Extra Sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Invoice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Utilities, Settings, and
Workbench Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Print Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Distribution Sets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Step-by-Step Customizing Sets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Setting Print Defaults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Printing the Return . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Advanced Form Delivery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Other Printable Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Internet Service Provider (ISP) . . . . . . 135
Testing Your ISP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Upload Clients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Download Clients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Update Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Per Unit Process (PUP) Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
PUP History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
E-File Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Filing Returns Electronically . . . . . . . . 142
How to Become an E-File Participant . . . . . . . . . 142
Declaration Control Number (DCN) . . . . . . . . . . 142
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Step 1 – Preparing the Return . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Transmit Directly to Filing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
State Electronic Filing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Personal Identification Number (PIN) . . . . . . . . . 152
Practitioner PIN Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Self-Select PIN Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
E-File Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Helpful E-File Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Step 2 – E-File Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
E-File Center Login . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
E-File Center Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Step 3 – Transmitting Returns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Step 4 – Handling Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . 166
Step 5 – Correcting Rejects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
E-Filing Imperfect Returns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
E-File Test Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
E-File Center Database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
E-File Center Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
E-File Center Helpful Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Multiple Office Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
1040 IRS E-File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
1040 Modernized e-File (MeF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
1040 Drain Times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
E-File Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
990 E-File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
1041 E-File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
1065 E-File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
1120/1120S E-File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
5500 E-File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Michigan Business Tax (MBT) E-File . . . . . . . . . 185
E-File Mandates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
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Financial Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
E-File Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
E-File/Bank Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Check Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Print Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Issuing the Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Reprint Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Lost or Stolen Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Helpful Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Help Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
States and Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
State and City Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Ohio Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Multiple State Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Multiple State PUP Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
State and City Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
State W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,
1099-Misc,1099-G, and City W-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Multiple ES Payments and Vouchers . . . . . . . . . . 207
Business Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
New Business E-Filing Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
1041 Sample Return . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
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1065 Sample Return . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Other Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
706 Estate Tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
709 Gift Tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Other Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
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Hardware Requirements
The following are hardware requirements and suggestions when running the program.
System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit, Windows VISTA 32-bit & 64-bit,
Windows XP Service Pack 3 32-bit, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Server
2008 32-bit and 64-bit
HardwareMinimumRecommended
Processor2.0 GHzDual-Core Processor
or better
RAM
1 Gigabyte RAM
4 Gigabytes RAM
Screen Area* 1024 X 768 1280 X 1024 or better Internet/Browser
High-speed (DSL, Cable,
High-speed (DSL, Cable, etc)
etc) Internet Explorer 8
Internet Explorer 8 or better
Scanners
Twain Compliant Twain Compliant
Printer
Min16 MB RAM
Min 32 MB Ram
Software Prerequisites
Microsoft.NET Framework 4.0
*To set the screen area, click the Start button and select Control Panel. In Classic View,
click the Display icon. Click the Settings tab in the Display Properties window and adjust
the screen resolution. Click Apply to use the new screen settings, and then click OK.
Printers
The program has the ability to print using BubbleJet, InkJet, DeskJet, and LaserJet printers.
However, we highly recommend LaserJet printers with at least 15 pages per minute (PPM) and
8 MB or more of memory, as they are more economical and have increased print speed.
Common laser printers used in tax preparation include:
HP 1022 (19 ppm)
HP P2015 (27 ppm)
HP 3050 AiO (19 ppm)
HP CM1015 MFP (8 ppm)
HP 3052 AiO (19 ppm)
HP 2605 (12 ppm)
HP P3005 (35 ppm)
HP 3390 AiO (22 ppm)
HP M2727nf MFP (27 ppm)
HP 2820 AiO (20 ppm)
HP CP3505n (22 ppm)
HP 4250 (45 ppm)
HP 4240n (40ppm)
HP CP4005n (30 ppm)
HP 3000n (30ppm)
HP 4700n (31 ppm)
HP 4730MFP (30 ppm)
HP 5200 (35 ppm)
HP 4350n (55 ppm)
HP 5550n (27 ppm)
HP 9500n (24 ppm)
HP CP4005n (24 ppm)
Hardware Requirements
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Be cautious when purchasing all-in-one units (fax, scanner, printer, and copier combinations), as these units do not have printer memory for soft fonts to be downloaded. These
printers will not work with the program unless you specify output in Adobe PDF format,
which typically prints at a lower rate.
To change printer settings, click Settings, Printer & Delivery Settings. Select the desired
printer. If using a BubbleJet, DeskJet, or InkJet type printer, check the Print forms in PDF
format box.
Note
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Non-LaserJet printers have a tendency to blur 2D barcode forms. This may cause problems with the state’s ability to scan returns correctly. Always submit the original copy to the
state for 2D barcode processing.
New Features
u Barcode Reader (pg. 109)
u Business Electronic Filing Options Screen (pg. 209)
u FAQs (pg. 24)
u Proforma (pg. 59)
u Signature Pad (pg. 109)
u STaR Efficiency Enhancements (pg. 67)
u Updates (pg. 20)
New Features
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New System Features, Forms,
and Schedules
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u Federal - Form 8949
u Federal - Added all additional forms (126+) for IRS MeF Phase III
u Alabama – MeF
u Iowa – 2D Barcodes on Forms
u Kentucky – Form 8949-K, 8879-K
u Maine - Schedule A Worksheets, MeF
u Maryland - Form 505SU, Form 502B, MeF
u Massachusetts - Form MA 2210A
u Minnesota – Form M1PR E-Filing
u Ohio – MeF
u Texas – Ability to file multiple Texas Franchise Tax Refund for each
single member LLC from the Federal Schedules C, E, and F in the same
return
u West Virginia – MeF
1041
u Federal – Private Activity Bonds on Interest and Dividend grids
u Idaho – Form PTE-01, Form PTE-12
u Texas – Ability to file multiple Texas Franchise Tax Refund for each
single member LLC from the Federal Schedules C, E, and F in the same
return
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1065
u Federal - Form 8822-B
u Connecticut – CT K-1T
u Idaho – Form PTE-01, Form PTE-12
u Maryland – Form 510C
u Massachusetts – Form M-8736
u Oregon – Portland Form C, Form P, Form SC
u Rhode Island – Schedule K-1
u Utah – TC-250
1120
u Federal - Form 1125-A (previously known as Schedule A)
u Federal - Form 1125-E (previously known as Schedule E)
u Federal - Form 8050
u Federal - Form 8822-B
u Iowa – Form 1120X
u Oregon – Portland Form C, Form P, Form SC
u Virginia – Form VA-8879C
1120S
u Federal – Built-in gains worksheet
u Federal – Form 8050
u Connecticut – CT K-1T
u Idaho – Form PTE-01, Form PTE-12
u Maryland – Form 510C
u Oregon – Portland Form C, Form P, Form SC
u Pennsylvania – RCT-1010D, RCT-128C
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u Puerto Rico – Business Systems 1065, 1120, 1120S
u Rhode Island – Schedule K-1, E-filing
u Utah – TC-250
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Installation
The software installation will place supporting files, as well as subdirectories, on your local drive. It is easy to use and is similar to other Windows
installation programs. The installation is comprised of screens with choices
that operate in a “wizard” format. Move through each screen by choosing
and clicking the appropriate buttons for the desired option.
For the 2011 software, the installation process has been simplified.
Configuration for networks has been moved and is now part of the Initial
Configuration Wizard.
Note
If installing from the Internet, refer to Install from Internet instructions at
the end of this section.
Install from CD
Step 1 Close all running programs.
Step 2 Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive.
Step 3 The CD should start automatically. Click the To Begin
Installation Click Here link on the launch page.
Step 4 If the auto-run menu does not appear after inserting the program
CD, click the Start button on the taskbar and select Run. Type D:\
Setup.exe on the line labeled Open. Click Ok. If your CD-ROM
drive uses a letter other than D, substitute that letter for D. As
the setup starts, it will check your computer for prerequisites.
The software requires Microsoft’s MSXML 6.0 Service Pack 1,
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010, and .Net Framework 4.0 Full. If the
prerequisites have not been installed, the setup will attempt to
download them from Microsoft’s website.
Note
Some firewall applications or appliances may need to be configured to
allow these prerequisites to be downloaded. If you cannot download
them from the Setup, please download and install them manually from
Microsoft’s website.
Step 5 The Welcome screen will open. Review the End User License
Agreement (EULA) by clicking the Show EULA button. You can
print the License Agreement for future reference by clicking the
Print button.
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Step 6 By default, the software will install to the C drive on your
machine. Click the Change button if you need to change the
default installation path. We recommend that you leave this setting as the default.
Step 7 After reading the license agreement and verifying the installation
path, click the Accept & Install button.
Step 8 The software will install to the location specified in Step 6.
Step 9 After all of the files have been installed, the InstallShield Wizard
Complete screen will be shown. Select the option to launch the
program and click the Finish button. If the program does not start
automatically, you may run the program by double clicking the
Tax Prep Software icon on your desktop.
Note
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Adobe Reader is no longer required, but recommended. If you do not
have Adobe Reader 9.0 or higher installed on your computer it is available
for download from Adobe’s website at www.adobe.com.
Install From Internet
Step 1 Close all running programs.
Step 2 Open your internet browser and go to the software website.
Step 3 Locate the download file.
Step 4 Click on the Download link to begin downloading. It is recommended that you save the link to your desktop.
Step 5 Locate the setup.exe on your desktop and double click to begin
the installation process. The software requires Microsoft’s
MSXML 6.0 Service Pack 1, Microsoft Visual C++ 2010, and
.Net Framework Full. If the prerequisites have not been installed,
the setup will attempt to download them from Microsoft’s website.
Note
Some firewall applications or appliances may need to be configured to
allow these prerequisites to be downloaded. If you cannot download them
from the software Setup, please download and install them manually from
Microsoft’s website.
Step 6 Continue installation by following steps 5 through 9 of Install
from CD (page 7-8).
Initial Configuration
The Initial Configuration Wizard assists in organizing your user settings
and configuring your network (if applicable). To use the program properly,
complete the information on each screen.
Step 1 If the program is not already open, double click the Tax Prep
Software icon on your desktop. The Initial Configuration
Wizard will appear the first time the program is opened after
installation.
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Step 2 If the software is only installed on one computer in your office,
select Stand Alone Configuration, click Next, and skip to Step
8. If more than one computer in your office will have the software
and will share data, select Network Configuration, click Next,
and continue to the next step.
Step 3 If this is the first computer you are configuring on your network,
select the Yes, this is the first computer setup on my network
option. Click Next and continue to the next step. If you have
already configured another computer on your network, select the
No, another computer has already been setup on my network
option. Click Next and skip to Step 7.
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Step 4 Enter the location on your network where the settings and
upgrades for the software should reside. You may click Browse
to find the location on your network. Please note this location, as
you will need it to configure subsequent computers. Click Next
once the location has been entered.
Step 5 If the initial configuration wizard has not completed a scan of
your network, you may see a screen indicating the system configuration is taking place. Allow the scan to complete before
continuing. If the software was able to find and connect with the
Tax Prep Software’s 2010 database, you will be taken to the serial
number entry screen. Skip to Step 8. If the program was NOT
able to connect automatically to a database, continue to the next
step.
Step 6 If more than one database is available on your network, you will
be presented with a list of existing database instances. Review the
list of Database Names and select the best one to connect to. The
database name consists of the machine name, a backslash (i.e.\),
and the database instance on that machine. Click Test Connection
on the row of the database you want to connect to. If the user
name and password are not known to the program, you will be
prompted to enter the username and password for the database. If
you are unsure of the database login credentials, or not sure which
database to connect to, click Install a new Database Instance.
The program will then install a new database instance. Once the
database has been installed, or an existing database has been configured, click Next and continue to Step 8.
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Note
Some recommendations on databases:
A. If you have an existing SQL database server, check with your
database administrator to configure the connection.
B. If you have more than one prior year version of TaxPrep (or
TaxPrep10) select the applicable database instance on your server
(or the machine where the program settings and upgrade information reside).
C. If you have a choice between a version 8 and a version 10 database instance, use the version 10 database.
D. If there are any doubts about which database to connect to, install
a new database instance.
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Step 7 If you indicated in Step 3 that a machine had been previously
configured on your network, enter the location of the configuration file. Click Browse to find theNetworkSetup.config file in the
network location noted in Step 4. Once the configuration file has
been entered, click Next and skip to Step 20.
Step 8 Enter the Serial Number and Account Numbers EXACTLY as
they appear on your license notice. Click Next to continue.
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Step 9 Enter other firm information as desired. Click Next to continue.
Step 10 Enter any additional firm data as desired. If you participate in
electronic filing, you can enter a default EFIN. Click Next to
continue.
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Step 11 The Security section of the Initial Configuration Wizard walks
you through setting up a master password and logins for each
user. You may skip this section by selecting the Disable Security
option. If you select to disable security, click Next and skip to
Step 14. We recommend that security be enabled. If you want to
enable security, select Enable Security and click Next to
continue.
Step 12 Enter in and then confirm the master password. Select a security
question, and enter your answer. Click Next to continue.
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Step 13 Your User Name should appear. Your password will be the same
as the Master password entered in Step 12. You may enter more
users and passwords by clicking Add User or you may delete
users by clicking Delete. Once all users have been created, click
Next to continue.
Step 14 Verify that the correct printer is selected in the Printer drop down
box. Click Next to continue.
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Step 15 If the 2010 program is installed on your computer, check the
boxes for the system options you wish to update. Verify the
System Update path. Click Next to continue. If the 2010 program
is not installed on this computer, click Next to continue.
Step 16 The next initial configuration wizard sccreens show new features
and wording changes added to the 2011 program. Review the
information and click Next to continue.
Step 17From the Update Settings screen you can configure how often the
tax software downloads updates and when they are applied. Below
are instructions for Stand Alone and Network Installations.
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Stand Alone Installation Update Settings
Step 1The Download Options section allows you to choose how often
the program will check and download software updates.
Step 2The Update Options section allows you to choose when to apply
new software updates to the program. You can choose to apply
updates automatically on startup, or you manually apply updates.
If you chose to apply updates manually, indicate if you want the
program to prompt you on software startup or shutdown. Select a
reminder frequency. Click Next.
Network Installation Update Settings
Step 1The Download Options section allows you to choose from where
and how often the computer running the Initial Configuration
Wizard will download updates.
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We recommend that all computers use the Internet and shared network location option. This will ensure that all workstations on the
network are always up to date. However, you can choose to have
a computer update from the Internet only or from the Shared network location only.
At least one computer on your network should be configured to check the
internet for updates.
Step 2The Update Options section allows you to choose when to apply
software updates to this computer. You can select to apply updates
automatically on software startup, or you manually apply the
updates. If you chose to apply tax software updates manually, indicate if you want the program to prompt you on software startup or
shutdown. Select a reminder frequency. Click Next.
Step 3 Indicate how all other computers will download updates. Again,
we recommend that Internet and shared network location be set
for each computer. You can also specify how the other computers
will apply the updates. Click Next.
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Step 4 The final screen is a reminder to verify information carried forward as part of the system updates, or you can enter new information. You can access most of the items from the Settings menu
once the initial configuration wizard is complete. Click Finish to
complete the initial configuraiton wizard process.
Step 5 You may be prompted to install the sample returns. Click Yes if
you would like them loaded on your computer, otherwise click
No.
Step 6 After the initial configuration wizard steps have been completed,
the client selection screen should open.
If you need to setup and/or configure the software on other machines in
your network, repeat the Program Installation and Initial Configuration
procedures.
Updates
To reconfigure Update settings select the Installations menu.
Check for Updates will run through a process to see if any new updates are
available.
Configure Update Options allows you to change any prior settings
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Hotfix Release Notes will display information on changes made in each
update version of the tax software.
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General Instructions
We have designed the program to look and feel like other Windows-based
programs. Movement throughout the program is based on Windows functions
you should be familiar with. For example, click with your mouse to select
an item; hold the mouse key down on a part of the screen to move, expand,
or reduce the screen; drag the scroll bar to move the form up or down. This
manual is to be used as a reference item. You can also find answers to many
questions by clicking the Help menu and selecting the desired topic; or right
click with your mouse on any input field.
When the program is initially opened, the Client Selection screen automatically appears. Double click on a client or click New in the top left corner of
the Client Selection screen. (For information on entering a new client, reference the Tutorial section.) You are now viewing the Workspace. There are
three bars within the program.
Menu Bar
Button Bar
Status Bar
Button Bar
The button bar contains icons that will link to the most frequently used functions. The icons EF Ctr, Mgmt, New, STaR, and Clients link to screens where
most of the tax preparation will take place. The Assets, Fed, State, and Detail
icons link to input forms used to enter client information. Peek toggles to a
full view of the Output pane. Review is used to process the return. Audits will
let you view audit messages for the client you are working on. The PUPs and
Upload icons link to program features through the Internet. Status is used for
in-house tracking of a client. Close exits the client’s return and returns you to
idle mode. Ark links to a document storage software called ArkWorks.
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Control is a vital link for entering license information and setting unique preferences in the program. Alerts links to a website, allowing you to view messages
regarding form and program changes, and bank and IRS messages. Update
allows you to receive program updates through the Internet.
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1. E-File & Financial Products functions and reports
11. Process and review return
2. Client Management utilities
12. Review Audits for client
3. Create a new client file
13. View or request PUP code through Internet
4. Simple Tax Return Wizard
14. Upload open client through Internet
5. Client Selection Screen
15. View and change status of client
6. Asset Tracker input
16. Exit client’s return
7. Federal input
17. Link to ArkWorks® software, if purchased
8. State input
18. Enter preparer/program/default information
9. Detail Statement input fields
19. View and print Alerts
10. Peek and review return
20. Update program files
To remove or restore button captions, click the View menu and select Use
Captions on Buttons. Customize the button bar by right clicking on the
button bar and selecting Customize.
Note
Menu Bar
The menu bar contains many submenus. The options on the button bar, as
well as other features, are noted here and at the back of the manual.
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Status Bar
The status bar is located at the bottom of the screen. It displays the client’s
name, SSN or EIN, and return status. AGI and other amounts are displayed
only when the Summary pane is minimized.
Workspace Modes
The Workspace is located in the center of the screen and has three modes:
n Idle – The screen is blank and some of the button bar icons are static.
n Input – This screen, also known as the program desktop, allows input
of client data. It is accessed through New or Clients. Up to four panes
can be viewed at once on the screen in this mode.
Use the Forms pane to
select forms and schedules
for data entry.
The Input pane is where
client information is entered.
The FAQ button will take you
to the most frequently asked
questions, issues, solutions, and
helpful hints regarding the form
or schedule you are currently
working in.
The Help pane displays
helpful information for the field
your cursor is on. You can also
scroll the contents to view information for the entire form or
screen being viewed.
The Summary pane displays client information such as AGI, Total Tax, Total Payments,
Federal and State Refunds, and Balance Due. As you make changes to the return, the Summary
pane will display real-time calculations. This pane is only available in the 1040 system.
Note
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To restore the Workspace screen to factory settings, click the View menu
and select Reset Desk, or press Ctrl+F5.
To toggle between the Input pane and Output form, click Peek. Or click
the View menu and select Peek. You may also press F11 to toggle between
panes.
n Review – This screen lists the contents of a client’s return after it has
been processed. It is accessed by clicking Review. Forms, schedules,
and audits can be viewed or printed.
Note
The Audit Diagnostic Screen may appear prior to the Review Pane.
Click to access
Client Selection.
Click to return to the
Federal portion of
the return.
Click to return to the
State portion of the
return.
Forms Pane
The Forms pane displays a list of forms and schedules included in each
system. Click the folder to view a tree listing the forms and schedules for
the Type selected (i.e., Credits, Income, Payments). There are four tabs:
Form – Displays all available forms and schedules.
Common – Displays commonly used forms and schedules.
Type – Displays forms and schedules by type.
Used – Displays forms and schedules used in the return you are working on.
Once information has been entered on a form, the icon next to the form
name will be shaded in blue. To mark the form as completed, right click
on the form name and select Completed. A red checkmark will appear. To
remove the checkmark, right click and select UnCompleted.
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Select the applicable Forms pane tab.
If there are multiples of a form, they will be listed below the related form or
schedule. Click ‘+’ to expand or contract the list.
To add a form to the Common tab while working in the client’s return, click
the Form tab. Right click on the desired form. Select the Add to Common
option and the form will be added to the Common tab list. To remove a
form, select the Common tab. Right click on the desired form. Select the
Remove from Common option and the form will be removed from the
Common tab list.
You can also customize the Common tab by clicking the Settings menu
and selecting Common Forms. The forms defaulted by the program will
be tagged. Select the System and User, and tag the forms you want listed
under the Common tab. Click OK. Click Restore Defaults to restore the
Common Forms to the defaults distributed with the program.
Select the user for whom
you are customizing the
Common tab.
Select the applicable system.
Tag/untag the forms to
be listed under the Common
tab.
Click to restore defaults
distributed with the program.
Click to save changes and
exit.
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Note
To password protect the Common tab, reference the Enhancing Your
Performance, Security section.
You can add forms to the Used tab before entering information on the form.
From the Form tab, right click on the form you would like to add. Select Add
to Used (in this Return). The form will appear in the Used forms list. This
feature is helpful to ensure all information has been entered.
Summary Pane
The Summary pane displays client information such as AGI, EIC, Net
Tax, Total Payments, and Refund. As you enter information in the client’s
return, the Summary pane will display real-time calculations. You may
select whether to display the Return Summary, which includes the above
information, or Same as Output, which provides a summary of information
and totals pertinent to the form or schedule you are working on. A limited
amount of information is also included on the status bar when the Summary
pane is minimized. This feature is only available in the 1040
system. The figures below compare Return Summary and Same as Output
Summary panes when working on a Schedule C.
Click to print the
Summary pane
information.
Click to minimize
the Summary pane
and maximize the
Forms pane.
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Screen Symbols
Some form and schedule input screens contain symbols.
Required Entry – Entries must be made in these fields in order to generate
the form.
Optional Entry – Fields with one black dot indicate that amounts will automatically carry from other forms if the corresponding forms are programgenerated. Make an entry in this field if you are hand-preparing the form.
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Override Entry – Fields with two black dots indicate that any manual entry
will override the computer’s calculations. If a zero amount is desired, enter
-1.
Asset Tracker – Fields with an arrow indicate you have the capability to
enter the item through the Asset Tracker (F5 Key).
Add to Entry – Fields with a plus sign indicate that entries in the fields will
be added to the amount(s) already carrying to the field.
Form Links
Many of your tax returns can be prepared from the main General
Information screen by using Form Links.
Click the underlined, highlighted form name or description to access the
associated form. Make entries on the form then click the green arrow
button at the top left of the input form control bar to return to the previous screen. For example, on the General Information screen, under the
Adjustments heading, click the Schedule A link for Itemized Deductions.
The program opens the Schedule A input screen. After entering Schedule
A information, click the green arrow button to return to the General
Information screen.
Click the arrow to link
back to the General
Information screen.
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Click the form
name to link to the
applicable form.
Colors
This feature will allow you to customize the colors while working in the
program. Click the Settings menu and select Colors.
Click to change the color settings.
Click to restore the
default colors.
Click to save the changes.
To change a color setting, click the color. The color pallet screen will
appear.
Click to apply the color
selected.
Click to create custom colors.
Pick one of the Basic colors or click Define Custom Colors for more
selections. To create custom colors, enter new values in either the RGB (red,
green, blue) or HSL (hue, saturation, and luminescence) color models, or
just select the desired color. After the color has been selected, click Add
to Custom Colors. Up to 16 colors can be saved before the colors start to
override one another. After selecting the custom colors, the new colors will
be added to the color pallet screen.
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Scroll for different
shades of a color.
RGB and HSL boxes.
Displays the custom colors
that have been saved.
Click to add a
custom color to the
menu.
Displays the selected color.
The default colors can be restored at any time. Click the Settings menu and
select Colors. Then click the Defaults button.
Helpful Hints
u Moving through fields – Move from field to field using any of the
following methods: mouse, Enter, Tab, or arrow keys. Press the Shift
and Tab keys together to move back a field.
u Tag or Untag
Click to tag or untag all
items.
Tag or untag one item at a
time.
u Edit – Cut, Copy, and Paste can be accessed by right clicking in any
field or through the Edit menu. These are standard Windows functions.
The Windows clipboard holds the information, allowing users to copy
and paste data from sources outside of the program.
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u Delete – Clear Text and Erase Form are additional edit utilities. Ctrl+Y
or the delete key will clear text in the highlighted field. F9 will erase
the entire form you have accessed. Ctrl+F9 erases all entries on a highlighted line.
u Client Number – Using client numbers is optional. To avoid using the
client number, check the Suppress Client Numbering box in the lower
left corner of the New Client screen within Client Selection or within
the Settings Menu, click the Control Data button, click the Switches
tab, and check the Hide Client Number in Client Selection box.
u Super Grids – Areas in the program that have multiple lines and fields
for the same item have super grids. You can also import Excel files into
any super grid. Make sure the spreadsheet columns correspond to the
super grid.
Click the column header
and then click Sort. Rows
will change according to the
sort selection.
Click to save and close
the grid and return to the
input screen.
u Simple Grids – Areas in the program that have multiple lines of entry
for the same item have simple grids. Calculations from these entries do
not take place until you review the return. To move through a simple
grid, press Enter. Pressing Tab will move the cursor off the grid and to
the next line of input. You can also import Excel files into any simple
grid. Make sure the spreadsheet columns correspond to the simple grid.
u Detail Statements – To detail an item while in a field, double click
or press F6. A grid will appear. Enter descriptions and amounts. The
Amount column will total. Click OK to exit the grid. The detail total
will be pasted to the field. When you move from the field, the color of
the field will change, letting you know the field was detailed.
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u Sort and Find – The client’s data is displayed in columns on the Client
Selection screen. Sort any column by clicking the column header. The
current sort column header will be noted with a s. To sort at multiple
levels, click the Utilities menu and select Custom Sort. Make selections. The Find feature in Client Selection and Management coincides
with the sort selection.
u List Business Codes – Select this option to view the business code list.
Business codes are used on Schedule C and Schedule F. To access this
function click the Workbench menu and select List Business Codes.
u Date Auto-fill – On a date field, you may press the letter T to fill in the
current date. Or, if only the month and day (MMDD) are entered in a date
field, the program will assume the current year and fill it in accordingly.
u Dragging – An alternative to scrolling on a form is to drag the form. Drag
by moving the mouse while depressing the left mouse button or mouse
wheel control. Dragging is convenient while viewing the Input and Output
panes.
u Renumber Multiples – To renumber a multiple, select the form or
schedule. Click the drop down box at the top of the form and select
<Delete/Rename>.
Tag form and click Delete
to delete form.
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Tag the multiple you want to delete, and click Delete. Verify the
information, if prompted, and click Yes. Click Yes to compress the
remaining input forms. Clicking No will delete the information on the
form, leaving a blank form.
Note
When forms are compressed, they automatically renumber. You must
manually change the multiple number for any information carrying to a
renumbered form (i.e., Form 4562 carrying to a specific Schedule C).
u Rename Multiples – To rename a multiple, click the Multiple drop
down box and select <Delete/Rename>. Tag the form/schedule that
needs to be renamed. Drag the mouse to highlight the field, press the
Backspace key to delete, or click the Repair Names button. Enter the
information and click Close to save.
Type the desired information
to rename the form.
New forms are automatically named as entered. If the name is changed on
any new or updated multiple form, the auto-name will also change.
u Audits – The program has included audit suggestions and reminders
while preparing tax returns. To view audits while working in a client’s
return, click Audits on the button bar. The Audit Statements screen will
appear. To correct an audit, click Fix Now. This will take you to the
form and field in question where you can make changes. If the Audit
button is inactive, there are no audits in the return.
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To suppress an audit, click the Click here to suppress button in the
Suppress column. Click the button once to suppress the audit for the client
you have open; the text on the button will be written in blue and change.
Click the button twice to suppress the audit for all clients; the text on the button will be written in red. Click the button three times to restore the Click
here to suppress button. To restore suppressed audits, click the View menu
and select Audits Suppressed. Tag the audits you wish to restore and click
Remove, then OK.
Click to suppress audit.
u Audit Trail – The audit trail feature allows you to view in one place,
details on how an amount was derived. Ctrl+right click (in review
mode) on desired line of the output form to access the audit trail. A
popup window will appear listing all form and schedule amounts that
carry to the chosen line.
Note
If an amount is derived from input related to another form, the audit
trail includes a link to the related form where changes can be made.
The audit trail feature is only available on the federal Form 1040, pages
1 and 2. Under Settings, Control Data, Switches you will see the switch
Audit Trail in Review Mode: Require Ctrl key + right click to display
Audit Trail. The box must be checked to use the Audit Trail feature.
u Verify Vital Data – This useful utility will minimize e-file rejects. The
utility will prompt you to re-enter vital data. If entries differ, you will be
prompted to select the correct entry. To enable, click the Settings menu,
select EF Settings, click the EF Switches tab, and check the Verify
Key E-File Information box. Vital Data fields include: SSN and Name
control for taxpayer and spouse on a new client; SSN and birthday for
dependents; EIN, SSN, Wages, and Withholding on W-2s; and EIN,
SSN, Gross Distribution, Taxable, Code, and Withholding for federal
and state on 1099Rs.
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u Paste Amounts/Import K-1 – These buttons appear on two screens,
1040X and K-1 Received. Click the Paste to Original Tax Paid/
Overpayment button on the 1040X screen. The program will fill in the
amounts from the original return. Be sure to use this feature before making changes to amend the return.
u The Import K-1 button will appear when accessing the K-1 Received
form if the corresponding business return was entered in the program.
The software identifies the EIN and the Import K-1 button is automatically active. Click the Import K-1 button and select the K-1 to import
the data.
u Help – This button has been added to many of the screens. Click Help
or ? to open a help document relating to the area of the software you
are working with. Help documents contain several tips and other useful
information.
u Close – Close is used to exit the current client, drop down menu, or
screen. Close will not exit the program.
Note
Reference the Utilities, Settings, and Workbench Menus section of this
manual for other helpful hints.
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1040 Sample Return
Richard and Stephanie Jones have recently moved into the area and have just
come into your office to have their 2011 tax returns prepared. They are also
interested in some financial planning services. Let’s quickly prepare the return
for the Jones family and learn about some of the features in the program.
Step 1 – Start-Up
A Double click the program icon on your desktop.
B The program may automatically open to the Client Selection screen. If not, click the Clients button located on the button bar.
Step 2 – Data Path Name
A If you prefer to use the default Data Path Name “My Tax Files,” skip to
step 3.
Note
A Data Path is the file location where client files are stored on your hard
drive, network drive, or removable media drive (flash drive).
B Data Paths may be customized to store client files in any location you
want.
1 If you want to change the indicated Data Path Name/Location, click
Edit on the menu bar and select Data Paths from the list.
2 To create a new data path, click New. Type the desired name in the
Name column. Choose the location for the data path, by clicking
the browse button.
Step 3 – Folder Selection
A Create a new folder by clicking Edit on the menu bar and selecting
New Folder from the list.
B Type Tutorial in the New Folder Name field and click OK.
Step 4 – Client Selection
A A database will maintain a list of clients already in your folder.
B Since the Jones return is new, click the New Client button.
Step 5 – New Client
AThe New Client screen will appear, enabling you to initialize the client.
B To move from field to field, use your mouse or press the Enter, Tab, or
arrow keys. Press the Shift and Tab keys together to move back a field.
CThe Client Number is optional. Because this is the first client in this
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folder, assign it number 1.
D Enter the Client ID as JONE1234. (We used the first four letters of the
client’s last name and the last four digits of the SSN.)
The Client ID field is an optional entry. It may be left blank or any combination of letters and/or numbers may be used.
Note
Note
If the spouse’s last name is the same as the taxpayer’s, an entry in the
Spouse Last Name field is not necessary.
EEnter Richard Jones as the taxpayer’s first and last names.
F Enter Richard’s social security number as 525-01-1234. The dashes are
already provided and do not need to be entered.
G Enter Richard’s birth date as 01-01-1982.
H
Click on the Spouse First Name input field. Enter Stephanie as the
spouse’s first name.
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Enter Stephanie’s social security number as 529-01-6543.
J
Enter Stephanie’s birth date as 02-02-1982.
K Enter their address as 1350 South Main Street.
L Enter their ZIP Code as 84037.
MSelect Kaysville.
Note
The city and state will be filled in based on the ZIP Code entered. If there
is more than one city assigned to a ZIP Code, you will be prompted to
select the proper city from a list. To select the proper city, click on the
city with the mouse, or use the arrow keys and press Enter.
NClick OK to continue.
Step 6 – General Information
A The first interview input screen will appear. This is the General
Information screen. Notice that the taxpayer’s and spouse’s names,
social security numbers, birth dates, and address have all been carried
from the New Client screen.
Note
The Title field is used for such things as Jr., III, MD, etc. We do not need
to make an entry in this field for the Jones’ return.
B Enter the taxpayer’s and spouse’s occupations.
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• Richard owns a computer consulting firm and prefers Self-Employed as his occupation.
• Stephanie is a Web Designer for Web Design, Inc.
The occupation field is an auto-fill library.
Note
Note
C Enter their phone numbers.
Their home phone number is (801) 555-3254.
Richard’s work phone number is (801) 555-1212.
Richard’s cell phone number is (801) 555-0777.
Richard’s work fax number is (801) 555-1213.
Stephanie’s work phone number is (801) 555-0659.
Stephanie’s cell phone number is (801) 555-0776.
Stephanie’s work fax number is (801) 555-5809.
When entering dates, SSNs, or phone numbers, if you wish to override the
format provided, press the Ctrl and Y keys together. The pre-existing format will be deleted and the new information will print exactly as entered.
D Richard and Stephanie prefer phone calls on Stephanie’s cell phone; list
this as their daytime phone number. They want their home phone number to be listed as their evening phone number. Click the t button on the
drop down box next to the phone numbers to make the appropriate
selections.
The daytime phone number will not print on the return, unless you have
selected this on the Preparer Options screen.
Note
E Stephanie finished her degree earlier this year; enter an education
expense of $3,500 in her Tuition and fees field. In addition to tuition,
she paid $1,100 for books and other school supplies. Enter this in her
AOC expenses field. Select Force Lifetime from the Credit type drop
down box.
F They live in Davis County. This should have auto-filled based on the
ZIP Code selected on the New Client screen.
GThe school district name is Davis. The school district number is 07.
This information also should have auto-filled based on the ZIP Code
selected on the New Client screen.
H For this tutorial, enter your own firm’s email address on the TP e-mail
address line. We will use this email address later in the tutorial. Do not
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enter an e-mail address for Stephanie at this time.
Step 7 – Filing Status, Dependents, Earned Income Credit,
and Child Care Credit
A Scroll down to the Filing Status field. Because this is a joint return, and
Stephanie’s information has already been entered, no entry is necessary.
To override the default filing status, select the proper code from the codes
on the right and enter it in the line number box.
Note
B Mr. and Mrs. Jones have two children, Trevor and Anna. Click the
Dependent Information grid to enter the dependents.
C Enter the following information:
Their son, Trevor, was born 06-15-2004. His SSN is 646-67-2973.
Their daughter, Anna, was born 04-05-2006. Her SSN is 646-89-4649
If the last name of each dependent is the same as the taxpayer’s, an entry
is not required.
Note
Note
The program defaults to 12 months in the home and assumes the dependent lived with the taxpayer unless an entry indicating the contrary is
made in the Mos in Home column or an overriding entry is made on the
Dependent screen.
D Since both parents work, the children are enrolled in a daycare program.
Richard and Stephanie paid $3,900 for Trevor and $4,160 for Anna’s
daycare expenses. Enter the amounts in the Child Care Exp column for
each child.
Note
The Status drop down box is used to indicate special dependent situations.
If the exemption is not allowed for the dependent, but the child still qualifies for the Dependent Care Benefits, Earned Income Credit, or Head of
Household filing status, select the appropriate status. The status can also
be used in a divorce situation when the parents alternate years of claiming
the child as a dependent, without deleting the child’s information. Since
Richard and Stephanie are claiming both children, no action is required in
the Status drop down box.
E The bottom half of the dependent grid is used for EIC purposes and
relates to Form 8867 – Paid Preparers Earned Income Credit Checklist.
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Questions MUST be answered for any child used in the EIC calculations. In addition to questions on the dependent grid, required fields on
the EIC input screen relating to Form 8867, must be answered.
If the software can determine that a return would qualify but the 8867
questions have not been completed, diagnostic audits will display
alerting the preparer to complete the required information.
F Click the Close button to continue.
Note
If an override is needed for the number of children that lived with the
taxpayer during the year, enter the override on the Dependent Information
input screen. G Click the Care Provider Information grid located below the
Dependent Information grid on the federal General Information screen.
This grid can also be accessed from the Form 2441 Input screen.
Note
H In California, Mary Smith watched the children. Her address is 912
Ottawa Avenue. Her ZIP Code is 92507. She lived in Riverside,
California. Her phone number is (945) 715-6784. (Some states require
the phone number so the program has included it on the entry screen).
Her SSN is 545-34-1113. She received $3,699 for watching the children.
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In Utah, Wee Care cared for Trevor and Anna. Wee Care’s address is
502 East 200 North. The ZIP Code is 84037. The phone number is
(801) 752-2435. Their EIN is 87-9641646. They received $4,361 for
their services.
J Click the Close button to close the grid.
If any adjusting entries are necessary on Form 2441, make them on the
Form 2441 input screen.
Note
Step 8 – Form W-2
Stephanie received two W-2s. The first one is from California Design
Services, her employer before moving.
A On the General Information screen in the Income section, click on the
Form W-2 link. This will open the W-2 input screen.
BSelect Spouse from the Ownership Code drop down box.
C Enter the Employer’s ID number as 82-0002871.
The program will carry the taxpayer’s or spouse’s information from the
General Information screen. Stephanie reported her change of address
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to California Design, so her address reported on the W-2 is her current
address.
D Enter the Employer’s name as California Design Services. Notice that
after you enter the Employer’s name, it adds that name to the multiple
drop down box at the top of the screen.
E Enter the Employer’s address as 1220 E Hunter Avenue.
FThe Employer’s ZIP Code is 92507 (Riverside).
G Enter Stephanie’s wages. She earned $18,223 from California Design
last year. Notice that the wage amount carries to lines 3 and 5 as well
as the state and local wages on the first row in the state simple grid.
The program also calculates social security and Medicare withholdings
based on those amounts. If the calculated numbers disagree with the
form, override the necessary amounts by replacing the calculated figures.
The program will round all numbers to whole dollar amounts. Do not
enter dollar signs ($) or commas.
Note
H Stephanie had federal income tax withheld of $2,842.
IThe Social security tax withheld was $765.37, and Medicare was
$264.23. The program correctly calculated these amounts. Notice that
the program rounded the social security tax withholding up to $1130.
J Enter the state in the state simple grid as CA (for California).
K California Design Services’ state employer ID number is CA6955061.
L Stephanie had $942 in California state taxes withheld.
M Click the Next button at the top of the input screen to move to the next W-2.
NSelect Spouse as the Ownership Code.
O Enter the following information about Web Design, Inc.:
Employer’s ID number 87-1929047.
Employer’s name Web Design, Inc.
Employer’s address 350 South Main Street.
Employer’s ZIP 84037 (Kaysville)
Wages $23,589.
Federal withholding $3,370.
UT State Employer ID number Y66598.
UT withholding $1,613
P Click the green arrow button at the top left of the input form control
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bar to return to the General Information screen.
Step 9 – Schedule B Interest and Dividends
The Jones family received both interest and dividends in 2011. Let’s enter
the interest and dividends now.
Interest
A On the General Information screen in the Income section, click on
the Schedule B link right under line 8. The link will take you to the
Schedule B input screen, which has two entry grids for interest, Basic
and Advanced. The Interest Income Advanced grid allows entry for
items such as a bank account number, foreign taxes paid, investment
expenses, and withholdings. We want to enter the account number so
click the Interest Income Advanced grid to enter Richard’s interest.
B Enter the following information:
Note
Richard received a Form 1099-INT from Barnes Bank (account
number 5678877) with interest income of $274.
Richard and Stephanie received a Form 1099-INT from California
Union Bank (account number 11234) with $303 of interest income. This interest was earned while the Jones family lived in California,
so enter CA in the State column.
The state defaults to the state entered on the federal General Information
screen.
C Click the Close button. This will return you to the Schedule B - Interest
and Ordinary Dividends input screen.
Dividends
AThe Schedule B - Interest and Ordinary Dividends input screen also has
a Basic grid and an Advanced grid for dividends. For the information
provided, the Basic grid is sufficient, so click on the Dividend Income
Basic grid to enter the following 1099-DIV information.
The Jones received a Form 1099-DIV from Investors Growth Fund. It showed $375 of ordinary dividends (of which all were qualified) and $225 of capital gain dividends.
B Click the Close button.
C Click the green arrow button at the left of the input form control bar to
return to the General Information screen.
We used the link on the General Information screen which took us to the
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Schedule B input screen. Alternatively, the General Information screen
has links directly to the Basic entry grids for interest and dividends. It also
has input fields if the grids are not necessary.
Step 10 – Schedule D
Richard and Stephanie sold some stock during the year. Let’s enter the capital gain/loss now.
A On the General Information screen in the Income section, click on the
Schedule D link on line 13. This will take you to the Schedule D Capital Gains and Losses input screen and will automatically open the
Schedule D Sales of Short-Term and Long-Term Capital Assets entry
grid.
B Enter the Jones’ information as follows:
They sold 100 shares of Microsoft stock. The stock was purchased on the
open market on 10-08-2004. He sold them on 7-11-2011 for $2,588. The cost
or basis was $2,230. Commissions were included.
They sold 100 shares of Yahoo stock. The stock was purchased on the open
market on 11-12-2003 and sold on 7-11-2011 for $4,074. The cost or basis
was $1,359.
Note
The state will default to the state entered on the General Information
screen. The Type column allows for handling advanced transactions such
as Wash Sales.
Note
The entry grid has a separate field for shares sold. You can preserve the
name of the company in the auto-fill library without the specific share
amounts.
Note
The program will sort all of the entries into short-term and long-term
according to the acquired and sold dates. The sorting is accomplished
when the return is processed.
C Click the Close button to return to the Schedule D - Capital Gains and
Losses screen.
Note
Note
Line 13, Capital gain distribution, carries from the dividend input. No
entry is required here if Schedule B is being used.
D Click the green arrow button at the left of the input form control bar to
return to the General Information screen.
Schedule D information was current when manual went to press.
Reference IRS documentation for any late changes.
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Step 11 – Schedule C #1
Richard owns a computer consulting business. He started the business in
California and moved it to Utah.
A On the General Information screen, click on the Schedule C link on line
12. This will take you to the Schedule C - Profit or Loss from Business
screen.
Schedule SE for self-employment tax will be generated automatically
from the Schedule C information.
Note
The two-letter state code does not need to be entered if the business is
in the same state as the taxpayer’s address on the General Information
screen. If the business relates to another state, entering the state in this
field will carry the business income/loss to that designated state.
Note
BRichard’s principal business is Computer Systems Design & Related
Services. To find this, place your cursor in the Principal business including product or service field, and click the t button to display the available options. Click the plus sign (+) in front of Professional, Scientific, &
Technical Services. Select Computer systems design & related services.
C Once you select the principal business, the business code (541510 for
this return) is automatically populated from the library.
DRichard’s business name is Jones Computer Consulting. Notice that
once you enter the business name, it carries to the multiple drop down
box at the top of the input screen.
E Richard runs his business out of his home. The address from Form 1040
will carry automatically.
F Richard uses the cash method of accounting. No entry is necessary, as
this is the default.
G Jones Computer Consulting had gross receipts of $112,742.
H Enter Richard’s expenses by clicking on the appropriate lines:
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Advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,755
Legal/professional svcs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,386
Office expense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $912
Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $422
Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,979
Meals and entertainment (limited 50%) . . . . . $1,258 (total amount)
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Enter Richard’s Cost of Goods Sold information as follows:
Richard uses the cost method to value closing inventory. No entry is
necessary because the cost method is the default method.
Beginning inventory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
Purchases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $43,429
Ending inventory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
J Enter Richard’s Miscellaneous expenses in Part V – Other Expenses:
Telephone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $821
Subscriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $322
(Enter Subscriptions in the Other Expenses grid)
Entries made in the Other Expenses simple grid are registered to the
Schedule C library. To edit this library, click the Settings menu and select
Libraries. Simple grids allow for unlimited entries. Overflow statements
will be prepared for any simple grid, if needed.
Step 12 – Detail Information
A Occasionally, you may want to provide a detail statement for an item. In
this case, we will detail three tax items on Richard’s Schedule C.
B Click the input field for line 23, Taxes and licenses.
C Press F6 to open Detail Statement.
D Enter the three tax items as follows:
State sales tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,250
Miscellaneous taxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $420
Business license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $175
EClick OK to return to the Schedule C input screen.
Note
When you move from this field, the color of the field will change, which
lets you know that it was detailed. The total amount will also appear.
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Step 13 – Depreciation
Richard has two assets that he depreciates. We will use the Asset Tracker to
help track depreciation.
A Click the Assets button on the button bar or the Depreciation link on
Schedule C, line 13 to open the Asset Tracker.
B Because no assets have been entered in this return, click the New button
to add the first asset.
1 Make sure that the Form is set to Schedule C.
2 This will open the Multiple box. Verify that it is set to 1.
3 Make sure the State is UT. The state indicator is to enhance the
automation of the sale of assets for state nonresident/part-year
returns. The default state will be the
resident state.
4 The Taxpayer, Spouse, Joint indicator drop down box is to enhance
the automation of the Married Filing Joint vs. Married Filing
Separate computation.
5 Enter the Description as Laptop Computer.
6 It was purchased on 01-01-2011.
7 The Cost was $2,832.
8 The Current 179 is $2,832.
9 The Type is Computer Systems.
10The Method should default to M5YR (for MACRS 5 Year).
C Click the New button to enter the details for the second asset.
1
Make sure the Form is set to Schedule C.
2
This will open the Multiple box. Set it to 1.
3
Enter the Description as Chevy Suburban.
4
It was purchased on 06-01-2011.
5
The Cost was $45,475.
6 The Type is 6000 to 14000 GVW SUV.
7 Richard drove 25,000 business miles.
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Because this is the first year the Suburban has been used, the
Asset Tracker will optimize between Standard Mileage Rate
(SMR) and actual expenses. Leave the choice on Optimal.
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The Method should default to M5YR.
Type is an optional entry. You can select the Type by clicking the t
button on the Type field, or start typing 6000 to 14000 GVW SUV to use
the auto-fill feature.
Note
10 Click OK to continue.
11 Click the Vehicle tab to enter the remaining actual expenses.
12 Since the Suburban is over 6,000 pounds, notice that the Options drop down box already shows 6000 to 14000 GVW Suv. This will
suppress the passenger automobile limitation.
13 Enter the following additional information:
Parking and Tolls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300
Interest Expense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,473
Gasoline and Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,266
D Click the Close button to return to the Schedule C input screen.
Step 14 – Adjustments
Richard and Stephanie have been contributing to individual retirement
accounts each year. They put the maximum deductible contribution in for
each of them. Neither of them is covered by an employer’s plan. Since
Richard is self-employed, he is eligible to deduct his insurance premiums on
Form 1040, page 1. Let’s make the appropriate entries.
A On the General Information screen, scroll down to the Adjustments
section.
B Click on line 29, Self-employed health insurance, and enter $7,280 in
the Taxpayer field.
C Click the Retirement Plans link on line 32, IRA contribution.
D Enter the number 1 on the IRA contribution line for both the Taxpayer
and Spouse fields. This allows the program to calculate the maximum
deductible IRA contribution for both Richard and Stephanie.
E Click the green arrow button at the left of the input form control bar to
return to the General Information screen.
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Step 15 – Schedule A
Before moving, Mr. and Mrs. Jones rented a home. They purchased their
first home after moving and want to see if they can itemize deductions.
All of their significant medical expenses were covered by Richard’s health
insurance policy. They also had some charitable contributions. Let’s prepare
the 1040 Schedule A to see if it is beneficial for them to itemize deductions.
A On the General Information screen, click the Schedule A link.
B Enter the following tax information on the correct lines:
• Previous year’s state income tax paid this year . . . . . . . $209
• State and local real estate taxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,171
For purposes of this tutorial, we will not evaluate the sales tax deduction.
C Richard and Stephanie paid $6,174 in interest on their mortgage for
their personal residence. It was reported on Form 1098.
D Enter the following charitable contribution information on the correct
lines:
• Cash - Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,395
• Cash - Boy Scouts of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250
• Non-Cash - Miscellaneous items . . . . . . . . . . . . (FMV) $200
Note
Entries made in the contributions simple grids are registered to the
Auto-fill Library. To edit this library, click the Settings menu and select
Libraries.
E Click the green arrow button at the left of the input form control bar to
return to the General Information screen.
Step 16 – Form 3903 Moving Expenses
After completing her degree, Stephanie accepted a job offer in Utah. The
move was not covered by Stephanie’s new employer. They are therefore
eligible to deduct certain moving expenses on Form 3903.
A In the Forms pane, click 3903 - Form 3903.
B Enter the miles from their old home to Stephanie’s new workplace: 677
miles.
C Enter the miles from their old home to Stephanie’s old workplace: 15
miles.
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Note
To see which expense qualifies for the deduction, we could access the
instructions for Form 3903 or Publication 521 (Moving Expenses) by
pressing F1 for the Form Helps. The help system has tabs for Government
Instructions and Publications relevant to the active field in the input pane.
D The Jones rented a U-Haul truck and trailer for $1,072. They also paid
$279 for boxes and moving supplies. Include these on line 1.
Note
You can use a detail statement on line 1 to indicate the two expenses, or
you can use the TaxWorks Calculator to add them together. To use the
calculator, enter 1072 on line 1 and then press the plus key (+) on the
keyboard. When the calculator opens, enter 279 and press Enter to automatically paste the result to line 1.
E They paid $129 for lodging during the move. Include this on line 2.
F They paid a total of $130 for meals on the trip. Since meals are a nondeductible expense, this amount cannot be claimed. You can use the
Notes feature of the program to explain this. On line 2, press Control +
N to select the Notes fields. Type in an appropriate explanation, such
as, “Publication 521, page 7 explains that meal expenses related to
moving cannot be deducted.”
G Click Close to exit the Notes screen.
Step 17 – State Instructions
Because Richard and Stephanie lived in California for part of the year, they
will need to file a California tax return with their federal and Utah tax returns.
A Click the State button on the button bar. It should have the Utah state
flag on it since Utah was entered as the resident state on the federal
General Information screen.
B Click the States… button located just above the Forms pane. Notice
that Utah is already entered as the resident state.
C Select CA from the drop down box as the 2nd state.
D Click the Close button to continue.
E Click the t on the state drop down box located above the Forms pane.
Select CA from the list of states.
F On the California General Information screen, check the box to
Prepare Form 540NR, Part-Year/Nonresident.
G In the Forms pane, click NRA1 - CA(NR) Pg 1.
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HOn line 3, enter UT for both the taxpayer and spouse as the New state of
residence. Enter 06-01-2011 as the Date of move for both Richard and
Stephanie.
IOn line 5, enter 151 days for both the taxpayer and the spouse.
JOn lines 7, 8, and 9, the Jones family lived in California from 01-012010 to 06-01-2011. They entered California on 01-01-2010 and left
06-01-2011.
KEnter $303 on line 8, Column E for the bank interest earned in
California.
LEnter $14,722 on line 12, Business income or (loss) in Part II, Column
E. This amount represents a portion of Richard’s profit earned in
California before moving.
M In the Forms pane, click NRA2 - CA(NR) Pg 2.
NEnter $1,040 in Column E for line 27. This is figured by taking the federal self-employment tax deduction and multiplying it by the California
self-employed income, divided by federal self-employed income. In this
case, the formula is $1,796 x ($14,722 / $25,423).
OEnter $4,216 in Column E for line 29. This is calculated by taking the
federal self-employed health insurance deduction and multiplying it by
California self-employed income, divided by the federal self-employed
income. In this case, the formula is $7,280 x ($14,722 / $25,423).
P California allows the same deduction for the IRA as the federal, so enter
$10,000 in Column E for line 32.
Q Click the t button on the state drop down box located above the Forms
pane. Select UT from the list of states.
R On the Utah General Information screen, check the box to Prepare
part-year resident return. Enter the dates of residency as 06-01-2011
to 12-31-2011.
S In the Forms pane, click B - TC-40B.
TOn line 6, Business income/loss, enter $10,701 to show the Utah portion
of Richard’s profit from Jones Computer Consulting.
UOn line 21, notice on the output form that the moving expenses are
automatically carried from Federal Form 3903.
VOn line 22, One-half of self-employment tax, enter $756 ($1,796
federal reduced by $1,040 allocated to California).
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WOn line 24, Self-employed health insurance deduction, enter $3,064
($7,280 federal reduced by $4,216 allocated to California).
XEnter $5,833 on line 27 to represent 7/12 of their IRA contributions for
the time they lived in Utah.
Step 18 – Estimated Payments Made and Estimated
Payment Vouchers
Richard is a sole proprietor and not an employee; therefore, he had no
income tax withholding. In order to avoid any possible penalty, Richard
paid $350 a quarter in federal estimated payments.
A Click the Federal button on the button bar.
B In the Forms pane, click ES - Estimates.
C Enter the following information for Richard’s federal payments:
04/15/2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $350
06/15/2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $350
09/15/2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $350
01/15/2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $350
Note
If the payments were made on the voucher dates, no entry is needed in the
Payment Date column.
Step 19 – 2012 Estimated Tax
The Jones family would like to have vouchers prepared for next year and
want to pay the estimated 2012 tax over the year even if it is more than the
required payment.
A In the 2012 Estimated Tax Worksheet section of the 1040 Federal
Estimated Tax input screen, click the 2012 Estimated Tax drop down
box. You will see seven different options for estimating the 2012 tax.
For this return, select 4 - 100% of 2012 estimated tax.
B Right below the drop down box, click the Estimated Tax Calculation
Adjustments link. This will open the 2012 Estimated Tax Calculations
Adjustments Worksheet input screen where we can make any necessary
changes for the 2012 estimated tax.
C Stephanie anticipates earning about $15,000 more in 2013 than in 2012.
Enter $15,000 in the Spouse field on line 1 of the Adjustments section of
the input screen.
D Richard expects his self-employment income to increase by $25,000 in
2012. Enter $25,000 in the Taxpayer field on line 3 of the Adjustments section of the input screen. This adjustment will increase both income tax and
self-employment tax.
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E Stephanie thinks her withholding will increase by $1,000 because of the
increase in wages. Enter $1,000 on line 19 of the Adjustments section of
the input screen. Click the green arrow to return to the 1040 Federal
Estimated Tax input screen.
F In the 2012 Vouchers section, click the Rounding drop down box and
select 3 - Round voucher amount up to the next 100. If you click Peek,
the worksheet should show appropriately rounded amounts in the Voucher
Amount column of the Voucher Amounts section of the worksheet.
Step 20 – Finishing the General Information Screen
Now, let’s go back to some of the other information found on the General
Information input screen. Click the GI - General Info form in the Forms pane.
Type of Return and Referral
AThe Client referred by field is used to track advertising effectiveness.
You can make any entry that you choose in this field. It will remember previous entries and use the auto-fill feature to help save time if
the same entry is required on a later return. Mr. and Mrs. Jones saw an
advertisement in the Yellow Pages.
BThe Return filed as field is used to indicate, from the outset of the
return, what type of return you expect to file for the taxpayer. Audits
will be generated to warn you if inconsistencies are found in the data
entered and the type of return requested. Richard and Stephanie are
expecting a refund and would like to have it directly deposited into their
checking account. They are not interested in filing electronically at this
point. Select Paper DD as the return type located under Return filed as.
CThe Appointment fields are for your information only; they will not
print anywhere on the return. You will be able to use these fields to help
create a custom report in Client Management. The Jones’ appointment
was February 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm. The appointment lasted 60
minutes.
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Direct Deposit Information
Mr. and Mrs. Jones would like their tax refund deposited directly into their
checking account. They also would like to have the IRS contact you with
any questions on the tax return.
A Scroll down to the Electronic Filing and Direct Deposit Information
section. Click the Direct Deposit and Electronic Funds Withdrawal
grid. Enter the following information on the US row (top row) in the
respective grid columns:
Financial Institution Name . . . . . . . . . . Barnes Bank
Routing Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123456780
Deposit Account number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5678877
Account Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Checking
DD/EFW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DD
BClick Close to return to the General Information screen.
C Check the Preparer is third party designee box.
Note
If you would like to have this checkbox defaulted on all of the returns you
prepare, press Ctrl + D after making the entry. This will set the default.
To remove the default, remove the entry and press Ctrl + D in the empty
field, or delete it from the Defaults option under the Utilities menu.
Step 21 – Custom Letters
Before reviewing and printing the return, we want to select some letter
options that fit our needs for this client. For the Jones family we will want
to select two additional sections to add to the template Custom Letter.
A In the Forms pane, click LTR - Instr Ltr to open the Letters input
screen. To create or edit Custom Letters, click the link below the
Custom Letters heading to open the Custom Letters utility.
B On the left-hand side, you can navigate among the various Custom
Letters. To preview the Federal Paper Filing Custom Letter template,
expand the following sections (i.e., the folder icons): Federal, Paper
Filing, and then Template. Once Template has been expanded, you will
see a list of possible sections that will be put into the letter based on
return information. For instance, if the return shows a balance due, one
of the tax due sections will show rather than a refund section.
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C In addition to this template, we want to communicate two other items
to the Jones family. To preview these items, expand the Extra Sections
folder. You will see a New Section and three defined sections. We want
to include the Charitable Contributions > $250 and Other Services
Provided sections. Click on each to preview their content.
D Now that we have previewed these custom items, let’s select them to
print. Click OK in the lower right corner of the Custom Letters utility. This will return you to the Letters input screen. Check the Print
Custom Letter box. Make sure that TEMPLATE is visible in the drop
down box for Federal Paper Filing. In the Federal Extra Sections,
select the Charitable Contribution > $250 and Other Services
Provided sections in two of the three drop down boxes (you can have
up to three selected).
Note
The extra sections will only be included in the federal letters before the
Closing section.
E We also want to include a separate privacy letter. Select PRIVACY from
the first Other Letters drop down box (you can have up to three selected).
The Custom Letters utility allows for adding letters and sections. Once a
letter/section is added, it can be selected on the Letters input screen. (If
you open the Custom Letters utility from the Letters input screen and add
letters/sections, you will need to move from the Letters input screen and
then return to it before the new letters/sections will be available to select.)
F Now that we have made our Custom Letter choices, we are ready to
review the return.
Step 22 – Review
A Click the Review button on the button bar.
BThe Audit Statements screen will appear. These are concerns that have
come to the program’s attention while the return was processing. When
possible, suggestions to resolve these concerns are given. If available,
click the Fix Now link in the Go column to resolve these situations.
If any red audits appear, they must be corrected before you will be
allowed to e-file the return.
C Click the Fix Now link to correct one of the red audits for the US thirdparty designee.
D This will take you directly to the Third Party Designee section on the
Form 1040, page 2 input screen.
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E Enter the following information:
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Name: Your Name
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Phone number: Your phone number
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Personal ID number: 12345
F Click the Review button again. The remaining audits are meant to make
you aware of various items within the return, but for this tutorial, we do
not need to make any further changes.
Step 23 – Create E-file
In Review mode, you can create the e-file and prepare it to send to
the IRS and/or state agency. The Create E-File(s) button appears
above the list of forms if all red audits have been cleared. Since we
created this return in the Samples folder, you can click the Create
E-File(s) button and then access the EF Center via the EF Ctr button
on the button bar. For step-by-step instructions on creating the e-file
and transmitting the return, refer to Filing Returns Electronically.
Caution: If returns created in Client Selection folders other than
the Samples folder are electronically filed, they are considered live
returns and will be sent to the IRS/state agency. Take care when clicking the Create E-File(s) button to ensure that live data does not get
transmitted when testing and exploring the e-file process.
Step 24 – Printing the Return
Let’s print the paper filing copies of the federal and state returns and
save a PDF copy to your hard drive. To accomplish this, we will utilize the Advanced Form Delivery.
AFrom Review mode, click on the Adv. button in the output pane. The
Advanced Form Delivery window has options for paper printing and
saving.
B In the Print box, select All Government Paper Filing Sets from the
first drop down box. All Government Paper Filing Sets will print both
federal and state returns.
C In the Save box, select the Preparer File Set in the Set drop down box.
Click the browse button to the right of the Path field to select a destination for the saved return (in this case, select the Desktop). Once you
have chosen a Set and a Path, the Filename field will be automatically
populated, but it can be changed to anything you would like. We will
leave the default name for this return.
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D Now that our delivery choices are made, click Start Job at the bottom
of the screen. A status window will appear and the delivery methods will
proceed.
E Please verify that the methods of delivery were successful (check the
printed copy and the saved copy).
Step 25 – Exiting the Return
When the Advanced Form Delivery is complete, use the following steps to
exit.
A Click the Clients button located on the button bar. This will return you
to the Client Selection screen.
B Or, click the Close button on the button bar. This will close the client.
You can then exit the program by selecting Exit from the File menu.
Congratulations!
You have just completed the 1040 Sample Return.
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Enhancing Your
Performance
The software provides many tools that will help enhance your tax preparation. We know that in today’s busy world, time is of utmost importance. We
have included tools that will save you time without compromising your final
product.
Control Data
Control Data is an area of the program that contains many system controls
including license information, drive selection, and switches. Control Data is
found under the Settings menu.
Note
The Firm and Access information are completed during the initial configuration process.
nFirm – There are four key fields that are required in your Firm Data:
Account Number, Charge Number, Serial Number, and Street Address.
They must be entered exactly as shown on your License Notice. These
fields should already contain data entered during the installation process. Enter other applicable information in the non-key fields (fields not
highlighted in blue).
Note
The Firm Telephone field will accept alpha characters (e.g., 1-800-TAXPREP).
nAccess – Displays the systems and associated states for which you have
complete access.
nPaths – This tab indicates the drives to be used for saving, backing up,
installing, and archiving data. All options can be altered, except the
Install Path. To change this path, you must uninstall and reinstall the
program. To change the User ID set during the installation, reenter it
here. The “keep for” box, next to the Auto Backup Path field, indicates
how many days the auto backup will store your client data.
nSwitches – This tab contains program-related functions that affect several areas of the program. Tag the items you want to activate. This will
default the selected function throughout all systems.
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nStartup – This tab allows you to select your preference when opening
the program. You have the option of opening the program to the Client
Selection screen or opening the program in idle mode. You can also
select to have the program check for alerts upon first opening the
program.
nSuppress – This tab contains several items that can be disabled. Tag the
items to activate the related Suppress feature.
nForms – This tab contains options relating to specific forms and schedules. Tag the items to activate the related feature.
nAudits – This tab contains options that relate to audits generated by the
program. Tag the items to activate the related audit features.
nMouse – This tab allows you to adjust the mouse input/output control
speed.
Note
Many of the Control tabs are user-specific.
Click the tabs to access the various
Control Data functions.
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Proforma Clients from 2010 to 2011
Note
Beginning in 2011, what was previously referred to as Updating Clients,
will now be referred to as Proforma Clients.
To simplify your tax practice procedures, we have provided a Proforma
feature. This option will carry client information from the 2010 program to
2011, eliminating reentry of limited data. The 2010 data will remain intact
for use in the 2010 program.
1Click Clients on the button bar to open the Client Selection screen.
Select the Data Path Name and Folder where the 2011 clients will be
stored.
2 Click the Proforma button. A Proforma/Organizer screen will appear.
Read and click OK. Select the Data Path Name and Folder location of
the 2010 clients.
3 After locating the 2010 files, click Utilities and select Options. Tag the
items you want included in the update process and click OK.
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Note
Note
The Proforma feature has the same sorting capabilities as Client Selection.
See the Client Selection Screen section.
If applicable, K-1s will be logged during the update process.
4 Tag the 2010 clients you want to update, and click the Proforma
button. A progress bar will indicate the update progression. Click Close
when the process is complete.
Updating System Files
Some of the information you entered in the 2010 program is applicable for
the 2011 program. You can update the Employer Library, Preparer Data,
Custom Letters, Libraries, Invoice and Discount Library, Defaults, Custom
Slip Sheets, RTN Library, Distribution Sets, and Custom Statuses. This will
save reentry of data.
Note
This process may also be accomplished during the initial configuration.
1 Click the File menu, and select System Updates.
2 Tag the system settings you want to update.
3 Verify the data path where the 2010 program is located.
4Click Update. The 2010 settings will be updated into the 2011 program.
Click Close when the update is complete.
Note
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You must be able to access the 2010 program drive to perform System
Updates.
Client Selection Screen
The Client Selection screen gives you flexibility when managing your
client files. It also gives you many choices when customizing your workspace. Determine how you would like to organize, sort, and find your client
files. Customize the information displayed on the Client Selection screen.
You can also define any path for your client files, including UNC paths.
Note
UNC stands for Universal Naming Convention. This allows you to specify
network file paths without using drive mappings.
Getting Started
Click the Clients button on the button bar or click the File menu and select
Clients. This will open the Client Selection screen.
Client files are divided by system. Click on any of the system tabs to view
clients for the system selected. Files are further organized by data paths and
folders. Use the Data Path Name drop down box to view the clients in each
data path. Within each data path, you can create folders to further organize
your clients. For information about creating or changing data paths, reference the Data Paths section.
The Find by option gives you a quick way to search for clients. We will discuss other search options later.
Note
Note
The Find by feature searches based on the column header selected.
Right clicking on a client will display a menu noting some of the most
common actions including Quick EF Lookup and opening a state return.
Navigating Client Selection
Button Bar
n EF Center – Opens the E-File Center.
nNew (Alt + N) – Creates a new client file. Enter the information on this
screen and it will carry to the General Information screen.
Note
When entering a new client in the Samples directory a warning will
appear prompting if you want to continue.
nOpen (Alt + O) – Opens an existing client. Tag the client and click
Open to open the client file in Input mode.
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nSTaR – Simple Tax Return Wizard that allows you to quickly enter client
information. Screens are intuitive and will proceed based on data entered.
nReview (Alt + W) – Processes the client return for completion.
Reviewing the return will bring up any audits and generates client letters.
Press (Ctrl + W) to review the return without audits.
n Copy (Alt + C) – Copies the client file from one path or folder to
another. This is especially helpful if you have saved clients to a disk or
other removable device.
n Delete (Alt + D) – Deletes the client file from the Client Selection
screen and places them in the Client Selection Recycle Bin.
n Move (Alt + M) – Moves the client file to another path or folder location.
n EF Status (Ctrl + F5) – Updates the E-File and Bank columns in Client
Selection with the status for each e-filed and bank return. Reference the
Filing Returns Electronically section.
Note
To quickly view EF/Bank Summary information for a client, right click
on a client in Client Selection and select Quick EF Lookup. Verify SSN
and click OK.
n PUPs (Alt+ G) – Allows you to select additional states for per unit
processing.
n Download – Downloads client files that have been previously uploaded to
another office or account bin. You must enter the filename assigned to the
return in order to download it. Reference the Download Clients section.
n Upload – Uploads one or more client files to Technical Support or to
another office or account bin. Reference the Upload Clients section.
n Proforma (Alt + P) – Updates prior year client files to the current year.
Reference the Proforma Clients section.
Note
To perform an action on a client, you must first tag at least one client.
Menus
n File
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New Client (Alt + N) – Creates a new client file. Enter the information on this screen and it will carry to the General Information screen.
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Open Client (Alt + O) – Opens an existing client. Tag the client
and click Open Client to open the client file in Input mode.
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Import – Imports a client file from another location. Click the File
menu and select Import. Browse to the location of the file to be
imported and click Open.
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Export Client(s) – Exports client files to another location or portable storage device. Tag the client file(s) to be exported and click the
File menu. Select Export. Browse to the location where you want
to save the files. Click Save.
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Export (Alt + X) – Exports client files within a system. Choose the
system tab you would like exported. Click Export.
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Close (ESC) – Closes the Client Selection screen and returns you to
Idle mode.
n Edit
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Copy (Alt + C) – Copies client files from one path or folder to
another. This is especially helpful if you have saved clients to a disk
or other removable device.
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Delete (Alt + D) – Deletes the client file from the Client Selection
screen and places them in the Client Selection Recycle Bin.
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Move (Alt + M) – Moves the client file to another path or folder
location.
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Renumber (Alt + B) – Reassigns the tagged client(s) with a new
client number that you choose.
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Data Paths (Alt + S) – Allows you to add, edit, or delete data paths.
Reference the Data Paths section.
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New Folder (Alt + L) – Allows you to add new folders to the Data
Path selected. When you create a new folder, Client Selection will
automatically switch to that folder.
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Delete Folder – Deletes the folder currently open.
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Recycle Bin (Alt + Y) – Stores deleted client files. After deleting a
client file, you can either restore it or delete it from the Recycle Bin.
Deleting from the Recycle Bin permanently deletes a file.
n View
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Review (Alt + W) – Processes the client return for completion.
Reviewing the return will bring up any audits and generates client
letters.
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Review Without Audits (Ctrl + W) – Reviews return and bypasses
presentation of audits.
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Refresh EF Status (Ctrl + F5) – Updates the E-File and Bank
columns in Client Selection with the status of each e-filed and bank
return. Reference the Filing Returns Electronically section.
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Refresh (F5) – Refreshes the Client Selection screen. This is
helpful if you are making many changes to client files.
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Use Captions on Buttons – Hides/shows the captions on the button
bar across the top of the Client Selection screen.
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Open EF Center – Opens the E-File Center.
n Utilities
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Organizers (Alt + Z) – Organizes data and helps you communicate
with your clients. Reference the Organizers section.
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Proforma Clients (Alt + P) – Updates prior year client files to the
current year. Reference the Proforma Clients section.
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Batch Process (Alt + A) – Processes multiple client files at the
same time. Click the Utilities menu and select Batch Process.
Select the desired action from the drop down menu and click
Process. Reference the Batch Processing section.
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Rebuild Clients (Alt + R) – Refreshes the database listing for the
clients on the Client Selection screen. This feature is usually used
only when directed by technical support.
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States & Pups (Alt + G) – Allows you to select additional states
for per unit processing. Reference the Per Unit Processing (PUP)
Codes section.
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Upload Clients – Uploads one or more client files to Technical
Support or to another office or account bin. Reference the Upload
Clients section.
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Download Clients – Downloads client files that have been previously uploaded to another office or account bin. You must enter the
filename assigned to the return in order to download it. Reference the
Download Clients section.
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Status Dialog – Allows you to update the status or make a comment
on a client’s return.
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Set Status for Group – Changes status for one or more clients. Tag
one or more clients, click the Utilities menu and select Set Status
for Group. Choose a status from the drop down menu and click
Assign.
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Hide/Show Columns (Alt + K) – Hides/shows columns on the Client
Selection screen. Choose which columns you would like to view.
Highlight a column and click Move Up or Move Down to arrange
the order of the columns displayed.
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Custom Sort (Alt + T) – Sorts clients according to specific information. Click the Utilities menu and select Custom Sort. Choose which
column to sort, then select the properties by which you would like to
sort.
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Install Sample Returns – Installs several sample returns to the
Samples folder for you to reference.
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Lock/Unlock Return – Lock and unlock specific returns so no
change can be made.
n Help
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Program Helps (Ctrl + F1) – Displays program helps.
General Information Screen
The General Information screen is where you will start most of your data
entry. It contains personal information about the client, such as name, SSN,
marital status, etc. We have provided links to other forms as well as input
fields for some of the more common entries.
Click Clients on the button bar. Tag the client you want to open and click
Open.
There are four General Information screen options:
n Advanced – For complex returns.
n Lite – For the majority of your returns.
n EZ – For clients who qualify for Form 1040EZ.
n Español – For Spanish speaking clients and preparers.
Within the General Information screen, you can link to a form instead of
using the Forms pane by clicking on the highlighted underlined form name.
The program will link to the form selected. Make any applicable form
entries. When you are finished, click the green arrow button on the input
form control bar to return to the General Information screen.
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When entering new clients, the General Information screen will default to
the screen option of the previous return you were preparing. When opening
an existing client, the General Information screen will default to the screen
option you were working on when you closed the return.
After working in a linked
form, click the green arrow
button to return to the
General Information screen.
Select the desired General
Information screen option.
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Simple Tax Return Wizard (STaR)
The Simple Tax Return Wizard (STaR) allows you to quickly enter simple
1040 returns by working through an input wizard. The feature assists in
reducing errors and keystrokes, and the entire return can be prepared using
only the keyboard. A list of the keyboard short cuts can be found at the end
of this section.
When starting a new client or opening an existing client, STaR is on by
default. If you would like to turn STaR off and use the standard new client
screen, select the Settings menu, Control Data, and click the Switches tab.
Uncheck Use STaR Wizard as default.
Check the box to set the STaR
Wizard as your default input
screen.
If you uncheck ‘Use STaR Wizard as default’, the Standard new client
screen will appear. With the STaR Wizard off you will see the screen below
when opening an existing client or starting a new client.
Click to toggle between the
Input Forms and STaR Wizard
input screens.
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Click Jump to STaR Wizard at the bottom of the screen to toggle between
the Standard and STaR Wizard input screens.
If STaR is checked as your default method, your tax preparation experience
will begin as follows:
Click the New client button.
The following STaR Wizard screen will appear.
Note
Beige colored fields indicate a required entry. They must contain data in
order to proceed to the next screen.
Click to toggle between
Spanish and English input
screens.
Click to toggle between the
Input Forms and STaR input
screens.
Enter the Taxpayer’s Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer
Identification Number (ITIN).
If the taxpayer doesn’t have one of these numbers, select Ctrl-A and the
word Applied appears in the SSN field. You can help the taxpayer apply
for an ITIN by filling out a Form W-7. The Form W-7 can be found in the
list of input forms available in the software and can be accessed through the
Standard input screens. You cannot electronically file the return without a
valid SSN or ITIN, however, you can still use STaR to prepare the majority
of the tax return.
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Assuming the taxpayer has a SSN or ITIN, enter the nine digit number in the
SSN field. After entering the number, the number will be hidden (masked).
You will be prompted to Re-key SSN. Rekey the SSN and if the second
number differs, you will be prompted to correct the number or ‘Start Over’.
If you choose to start over, click Start Over to clear the previous entries.
You can then re-enter the SSNs. This will increase the accuracy of the tax
return.
After typing the same SSN or ITIN in both entry boxes, you can proceed to
the next screen by hitting ENTER on the keyboard.
If the client SSN matches one that already exists in the database, the following screen will appear.
You may continue with the data entered previously by clicking OK.
If you move the radio button to ‘Create a new client file, a new instance of
the client file will be opened with the same SSN or ITIN. If you select this
option, duplicate clients will exist in client selection with the same SSN. If
you want to delete one of the client files, reference ‘delete a client file’.
If the ‘Client File Exists’ screen does not appear, you will proceed to the
next screen.
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Consents Screen
When the Consents Screen first opens the boxes will not be checked. To
quickly check all the boxes indicating the taxpayer has received and consented to disclose their tax return information and also allow you to use
this information to offer the settlement products and/or a debit card, hit the
SPACE BAR one time.
To uncheck one box, use the Shift-Tab keys to move you back through the
boxes. After arriving at the box you wish to uncheck, hit the SPACE BAR
one time and the check mark will be removed. After marking all desired
consent boxes hit the ENTER key to proceed to the next screen.
Note
Use the PgUp key to go back to the previous screen. Use the PgDn key
to proceed to the next screen. The BACK and NEXT keys can be used
for the same purpose. Use the Ctrl+J key to toggle between the STaR and
Standard Input screens.
Personal Information Screen
The Personal Information screen is used to enter filing status information.
The Preparer Number allows you to identify which preparer is responsible
for the preparation of the return. This number coincides with information
entered in Settings, Preparers.
The number keys can be used to enter the Filing Status of the Taxpayer.
Type ‘1’ for Single, ‘2’ for Married Filing Joint, ‘3’ for Married Filing
Separate, ‘4’ for Head of Household, and ‘5’ for Qualifying Widow(er).
After selecting the correct filing status, use the Tab key to advance to the
next required field. The screen changes dynamically based on the filing status selected. The screen for our example is for the Single filing status. Note
that no fields are displayed for Spouse entries. The following screen would
appear if you hit ‘2’ for ‘Married Filing Joint’.
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Click to jump to a desired
screen.
As you advance through the fields, note that the Spouse’s last name will
auto-fill the same as the Taxpayer’s last name. If the Spouse has a different
last name on his or her SSN or ITIN card, you will need to over-write the
field by typing the correct last name.
Note
When electronically filing, the SSNs and last names of the Taxpayer,
Spouse and Dependents must match exactly what is on record with the
Social Security Administration. Verifying this information now will save
valuable time in the later e-file process.
When entering the birthday of the Taxpayer and the Spouse, you can enter
the month and day and only the last two numbers of the birth year. The four
digit year will automatically appear which will minimize keystrokes. You do
not have to enter dashes.
Phone numbers are required entry fields as they are required when requesting bank products.
After entering the zip code, a drop-down will appear with a selection of city
names. Use the up and down arrows or hit Enter to select the appropriate
city.
After completing all entries on the screen, hit TAB or ENTER to proceed to
the next screen or required entry field.
Note
At the top of each screen are ‘breadcrumbs’. This will help guide you
through the STaR Wizard and display your progress. If the associated
screen is complete, the word will appear in green. If you forget to complete a field on one of the screens, the word will appear in red. If there are
incomplete fields, red audits will be created when you Review the return,
preventing you from electronically filing the return.
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Dependents Screen
When this screen opens the Dependent’s last name will be auto-filled. You
will need to over-write this if it differs from that of the Taxpayer.
When you tab to the Relationship entry box, a drop down box showing a
list of relationships will appear. Select the desired relationship description by
entering the ‘first letter’ of the relationship desired. For example, type ‘S’ for
Son or ‘D’ for Daughter.
The Months field is used to indicate the number of months the dependent
lived in the home with the Taxpayer. This field will accept the numbers 0
thru 12, also the alpha numeric characters of CN to indicate the dependent is
living in Canada, and MX to indicate the dependent is living in Mexico.
The Status box defaults to 0-Claimed. There are ten (10) status selections
available. Select a status by typing the number of that status.
If the dependent is Ineligible for CTC (child tax credit), hit the SPACE
BAR to check the box.
If Childcare Expenses have been paid on behalf of the dependent, enter
the total expenses. If childcare expenses are entered, additional fields will
appear requesting child care provider information.
Within the Dependent Grid at the top of the screen, use the F11 and F12
keys to move up and down to select a dependent you wish to Edit or Delete.
To select the dependent for editing, hit the F10 key. Highlight the dependent
you wish to select and hit the Edit key to change previously entered dependent information. Click the CLEAR button or Alt-C keys to clear the data
for a specific dependent you are entering information for if wish to begin
data entry again. Click the SAVE button or Alt-S keys to save the dependent
information.
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After the dependent information has been entered hit ENTER or Alt-N to
proceed to the next screen.
Dependent EIC Due Diligence Screen
Hit Tab to move to the next required field on the Dependent EIC Due
Diligence screen.
To answer the questions on each dependent, use the ‘Y’ or ‘N’ keys. You can
also use the mouse to navigate through the drop down. If the answers to the
EIC Due Diligence questions do not meet the IRS requirements, the dependent will not qualify for EIC (Earned Income Credit). The word ‘No’ will
appear in the ‘Claim EIC’ column. If responses to the due diligence questions meet the IRS requirements, the word ‘Yes’ will appear in the ‘Claim
EIC’ column.
The dependents will appear in the grid in ascending age order from youngest to oldest. To navigate in the grid, use the F11 and F12 keys to select
dependents. To return to the due diligence questions for a particular dependent, highlight the correct dependent by using the F11 or F12 keys and edit
the desired answer. If a dependent passes the due diligence questions, but
the taxpayer chooses not to claim the dependent for EIC purposes, simply
click the ‘Do not Claim EIC’ button in the Dependent List at the top of the
screen for the applicable dependent.
After three (3) dependents have passed the EIC due diligence questions
and the taxpayer has decided to claim them for EIC purposes, if the word
‘Yes’ appears three times in the ‘Claim EIC’ column you will no longer be
prompted to answer EIC due diligence questions for any further dependents
as this is the maximum number of dependents allowed for EIC in 2010.
Hit Alt-N to proceed to the next screen when all entries are complete. Hit
Alt-S to save your entries.
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Taxpayer EIC Due Diligence Screen
The Taxpayer EIC Due Diligence questions can be answered quickly using
‘Y’ for yes and ‘N’ for no. Date information fields will auto-fill with
today’s date with one stroke of the letter ‘T’.
W-2 – Wage and Tax Information Screen
Locality name
options.
The W-2 – Wage and Tax Information Screen appears next. If the tax return
is for a single Taxpayer, the Taxpayer’s SSN or ITIN will auto-fill, along
with the address that was entered in the filing information.
Use the F11 and F12 keys to navigate within the W-2 List grid after more
than one W-2 has been entered. Use the F10 key to select a W-2 for editing.
When wages are entered in box 1 of the W-2 Screen, boxes 3, 4, 5 and 6 will
auto-calculate. If you need to re-enter the wages in box 1, hit ReCalc and
boxes 3, 4, 5 and 6 will auto-calculate again based on the entry made in box 1.
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After an Employer and EIN are entered once, this information will be saved
to an Employer Library database. Later, if you enter another W-2 with the
same EIN, the address and employer name will auto-fill saving time and
keystrokes.
For any state with localities, the Locality name drop-down box will display
the related locality options.
Use the F3 key to scroll up the W-2 Screen and F4 to scroll down. You can
also use the mouse to scroll up and down the W-2 Screen.
If a client was updated from last year, the W-2’s will show in the grid ready
for entry of wages for the current tax year. If the taxpayer’s employer has
changed and you would like to clear the grid, click Remove all.
After entering all W-2’s for the Taxpayer and Spouse, hit Alt-N.
Filing Information Screen
The Filing Information screen will appear. The screen is divided into three
sections: Electronic Filing and PIN, Financial Products, and Income or
Deductions.
Click here to select bank
products.
Click here to return to
Income or Deductions page.
Electronic Filing and Pin
You will need to enter the Preparer PIN and the Taxpayer and Spouse’s
five digit PIN (Personal Identification Number). If the taxpayer and spouse
entered the PIN, tab to the Taxpayer/Spouse entered PIN box and hit the
SPACE BAR. This will check the box. If you entered the PIN’s do not
check this box. The Signature Date can be auto-filled with today’s date by
hitting the ‘T’ key.
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Financial Products
To enter financial product information select the Click here to fill out
financial products link.
Note
If you have not completed the bank enrollment process, please reference
Financial Product Enrollment section.
Because each Financial Partner’s Bank application varies, reference the
Helps, at the bottom of the Financial Product screen, within the software for
details.
Income or Deductions
Selecting the Click here to show the Income or Deductions page link will
return you to the related list, allowing you to select and access the desired
input screen.
Arrow down to desired form
and press Enter to access.
You will see a list of examples of additional income and deduction items
that the Taxpayer may have requiring you to access the Standard input
screens where other forms can be selected and tax information entered.
Press the arrow keys to scroll through the list. Press Enter on the desired
form to access the related Standard input screen.
Click the green arrow to
return to the Income or
Deductions page of the STaR
Wizard.
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Click the green arrow to return to the Income or Deductions page of the
STaR Wizard.
Note
If after leaving STaR Wizard you wish to return, click the STaR button.
After all entries are complete, hit the Alt-R keys or select Review. You will
be launched out of the STaR Wizard and into Standard screens where you
will be able to e-file or paper file the return.
Audit Diagnostics
A list of audits may appear.
All RED audits must be resolved before the return can be electronically
filed. Additional information may be required before the return can be
e-filed. This will be indicated in the Audit Diagnostic Statements.
Shortcut Keys
Following are shortcut keys mentioned throughout the document or displayed on the STaR Wizard screens.
Breadcrumb – Click desired topic at top of screen to access the related
wizard screen.
Jump to Input Forms – Click to exit StaR and jump to the Standard input
screens and other tax forms.
STaR en Español – Displays the STaR Wizard in Spanish.
Hot Keys – Displays a screen listing all of the Hot Keys.
? – Opens program helps.
Exit – Exits the STaR Wizard.
Back – Returns you to the previous screen.
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Next – Click to advance to the next input screen.
Keys noted in the following chart allow you to perform all entries using the
keyboard versus the keyboard and mouse.
STaR Hot Keys
Enter Key
Functionality within the STaR Wizard
Select Next Required Entry
Tab Key
Select Next Field
Spacebar
Toggle Checkbox Selection
Page Up
Navigate to Previous Screen
Page Down
Navigate to Next Screen
F1
Opens the Helps
F2
Selects next required entry
F3
Form W2 scroll up
F4
Form W2 scroll down
F10 Selects highlighted item from grid list
F11
Scrolls up a grid list
F12
Scrolls a grid list down
T
Inserts today’s date in a signature date field
Alt-B
Navigate to Previous Screen
Alt-N
Navigate to Next Screen
Ctrl-H
Access Hot Keys Summary
Ctrl-J
Jump to forms input
Allows entry of Alpha Numeric characters in SSN field
Ctrl-Y
(i.e. Applied)
Review and launch audit diagnostics from filing information
Alt-R
screen
Alt-E
Exit STaR Wizard
EscExit STaR Wizard
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Married Filing Separate
The software has the ability to produce a Married Filing Separate return for
both the taxpayer and spouse in addition to the Married Filing Joint return.
A Married Filing Joint vs. Married Filing Separate Worksheet can also be
produced to determine which filing status is more beneficial before you
choose to split the returns.
State returns will be produced to agree with the federal filing status. All
state entries made on the Married Filing Joint return will be allocated 100%
to the taxpayer’s state Married Filing Separate return, with the exception
of Ohio. The Ohio state system has the ability to allocate state entries. This
enhancement will be in other state systems in future years.
Audits, Helps, and popups provide information relating to the split process.
Following are the steps to allocate items of income/deduction between
taxpayer, spouse, or 50/50 joint and to split a Married Filing Joint return
through designated inputs; the Married Filing Separate Worksheet; and/or
Utilities, Split Return.
Designated Inputs
Inputs on the MFJ return can be designated as taxpayer (T), spouse (S), or
50/50 joint (J). This is accomplished by using several types of input entries
applicable to the form or schedule:
n Screen inputs – for fields having separate input fields for taxpayer and
spouse.
n Grids – column to indicate ownership.
n Detail statements – column to indicate ownership.
The state can be indicated on many forms through detail statements.
Generally, input screens that already contain fields for the two-letter state
code, such as Schedules C and E, will not have a state column in the detail
statement grid.
A We will allocate an amount to the taxpayer and spouse using Detail
Statements and the T/S/J column. We will also allocate 100% of an
amount using the right click feature. Create a new client with a filing
status of MFJ on the Client Selection screen. Indicate a taxpayer and a
spouse.
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1 Click the Federal button on the button bar.
2 In the Forms pane, click 1 - 1040 Pg 1.
3 Double click on the line 17 input field to open the Detail Statement
grid.
4Enter Rental Property 1 in the Description column, Taxpayer in
the T/S/J column, and $3,000 in the Amount column.
5Press Enter to access line 2 of the Detail Statement.
6Enter Rental Property 2 in the Description column, Spouse in the
T/S/J column, and $1,000 in the Amount column.
7Click OK.
8 Double click on line 18 to open the Detail Statement grid..
9Enter Farm income in the Description column, Spouse in the T/S/2
column and $500 in the Amount column.
10Click OK.
B Now we will generate the Married Filing Joint vs. Married Filing
Separate Worksheet to determine if splitting the return is beneficial to
the client. If you do not want to generate the Married Filing Joint vs.
Married Filing Separate Worksheet before splitting the return, click the
Utilities menu, and select Split Return (unspecified items to be allocated 50/50 joint). Dialog windows will appear as indicated below.
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Married Filing Joint vs. Married Filing Separate Worksheet
A A Married Filing Joint vs. Married Filing Separate Worksheet drop
down box is available in the Advanced option mode of the General
Information input screen under the Filing Status section. (If input entries
were not designated as taxpayer, spouse, or 50/50 joint, then the worksheet can still be generated based on the options provided in the drop
down box.)
Note
The Married Filing Separate Worksheet includes all aspects of Form 1040:
exemptions, income, adjustments, deductions, credits, other taxes, payments, and the refund or amount due.
•
Generate MFJ vs. MFS Worksheet (allocate unspecified amts 50/50
joint).
•
Generate MFJ vs. MFS Worksheet (allocate unspecified amts 100%
to Taxpayer).
•
MFS Worksheet not selected.
1 After making your selection, review the return by clicking the
Review button on the button bar.
2 Review the MFS Worksheet.
3 Click the Split Return button. A dialog window will appear, providing additional information.
4Click OK to split the return.
5 Another dialog window will note how to view the two MFS returns.
Click OK.
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6 A final dialog window will appear indicating the forms, schedules,
and input screens being split. Review the dialog, and click Close.
7Click Clients on the button bar and open the MFS - Spouse return.
8 In the Forms pane, click 1 - 1040 Pg 1. Verify that line 17 shows
$1,000 and line 18 shows $500.
This feature should be a great time saver!
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Data Paths
The program gives you flexibility in storing client files. Instead of limiting
you to a drive letter, you can define any path for your client files, including
UNC paths.
Note
UNC stands for Universal Naming Convention. This allows you to specify
network file paths without using drive mappings.
The storage location is called a Data Path Name. A default Data Path Name
has been set. If you prefer to select your own path(s), open the Client
Selection screen. Click the Data Path Name drop down box and select a
data path. If you want to add or edit a data path, click the Edit menu and
select Data Paths, or press Alt + S. From this screen you can add, edit, or
delete data paths.
Organizers
Organizers are a great way to communicate with your clients. They alert the
client of information to review and bring to the tax interview. Organizers
can be accessed from the Client Selection screen under the Utilities menu.
We have also included an option for a blank organizer on the Organizer
Options screen.
1Click Clients on the button bar.
2 Click the Utilities menu and select Organizers. Read the Proforma/
Organizer Information note and click OK. Verify that last year’s data
path name and folder are correct.
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The program will auto detect data paths set up in the 2010 software.
Note
Tag clients.
Select last year’s data
path.
Select last year’s
folder.
3 Click the Utilities menu and select Options. Select the desired
Organizer options and click OK.
Select the slip sheet format.
Select the type of organizer.
Check to print organizers
for clients with the Organizer
option selected in 2010.
Select the desired Cover Letter
format.
Select to view blank organizer
options.
Click to force or suppress
specific forms.
Option to print the SSN.
Check to print organizers in
duplex format (both sides).
Select the type of Privacy
Notice.
4 Tag the clients you would like to prepare organizers for.
5 Select the corresponding button to preview, save, or print organizers.
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Note
You do not need to update prior year clients in order to print Organizers.
From the 2011 Client Selection screen, select the Utilities menu and then
Organizers. The program will access your 2010 client list.
Note
To customize the cover letter and questionnaire for the Organizer,
reference the Instruction Letters, Custom Letters section.
Security
Security has been designed to limit access to client information.
Implementation of the Security feature in your practice is optional, but highly recommended. You can create secure folders that can only be accessed
with a password. You can also restrict access to other areas of the program.
Security Setup
1 To set up Security, click the Workbench menu, and select Security.
Check the Enable Security box.
2 Enter a Master Password consisting of 6 to 20 characters. The password is case sensitive. Re-enter the password to verify it was entered
correctly.
3 Select a question from the drop down box. Provide the answer to your
question. This question allows you to open the program if you forget
your password.
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Security Protect
1 Click the Protect tab.
2 Tag the items within the program which you want to protect and limit
access to. The Master Password is required when accessing areas
tagged for protection.
Security Login
1 Click the Login tab.
2 If running on a network, you can limit individual access to certain
paths and folders. To do this, check the Require Users to Login upon
Startup box.
3 A list with User IDs within the office will appear on the Login tab. You can
add or delete users using the corresponding buttons at the top of the screen.
Enter a password next to the user’s name. (Make sure you inform the user
of the password.) The password must consist of 5-12 characters and is case
sensitive.
4Check the Limited box, if desired. If the user is Limited, select the
Data Path Name the user will be able to access. Limited users only
have access to the Common Forms tab on the Forms pane. They can
only use the Clients, Assets, Fed, and State buttons located on the button bar.
5 By setting up logins that require passwords, user-specific settings (in
Control, Printers, Colors, and EF and Bank Settings) move from computer to computer with the individual user.
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Note
You must set a password for each individual user. This is required when
logging into the program. When the program is opened after Security has
been set, the Login screen will appear. You have the option of logging in
as a specific user, which will allow you to open the program and prepare
returns, or you can input the Master Password, which only allows you to
edit the Security settings. You will not be able to open the program if you
only input the Master Password.
Security Preferences
1 Click the Preferences tab.
2 Check the boxes to secure opening, viewing, and access to clients in different areas of the program by SSN/EIN.
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Secure Folders
You have the option to secure folders. To access this feature, Security must
be enabled.
1 To create a secure folder, click the Clients button.
2 Click the Edit Menu and select New Folder.
3 Enter the folder name and the Password. Click OK.
Note
If you forget the secure folder password, click the Reset button. Enter the
Master Password and click OK. Enter a New password for the folder
and click OK.
Management Security
1Click Mgmt on the button bar. If you have restricted access to Client
Management, you must provide the Master Password before entry is
allowed.
2 Clients in secure folders WILL automatically appear. If desired, you
may limit access to clients in secure folders. While setting up security,
select the Preference tab. Check the box to Require SSN/EIN entry
to view clients in Management. After enabling this feature, clients in
secure folders can only be accessed by entering the SSN or EIN.
Forgot Password/Change Master Password
1 If you forget the Master Password, click the Workbench menu, and
select Security.
2 Click the I Forgot button.
3 You will be asked to provide the answer to the question you selected
when you set up security. If you are able to answer the question, you
will be allowed to enter a new Master Password. Re-enter the password
to ensure you have entered it correctly. Click OK. You will be prompted
with a message noting the Master Password was changed.
4 Use the I Forgot option if you want to change your Master Password.
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Note
If you forget both the Master Password and the answer to your question,
you must call TaxWorks Support for assistance.
Client Status
Client status is used for inhouse tracking purposes. You can track and view
the progress of a client’s return and note any comments.
Status
To change the status for one client, click Status on the button bar while in
the client’s return. While on the Status tab, click the drop down box and
select the desired status. The Date and ID fields will auto-fill.
To create a custom status, from the Status screen, click the Custom Statuses
button. Enter the name of the custom status and click Add. The custom
status will appear on the screen, and will be added to the drop down box.
To remove a status, click the Status button while in the client’s return.
Highlight the status, right click, and select Delete Status.
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The status Proformaed is set during the proforma process. Select when the
status In Progress is set from the drop-down box. Other statuses must be set
manually.
Click to type comments for
the client that is open.
Click to add and view
custom statuses.
Check to suppress the
display of this screen after
exiting each client.
Auto Status Feature
Every time you exit a client’s return you will see a window that asks if you
want to change the client status. This feature can be turned off by checking
the Do not display preparation status automatically box and clicking OK.
This will turn the feature off for all clients.
To turn the feature back on, click Control on the button bar. Click the
Suppress tab. Uncheck the Suppress Status Prompt box.
Note
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Custom Statuses can be updated from the prior year. Reference Updating
System Files section.
Batch Processing Clients
Use the Batch Process feature to initiate quick processing or printing of
several client returns at once. You can print or save specific sets for
several clients. Process an e-file, proformas, diagnostic, invoice, extension,
or full return only. To access the Batch Process feature, click the Clients
button. Tag the desired clients, click Utilities, and select Batch Process.
Select the desired Process option from the drop down box and click
Process.
Managing Your Clients’ Data
Select the
System.
A powerful tool for keeping track of client information and status is Client
Management. All Proformaed and Reviewed clients will appear. Click the
Mgmt button. Select the applicable system you want to work with from the
drop down box.
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From the Management screen, highlight the desired client and select the
Clients, Federal Info and State Info tabs to view detailed information for
each.
n Clients – a database will maintain a list of clients that have been
reviewed or updated.
n Federal Info – view a summary of the client’s federal return, including
forms/schedules and dollar amounts.
n State Info – view a summary of the client’s state return including dollar
amounts, resident status, and the desired refund receipt method, such as
bank deposit or paper check.
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You may want to delete a client from the Management screen. If you delete
a client, the client file will remain in Client Selection, but information in
Management will be lost. You must review the client again to have it
reappear in Management.
Management Reports
Reports are a must in every office. The program has made your work easy.
Click the Mgmt button. On the Management screen, click Reports. There
are two report categories available. Each category offers multiple reports
depending on the system selected. Select the desired report category, and
click Next.
n General client reports
•
Production Summary – Tracks inhouse office production.
•
Status Report – Allows printing of clients by status (i.e., Updated,
In Progress, etc.).
•
Group Status – Allows you to select and group clients by specific
status.
•
Address/Phone List – Gives an address and phone listing.
•
Client Summary – Lists tax return information, including AGI, tax
due, refund, and invoice amounts.
•
Referral Report – Lists client’s name, SSN, and referral source.
•
Commission Report – Allows you to figure the commission
payment per invoice amount for each preparer.
•
Invoice Report – Lists invoice information, such as total invoice
amounts paid and outstanding invoice amounts.
•
Paper Returns – Lists clients who paper filed (non-e-filers).
•
Client Logs – Lists clients you started working on, and notes the
specific day. (Range selection cannot be viewed; it can only be printed.)
•
Detail Report – Prints return information for selected clients.
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Detail Family Report – Lists taxpayer, spouse, and dependent
information for all clients.
•
Comment Report – Lists clients and comments entered in the
Status menu.
•
State Totals – Lists the total number of returns processed,
categorized by state and system.
•
Birthday Listing – Lists all clients and spouses by birthday.
n Marked for E-File, Not Transmitted – Creates a report noting clients
that have been marked for electronic filing and reviewed, but no e-file
was created and the client has not been transmitted.
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Note
E-File & Financial Product reports are available in the E-File Center.
Reference the Filing Returns Electronically and Financial Products
sections.
Note
CPA and Other Professional Privacy Letters are available while entering client data from the Instruction Letter input screen. Reference the
Instruction Letter, Custom Letters section.
Status Drawer
The Status Drawer is used to track, view, and print status information.
Status
Click the File menu and select Status Drawer. From the drop down box,
select the desired system. From the Preparation Status tree, highlight the
desired status. The screen will list clients that fall under the status selected.
You can preview or print the selected status report.
Select the system from
the drop down box.
Click the box to print the
Advanced Report with
expanded status information.
To change or add a client status from the Client Selection screen, right
click on the client’s name and select Status Dialog. To change or add a
client status or comment while in the client’s return, click the Status button on the button bar. While on the Status tab, select the desired status
from the drop down box. Date and ID fields will auto-fill. To add additional comments, click the Comments tab. Typed comments will automatically word wrap when printed. To add additional statuses click the
Custom Statuses button.
Click to enter comments.
Click to enter custom statuses that
can then be selected from the
Status drop down box.
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Asset Tracker
Click the Assets button on the button bar to launch the Asset Tracker.
The Asset Tracker is a powerful tool that allows you to track all of the taxpayer’s fixed assets. It organizes all of the depreciable assets by form or
schedule. Fields with double arrows indicate you have the capability to
enter the item through the Asset Tracker Easy access tabs allowing you to
move quickly to the desired aspect of the asset.
Navigation
The Tree
The tree displays all assets in the current return, separated by form.
A Click on the plus (+) sign in front of a form to see all of the assets for
that form.
B Click on an asset in the tree to display the entry tabs.
C Click a form to see the Asset Tracker grid details on all assets for that
form.
DUse Ctrl+Page Up / Ctrl+Page Down to move from asset to asset
through the tree.
E Right clicking on the New Button provides multiple options:
1 Add a new asset.
2 Expand the
selected form.
3 Collapse the
selected form.
4 Access the Help
file.
5 Close the Asset
Tracker.
Click to
Delete the
selected asset.
Click to
Recycle the
selected asset.
Click to Move
the selected
asset.
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Asset Tracker
The Asset Tracker grid displays summary information for the form that is
currently selected in the tree.
A Sort assets by any column in ascending or descending order by clicking
on the column header. The arrow indicates the current column selected
and in what direction it is sorted.
B Look at the totals for cost, current section 179 expense, current special
depreciation allowance, depreciable basis, and current depreciation.
C Double click on an asset to see that asset’s details.
D Tag/untag all assets by clicking on the header in the tag column.
Use Shift+Page Up / Shift+Page Down to move through the assets in the
order sorted in the Asset Tracker grid.
E Delete assets by tagging one or more assets and clicking the Delete
button. Click Yes and then OK.
F Restore assets by clicking the Recycle button.
1 Tag the assets and
click the Empty
button. This will
permanently delete
these assets.
3 Select the proper
form and multiple (if
necessary) to which
the assets should be
restored. Use the
Lookup link to find
the proper multiple.
2 Tag assets to restore
them (undelete them)
and click the Restore
button.
4 Click the Restore
button.
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G Move assets by tagging the assets and clicking the Move button.
1 Select the proper
form and multiple (if
necessary) to which
the assets should be
moved.
2 Click the Move
button.
3Click Lookup to display a list of multiples noting the form description and multiple number. Use this feature to quickly view and select
the multiple to which the asset relates.
Double click the multiple
associated with the asset.
H Exit the Asset Tracker by clicking the Close button.
Note
Click the Color Key link to open a grid defining a legend for field colors
used in the Asset Tracker. Assets highlighted in yellow on the tree or in
the grid have been disposed of during the current year. Assets highlighted
in cyan have a date of disposition after the end of the current calendar or
fiscal year. Italicized font indicates that an asset is part of a group disposition. Bold, italicized font indicates the primary asset in a group disposition. Assets highlighted in magenta have been placed in service after the
end of the current calendar or fiscal year.
Asset Tracker Button Bar
The button bar is used to access options within the Tracker. Each option will
be covered in greater detail later in this section of the reference manual.
A
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B
C
D
E
A Click the New button to add a new asset.
B Click the Sp Allow button to make elections regarding the special depreciation allowance.
C Click the Calc button to access the calculator.
D Click the 179 button to access additional information regarding section
179 expense in the current return.
E Click the Close button to close the Asset Tracker.
New Asset
The New Asset screen allows for quick entry of basic asset information. It
gathers the minimum amount of data necessary to start depreciating an asset.
The screen expands as additional data is required.
A Enter the form and the multiple number (if necessary).
B For 1040
REturns only:
The state and taxpayer/spouse indicator will carry from
the indicated form
or will default to the
resident state and
joint (if MFJ) or taxpayer (if not MFJ).
E Enter the cost of the asset.
C Enter the asset’s
description.
H Select a type.
F Enter any current section 179
expense. If the asset was not placed
in service in the current year, the
New Asset screen will prompt you
for prior section 179 expense.
G If the asset was not placed in service
in the current year, enter any prior
depreciation.
D Enter the date the
asset was placed in
service.
Note
Type is an optional entry. You can leave the type blank; however, the types
have built-in default depreciation methods and periods. If a period cannot
be determined from the type or method selected, you will be prompted
to enter the appropriate period. See the next page for a table of types and
their default depreciation methods/periods.
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I
If the type is a vehicle, enter the mileage and, if applicable, select the
auto expense method Optimal (for first year), Actual to force actual
expenses, or SMR to force Standard Mileage Rate.
Standard mileage rate is only available on individual returns. All other
returns must use actual expenses.
Note
J If a default method is not entered, or the asset needs to be depreciated
under a different method, select the appropriate depreciation method.
KClick OK to add the asset. The Asset Tracker will take you to the
General tab for the newly added asset.
L If you do not wish to add the asset, click Cancel. The Asset Tracker will
return to the last visible screen.
The following table gives the available types and their associated default
depreciation methods.
Note
Type
LandMACRS Straight Line1
Residential Rental Real EstateMACRS 27.5 Year Straight Line
Res. Rental Furn & Fixtures
MACRS 5 year Double Declining Balance
Non Res. Real Estate MACRS 39 Strait Line2
Machinery and EquipmentMACRS 7 Year Double Declining Balance
Furniture and FixturesMACRS 7 Year Double Declining Balance
VehiclesMACRS 5 Year Double Declining Balance
Trucks & VansMACRS 5 Year Double Declining Balance3
> 6000 GVW VehiclesMACRS 5 Year Double Declining Balance4
6000 to 14000 GVW VehiclesMACRS 5 Year Double Declining Balance5
Computer SystemsMACRS 5 Year Double Declining Balance
Depr Computer Software3 Year Straight Line Depreciation
AmortizationNonrecovery Amortization6
ImprovementsMACRS 15 Year 150% Declining Balance
Indian ReservationNo default method selected7
Water Utility PropertyMACRS 25 Year Straight Line
Qual Leasehold ImprovementMACRS 39 Year Straight Line
Other/MiscellaneousNo default method selected
Not ApplicableNo default method selected
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Depreciation Method
1
Land is not depreciated. If land is selected, the entire cost will be entered as land on
the General tab.
2
If the property was placed in service before May 13, 1993, the Asset Manager will
use MACRS 31.5 Year Straight Line.
3
Trucks and vans have slightly higher passenger automobile limitations than standard vehicles. See the instructions for Form 4562 for additional information.
4
Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 6,000 pounds are exempt from
the passenger automobile limitations. See the instructions for Form 4562 for additional information.
5
Sport Utility Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 6,000 to 14,000 pounds are
exempt from the passenger automobile limitations. However, they are limited to
$25,000 of Sec. 179 expense.
6
Enter the appropriate period, in years, for amortization.
7
Qualified Indian Reservation property is depreciated at faster than standard MACRS
rates. Select the proper method for the class of property being depreciated and the
modified Indian Reservation calculations will be used. See Publication 946 for additional information.
Tabs
General Tab
The General tab shows detailed information about the asset.
A Federal and Alternative Minimum Tax depreciation calculations appear
side by side. AMT calculations are defaulted based on the federal calculations. To change the AMT calculations, uncheck the AMT Basis = Fed
Basis checkbox.
B Force Options allows you to handle special situations, such as Indian
Reservation or Gulf Opportunity zone calculations.
C Business Use
Percent, if less than
100%, will reduce
the asset’s depreciable basis. If
mileage is entered
on the Vehicle tab,
the Business Use
Percent is automatically calculated.
D The Evidence
checkboxes are
used to answer the
questions on the
4562 Part V for
listed property.
E The Section 179 Property checkbox is used to determine which property
is subject to the $800,000 limitation for each year. If the property does
not qualify as Section 179 Property, uncheck the box. See Publication
946 for information on properties that qualify as Section 179 Property.
F The Qualifies for Special Depreciation Allowance checkbox is used to
determine whether the asset qualifies for section 168(k) bonus depreciation. If the asset does not qualify as section 168(k) property, uncheck the
box, See Publication 946 for more information.
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G If the asset does not meet the Original Use Test to qualify for the special
depreciation allowance, check the box.
H The Amortization Code Section and Period boxes carry to Form 4562 Part
VI for assets that use the Nonrecovery Amortization depreciation method.
Nonconforming State Depreciation
The State Depreciation link provides access to depreciation calculations for
states that do not conform to federal depreciation rules.
A If the asset does not
meet the Original
Use Test to qualify
for the special depreciation allowance,
check the Original
Use box No.
C Select the state from
the tree to view that
state’s depreciation
calculation.
B If there is another reason
why the asset does not
qualify for the special
depreciation allowance,
uncheck the Qualifies
for Federal Special
Depreciation Allowance
box.
D If there is a difference
between federal and state
depreciation besides
the special depreciation
allowance, uncheck the
box to activate the State
column.
E Click OK to return to the General tab.
Vehicle Tab
The Vehicle tab gathers additional information about automobiles.
A Enter any business mileage, commuting mileage, and other mileage.
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B Current year depreciation allowance for Standard Mileage Rate (SMR)
will calculate based on the business mileage.
C Prior year depreciation allowance for SMR can be entered (it will update
from year to year).
D Parking and Tolls, Gasoline and Oil, Repairs, and Other are all reported
on the Auto or Vehicle Expense line on the form where depreciation is
reported. Interest and Lease expenses also carry to the appropriate lines
on the return.
E The Options drop down box provides the following options related to
passenger automobile limitations:
0 Not Applicable: Standard passenger automobile limitations apply.
1 Suppress Passenger Auto Limit: No passenger automobile limitations apply (typically for vehicles over 6,000 pounds gross vehicle
weight).
2 Electric Vehicle Limitations: Higher passenger automobile limitations apply for qualified electric vehicles. The higher limitations do
not apply to vehicles placed in service after Dec. 31, 2006.
3 Trucks and Vans: Slightly higher limitations for trucks and minivans
placed in service on or after January 1, 2003. See the instructions to
Form 4562 for additional information.
4 6000 to 14000 GVW SUV (179 limitation only): No passenger
automobile limitations. Section 179 expense is limited to $25,000
for vehicles placed in service after October 22, 2004.
Note
Note
Note
The Asset Tracker will optimize between Standard Mileage Rate (SMR)
and actual expenses the first year a vehicle is placed in service on 1040
returns. If actual expenses are greater than SMR, actual expenses will be
used. To force SMR, do so in the Method Selected drop down box.
Business returns (1041, 1065, 1120, and 1120S) must use actual expenses.
A vehicle expense worksheet will print for each vehicle entered in the
Asset Tracker, detailing entries on the Vehicle tab.
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Disposition Tab
The Disposition tab is used to dispose of assets.
A Use the Group Selection box to group assets for sales (Form 4797),
installment sales (Form 6252), like-kind exchanges (Form 8824), or
casualties/thefts (Form 4684).
B Select the type of disposition:
0 Not Disposed (default)
1 Sale (Form 4797)
2 Installment Sale (Form 6252)
3 Like-Kind Exchange (Form 8824)
C Enter the date of
disposition.
D Enter the gross
sales price.
E Enter any other
information for the
specific type of
disposition.
F Click the
Button
to access the
Alternative minimum Tax (AMT)
Depreciation
allowed detail.
Note
Note
All disposition forms are automatically generated within the Asset Tracker.
Disposed assets will appear in yellow on the Asset Tracker grid and tree.
Assets disposed after the end of the current tax year will appear in cyan.
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A Enter a Group number for the disposition group you are creating. All
assets in this group will use the same group number.
B Choose one of the assets as the Primary Asset.
C Select the type of
disposition.
D Enter the
disposition date.
E Enter the gross sales
price.
F Enter any other
information for the
specific type of
disposition.
G Select the part
of Form 4797 on
which the sale will
be reported.
Note
Note
H
If land is to be reported separately, enter the sales price of the land, any
expenses associated with the sale of the land, and the part of Form 4797
on which the sale of the land will be reported.
If there are assets that are §1250 and §1245 property included in the same
group, apply the asset to the applicable group with the use of the §1250
and §1245 tabs. Select the correct part # in the carry to Form 4797 drop
down.
The Asset Tracker will calculate required depreciation recapture for 1245,
1250, and other assets. All Disposition forms are generated within the
Asset Tracker. No additional entries are necessary in the return.
Special Depreciation Allowance Elections
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The Asset Tracker will generate election statements if the taxpayer has
elected out of the special depreciation allowance for any of the given classes
of property.
A For
property that is eligible for the
50%
special depreciation allowance,
check the None box for each class that the taxpayer elects out of. Check
the box for all classes if the taxpayer does not want to claim the 50%
allowance on any assets for the current year.
B Click OK to close the Elections screen.
C If the elections have changed, the Asset Tracker will recalculate all of
the assets to apply the elections.
D The election statement(s) will be available to print when you review the
return.
The elections are client specific.
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Section 179 Information
Click the 179 button to access all of the §179 information.
Carryover
Enter any §179 carryover that was disallowed in prior years.
A Select the form.
B Enter the multiple
number or use
Lookup to choose
the multiple.
C Enter the amount
of the carryover.
D Click OK
to return to the
Asset Tracker.
Note
Disallowed
§179 information is automatically carried forward from the previous year during the
update process.
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Depreciation Reports
A To view and print depreciation reports click the Review button on the
main tool bar.
B Close the Audit Diagnostics screen.
C In the Form box, scroll to the report you are searching for. Click on the
report you would like to view.
D Click the Print icon to print your selected report.
1 The Asset Tracker will produce the following depreciation reports
• Federal current
depreciation
• AMT current
depreciation
• Non-conforming State
depreciation
Two-Year Comparison Report
The program has integrated a Two-Year comparison Report. This tool can
help you provide important billable financial planning services to your
client.
This is a valuable service to provide every year to assist your clients in
reaching specific goals.
You can create this whether you provide associated investment and/or insurance services. These reports are located near the bottom of the Forms pane.
You may create a quick draft plan set during the tax interview using estimated amounts or schedule a detailed meeting later for in-depth planning. This
allows the client to think about their goals with a rough draft in hand.
The Two-Year Comparison Report is a direct result of the tax return. It
compares key items on the prior year’s return with those on this year’s
return. Prior year data is carried forward during the update process. If the
tax software was not used to prepare the return in 2010, enter the applicable
information. To produce the report, you can check the Prepare Two-Year
Comparison Worksheet box on the 2YR - 2-Yr Analys input screen or check
the Two-Year Comparison box on the PO - Options input screen. This
report can also serve as a Personal Income Statement to a lending institution.
You can view the Two-Year Comparison from any input screen by pressing
Ctrl+T.
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Barcode Reader
Capture W2 and K1 data by scanning forms with a 2-Dimensional (2-D)
barcode using a hand-held 2-D barcode scanner. Form data automatically
imports to the tax software, streamlining your data entry process. Refer to
helps in the program for details.
Signature Pad
Move closer towards the goal of a paperless office by having taxpayers sign
their return on a signature pad instead of the paper signature forms. The
signature is applied to the tax return for archival purposes in ArkWorks or
other document management systems. The signature can be printed on the
return if you need to provide a paper copy of the return for any reason. Easily
apply the taxpayer’s, spouse’s, or tax preparer’s signature to forms such as
the 8879 or 8867 EIC Due Diligence Worksheets. Refer to helps in the
program for details.
Labels
Your client correspondence can look professional by using a label on your
envelopes. This can be done by clicking the Mgmt button and selecting
Labels. Select the Type of label from the drop down box. Make other selections as necessary.
Tag the clients for
whom you would like to
print labels.
Select the type of label.
Select the number of
labels per client.
Adjust where the printing should start when
using sheets of labels
that have been partially
used.
Click to move the printing
left or right.
Click to toggle between
Custom and Regular
modes. Use Custom
mode to create and
save labels for your
specific needs.
Click to view how the
label will appear when
printed.
Click to move the printing
up or down.
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Slip Sheets and Envelopes
If you are using window envelopes or folders to communicate with your clients, use slip sheets for a professional look. There are two ways to print slip
sheets.
To customize slip sheets click the Mgmt button and select Slip Sheets/Env,
or while in a client’s return, select PO - Options from the Forms pane.
If there are no slip sheets on file, the Add Slip Sheet box will automatically appear.
Note
From the slip sheets drop down box, select one of the defaults or select
Add New and create your own. If you select Add New, name the slip sheet.
Select to print it in portrait or landscape, select the type of label and if you
want a slip sheet for the Federal, State(s) or Both returns. Click OK. Add
a border, change the font, and drag the From and To addresses where you
would like them to print on the page. The new slip sheet will appear in the
drop down box for use with other clients.
To print slip sheets for multiple clients, click the Mgmt button and select
Slip Sheets/Env. Select the Type of slip sheet. Tag the clients for whom you
would like to print slip sheets and click Print.
Select the type of slip
sheet/envelope.
Select the format for the
slip sheet/envelope.
Click to edit the address
placement on the slip
sheet/envelope.
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Click to preview how the
slip sheet/envelope will
appear when printed.
You can print a custom slip sheet for the “For Folder” type. You can also
print slip sheets on a # 10 envelope, if you desire.
Backups
We highly recommend that you backup critical files periodically. There are
many software products available to backup program files. We have
included a utility that allows you to backup files to your hard drive, zip
disk, tape drive, or another computer on the network. We suggest you use
separate disks for each day of the week. It is also wise to perform a monthly
backup. Use a separate disk, tape, or drive each month. Our utility will
backup select items, settings, client files, and related database information.
If you are operating on a network, others must be out of the program
before using the backup utilities.
Note
Backup
To backup system and client files, click the File menu and select BackUp.
Click the browse button … and select the Backup To location and select
the path from the Client Files From Data Path Name dropdown box. Tag
the files you would like to include in your backup. Click OK to begin the
backup. When the backup is complete, you can view and print the log.
Designate the location to
which you want to back
up.
Verify the data path where the
client files reside.
Tag the items to back up.
Click to perform the
backup operations.
Every time you exit the program, the Backup screen will appear. To
suppress this, check the Do not prompt on exit box. To turn this feature
back on, click the Control button and click the Suppress tab. Uncheck the
Suppress prompt for backup box.
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Restore
To restore files you backed up using the program Backup feature, click the
File menu and select Restore. Browse and select the Path to Backup Set.
Select the date of the Backup Set you would like to restore from the drop
down box. Click Next. Select the type of file you would like to restore and
click Next. The program will then build and display a list of files or types
of files. Tag the files you would like to restore and click Next. After the
files have been restored you will receive the message, “To restore other files
click ‘More.’” Click More… to restore other files or Close to finish.
Specify the
destination path.
Tag items/clients you
want to restore.
Click to perform
the restore
operation.
Auto Client Backups
The program will automatically back up the client file each time you click
Close or Clients.
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You may also back up clients using the Copy feature on the Client
Selection screen.
Instruction Letters
Letters are a convenient way to correspond with your clients. The program
has included the ability to print many different types of letters with a return.
Standard Filing Instruction Letter
The Standard Filing Instruction Letter is generated automatically with each
client return. It contains information such as refund amount, balance due,
and mailing instructions, which are pulled from the return. There are also
federal and state extension letters.
While in a client’s return, select LTR – Instr Ltr from the Forms pane.
The letter input screen will appear. It contains options for printing Standard,
Custom, Privacy, and Engagement letters.
Additional text may be added to the Standard and Custom letters. To default
the additional text for all clients, input the text and press Ctrl+D.
The normal default is to print additional text at the bottom of the letter.
Check the Print additional federal text at the top of the letter box to
override the default placement.
Note
The Standard Filing Instruction Letter can be suppressed by checking the
Suppress printing Standard Filing Instruction Letter box.
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Custom Letters
You have the ability to print both a Standard Filing Instruction Letter and a
Custom Letter. Standard Filing Instruction Letters are generated
automatically. Custom Letters will only print if indicated.
Note
You can update Custom Letters from the 2010 software. To do so, click
the File menu and select System Updates. Check the Custom Letters
box and click Update.
Note
By default, the name and address on the General Information screen will
carry to the Custom Letter exactly as entered. However, this can be overridden, if desired.
To generate Custom Letters, from within a client’s return select LTR - Instr
Ltr from the Forms pane. Under the Custom Letters heading, check the
Print Custom Letter box.
Click to access the Custom
Letters screen.
Click to access the Custom
Letters utility, allowing you to
create and edit Custom
Letters.
Check the box to print the
Custom Letter.
Custom Letter templates are included in the program. Default templates
include:
n Federal: Paper Filing, Amended, Electronic Filing, EF Extension,
Extension
n State: Paper Filing, Amended, Electronic Filing, First Extension, Second
Extension, EF Extension, K-1
n City: Paper Filing, Amended, Extension
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Each template contains numerous sections. Letters and sections can be copied and/or modified.
Templates will only generate if they apply to the return (ex: The amended
template will only print when preparing an amended return).
Note
Step-by-Step Customizing a Letter
There may be times when the Custom Letter template does not meet your
needs. Let’s walk through the steps of customizing your own letter.
1a To access the Custom Letters utility, while in a client’s return select
LTR - Instr Ltr from the Forms pane. Click the Click here option to
create or edit Custom Letters link.
1b To access the Custom Letters utility outside of the client’s return, click
the Settings menu and select Custom Letters.
Click the plus (+) sign to
expand and view the letter
sections.
The Copy icon is used to
copy the letter sections.
2 The 1040 tab should already be highlighted. Click the plus (+) sign
next to Federal to expand the tree. Click the plus (+) sign next to Paper
Filing and highlight Template. The template can be used as a starting
point and modified to meet your needs.
3a Click the Copy button from the button bar at the top of the screen. A
message will appear stating, “Please input a name for your copied letter.” Give the letter the name Sample and click OK. The template will
be copied to the new Sample letter. Sample will be listed in the Letters
column.
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3b You can also copy the template by clicking New Letter. A message will
appear stating, “Please input a name for your new letter.” Name the letter Sample and click OK. You will be prompted to select Copy Letter or
Blank Letter. By selecting Copy Letter, you can use the drop down box
to select the Template or other existing Custom Letters. Check the system
you want to copy the letter to. Click OK. The template will be copied to the
new Sample letter. Sample will be listed in the Letters column.
Template letters cannot be modified. They must be copied and renamed
before changes can be made.
Note
4 If the Sample letter is not expanded, click the plus (+) sign next to
Sample. This will expand the tree, allowing you to view a list of sections that may be included in the letter based on tax return facts.
5 To make a change to the letter, highlight the appropriate section. To test
this feature, let’s use the Footer section. Click Footer. Text from the
Footer section will appear. Place the cursor behind the word “call.” On
the left-hand side of the screen, click the Insert Codes tab. Highlight
and double click Preparer Telephone Number. ~PRETEL~ will
appear in the sentence. When you print the letter, the actual preparer
telephone number will replace ~PRETEL~.
6 After modifying the Sample letter, click OK.
Click to access different
insert codes.
Click to change the margins
and borders.
7a If you accessed the Custom Letters utility from within the client’s
return, you will return to the letter input screen. To access the letter you
have just created, you must leave the letter screen and then return to
the letter screen. Select GI - General Information (or any other form)
from the Forms pane. Reselect LTR - Instr Ltr to return to the letter
screen.
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7bIf you accessed the Custom Letters utility outside of the client’s return,
click the Clients button, highlight a client, and click Open. Select LTR
- Instr Ltr from the Forms pane.
8 To print Custom Letters, you must check the Print Custom Letter box.
9 Note that TEMPLATE, NO LETTER, NO EXTRA SECTION, and NO
OTHER LETTER are defaults for the Custom Letter categories. The
Template letter will print where TEMPLATE is noted. To include other
letters, click the drop down box and select the desired letter. For our
example, click the drop down box for Federal Paper Filing and select
the Sample letter.
10When you click the Review button and the return is processed, the letters selected will be listed as part of the return.
11Tag the letters and click the printer icon.
Note
You may insert a picture into a Custom Letter using the copy (Ctrl+C) and
paste (Ctrl+V) functions. For example, many preparers like to paste their
logo into their letters. Copy an image from another application. Place your
cursor where you would like the picture to appear in the letter, and paste
it in.
Other Letters
We have given you the ability to print two other letters: Privacy and
Engagement. Scroll to the Other Letters area at the bottom of the letter
screen. From the drop down box, select the desired letter. These will print
as separate letters. Other Letters can be defaulted for all clients.
Federal Extra Sections
You have the option of adding three extra sections to the federal letter.
Scroll to the Federal Extra Sections area at the bottom of the letter screen.
We have included text for the following extra sections: Inability to Pay
Balance Due, Charitable Contribution > $250, and Other Services Provided.
These sections will print prior to the Closing section. To include them,
select the desired letter from the drop down box. Federal Extra Sections
cannot be defaulted for all clients.
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Invoice
The Invoice feature allows entry of individual billing amounts for each
form, schedule, and various line items. Once the invoice settings have been
entered and saved, the defaults will automatically carry when a return is
processed. Click the Settings menu and select Invoice Settings to access
the Invoice screen.
Select the
applicable
system.
Enter the amount to bill per
line item on a specific
form or schedule.
Enter the
amount you
would like to
charge for each
form or schedule.
Check to suppress printing the item
on the invoice.
Select to view
and set state
invoice options.
Click to save the invoice settings.
Click to
customize fonts
and borders for
the invoice.
Click to copy the
complete grid
to paste into
spreadsheets
and other
documents.
Click to print the invoice
settings.
Enter a specific form to search for.
Click to export information
into a CSV (Excel) File.
Click to import information from a
CSV (Excel) file.
Note
While working with the invoice prices, you can bill by amount, per item,
or both.
Note
You have the ability to print the invoice with an override date, email
address, and website address. Check the appropriate box(es) on the client’s Invoice screen.
You can import and export invoice information to and from Microsoft Excel
spreadsheets (CSV files). This makes it easy to change prices and suppress
items in the invoice. Click the Export button and make your changes on the
spreadsheet. (In the spreadsheet, the number 1 is equivalent to a check mark
in the suppress column.) When finished, close the Excel file. Click Import
to import the spreadsheet back into the Forms and Invoice Settings pane.
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Note
After importing a spreadsheet, the changes won’t appear until you click
OK and reopen the Forms and Invoice Settings pane.
If you want to override invoice settings for a specific client, while working
in a client’s return, select Inv - Invoice from the Forms pane. You can enter
specific amounts, percentages, discount codes, payments, etc.
To enter discounts, click the Discount Library link, or click the Settings
menu, and then select Discounts. Enter the discount code, description,
amount, or percentage. To activate the discount codes, enter the corresponding discount code on the Inv - Invoice screen in the Discount Codes
section. Discounts will be applied to the invoice prices set.
Entries made on the Invoice
Options screen will override
the invoice prices.
Click the Discount Library link
to enter the discounts.
Enter the discount codes in
this section.
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Utilities, Settings, and Workbench
Menus
This section includes many tools that will decrease key strokes and improve
output performance.
Utilities
The following items can be accessed from the Utilities menu. You must be
in a client’s return to access the Utilities menu.
n Client Status (Ctrl+F2) – This function is used for tracking
purposes. Select the desired option from the drop down box or customize your own statuses. You may also add comments.
n Detail Statements (F6) – To make multiple entries for one field, use
the Detail Statements feature. Enter the descriptions and amounts.
Check the box(es) to print detail statements with the return, have detail
statement descriptions update during the update process, and print the
amount entered in cents versus rounding to the nearest dollar. The total
amount will carry to the field. The field will change to a peach color,
indicating it was detailed.
n Calculator (Ctrl+R) – An independent calculator can be used to perform simple calculations. The calculator can be accessed four different ways. (1) Click the Utilities menu and select Calculator. (2) Press
Ctrl+R. (3) While in a numeric field, enter a number and press the
plus (+) key on the 10-key pad. Add or subtract numbers using your
10-key pad. When you press Enter, the calculator will paste the total
to the highlighted field. (4) While in a numeric field, enter a number
and press the minus (-) key on the 10-key pad. Add or subtract numbers
using your 10-key pad. When you press Enter, the calculator will paste
the total to the highlighted field.
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To turn off the automatic Paste feature, uncheck the Paste value when ‘=’
is pressed box on the calculator.
Note
This is the Tape section, similar to a desktop calculator.
Click to deactivate the Paste
Amount feature.
Click to store a number.
Click to clear the memory.
Click to recall a displayed
number.
Click or press Ctrl+P to
paste the value into the
program.
n Notes (Ctrl+N) – This function allows you to type notes within a client’s
return. The notes will print with the return. Only notes entered under the
three EF tabs will be included in the e-file return sent to the IRS.
n Defaults – Select this option to view detail on defaults selected. You
can also delete individual or multiple defaults or copy default settings to
other users.
Note
EF and Bank defaults can be accessed by selecting Settings and then EF
Settings.
n Set Default (Ctrl+D) – This function allows you to set a default for the
highlighted field your cursor is in. Enter the default information. Click the
Utilities menu, and select Set Default, or press Ctrl+D. The default is now
set. Once the default is set, it affects every subsequent return entered in that
system. Entries made in default fields will override any default settings.
n Remove Default – This function allows you to remove a default set
in the highlighted field your cursor is in. Select the desired field, and
remove the contents. Click the Utilities menu, then select Remove
Default, or press Ctrl+D. The previously set default is now removed.
The default is removed for all returns you process from now on.
n States & Pups (Ctrl+P) – If you have purchased a limited use package and
need to process a state or system that has not been purchased, an authorization code must be obtained in order to process the return. Use this function
from within the client’s return to retrieve a PUP code via the Internet.
n Split Return – This option allows you to split a married filing joint return,
automatically creating married filing separate returns for both the taxpayer
and spouse. The married filing joint return is retained. Amounts for married
filing separate returns are allocated based on entries made in the applicable
T/S/J fields. The popup window notes the names and location for the split
returns created, as well as the forms and schedules involved in the split.
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n Upload Client to Support Team – This option gives you the ability to
upload a client file with a note to Support from within the client’s tax
return. If you are having trouble with a client, you can upload the client
file and ask our Support staff to help answer your question. This feature
will not automatically notify us that you have uploaded a file. Please
e-mail or call Support after uploading the file.
n Print Input Screen – This option prints an exact replica of the client
data entered on the input screen.
n Bank Consent to Use or Disclose Tax Return Info – This option
allows the tax preparer to obtain the taxpayer’s written consent to use
tax return information for purposes other than preparing the tax return.
n Quick EF Lookup – This utility pops up a screen allowing you to
quickly view client e-file and financial product information.
Settings
The following items can be accessed from the Settings menu:
n Control Data – Reference the Enhancing Your Performance, Control
section.
n EF Settings – This is where “control” information for Electronic Filing is
entered. Reference the Filing Returns Electronically
section.
n Printer & Delivery Settings – Reference the Print Features, Setting Print
Defaults section.
n Distribution Sets – Reference the Print Features, Distribution Sets section.
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n Preparers – Enter information for multiple preparers in the same office
on this screen. Enter the corresponding preparer number on the General
Information screen in the Preparer Number field. Corresponding preparer
information will then print in the Preparer section of the federal/state return.
The Preparer Number field can be set as a default.
n Common Forms – This is used to change or select forms you would like
listed while working in a client’s return. The list is located on the Forms pane
under the Common tab. You can view each user’s Common form selections
and modify your own. This is helpful if you want to restrict users to certain
forms. Reference the Security section.
n Custom Letters – Reference the Instruction Letters, Custom Letters section.
n Invoice Settings (Ctrl+I) – Reference the Invoice section.
n Discounts – Enter discounts you want applied to your invoice pricing. Enter a
code, description, and the discount amount or percentage. While working in
the client, select INV - Invoice and enter the applicable code in the Discount
Code section.
n Edit City Tax Info – Select this option to view and edit city information.
n Libraries – When you start to type an entry that resembles one you typed
before the program can auto-complete or auto-fill the entry for you in certain
fields because it has been saved in a library (i.e. Interest Income description
on Schedule B). Each system has a separate library. Select this option to view,
edit, or delete entries that have been stored in a library.
n Employer Library – Employer information entered on W-2s and 1099-Rs is
stored in the Employer Library. When entering W-2 and 1099-R Employer ID
Numbers, the employer’s name and address will auto-complete if the EIN has
been entered previously. Select this option to delete, or edit information.
n RTN Library – Routing transit numbers entered for financial institutions are
stored in the RTN Library. Select from the bank names previously entered to
auto-fill the RTN. Use this option to view, add, edit, or delete information.
n Colors – Reference the General Instructions, Colors section.
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Workbench
Some of the items listed under the Workbench menu are utilities used by the
Technical Support staff to resolve problems or questions you may have. The
following are Workbench items you can access without Technical Support
assistance.
n Security – Reference the Enhancing Your Performance, Security section.
n List Business Codes – Select this option to view the Business Code List.
n Support Tool – This feature is used to perform most of the program
maintenance and special adjustments. We recommend that you only use
this feature as directed by Technical Support.
n Client File Editor – The Client File Editor lists the different input and
output file calculations for the return that is currently open. We recommend that you only use this feature when directed by a technical support
agent, as any changes made here will affect the return.
n Command Line – Select this option to perform certain functions across
systems or within a single return. We recommend that you only use this
feature when directed by technical support.
n Initial Configuration Wizard – Reference the Installation, Initial
Configuration section.
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Print Features
The tax forms are approved for filing by the IRS and state agencies. All of
our forms print in a professional laser or PDF format. We provide utilities
that allow you to print federal and state returns together or separately, batch
process a group of clients, and print blank input and output forms. We have
a utility called the Form Filler that provides supplemental forms not supported in the tax systems.
Tax year 2011 federal and state forms and laws are in various update stages.
You will notice a DO NOT FILE message on some forms. Included in this
message is the date you can anticipate the release of the form. If the current
date is later than the date printing on the form, use the upgrade feature to
receive final forms that are approved and ready to file, or the revised release
date. Please do not call Technical Support with questions on forms until the
DO NOT FILE message is no longer displayed.
Several states have 2D barcodes on the forms. This feature helps states process returns more efficiently. Original copies of 2D barcode forms must be
submitted to the state for processing.
In addition to the print features discussed in this section, you can duplex
print the tax return. To do so, click the Settings menu and select Printer &
Delivery Settings. Check both the Print forms in PDF format box and the
Duplex Print box. You can also duplex print any worksheet associated with
the return by checking the Duplex Worksheets box. Click OK to save the
changes.
Distribution Sets
Distribution Sets are a convenient way for you to print sets of forms for
your specific needs. Click Settings and select Distribution Sets.
Types of Distribution Sets
n Government Paper Filing
u Federal Paper – The federal set includes all of the federal forms and
worksheets available for printing in the program.
Note
Part-year and non-resident federal form sets are available.
u State Paper – After selecting the state, the set will include all of the
state forms and worksheets available for printing in the program.
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u City Paper – After selecting the city, the set will include all of the
city forms and worksheets available for printing in the program.
u Extension – All extension forms can be found here.
nSignature
u Paper Signature – This set includes all signature forms required
when filing a paper return.
u EF Signature – This set includes all signature forms required when
e-filing a return.
nPreparer
u Preparer Review – This set includes all forms needed for the
preparer to review a return.
u Preparer File – This set includes forms that may be kept by the
preparer in his/her records.
nClient
u Client Copy – This set includes forms the client might need for their
personal records.
u Ptr, Shr, Benf Sch K-1s – This set includes K-1s for all of the different business systems.
Note
Highlight the set to view
or edit.
Select the desired System
and State.
Click to expand each
group and view the forms.
Click this button to create
a custom set. The Add
New Set screen will
appear.
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The program is delivered with a checkmark by forms falling into the
selected set per recommendations set by government agencies. However,
all forms are available within each set.
Step-By-Step Customizing Sets
1 To customize sets, click the Settings menu and select Distribution Sets.
2 Highlight the desired set in the Select Set to Edit column.
3 From the drop down boxes, select the System and State.
4 Tag the desired form groups in the selection box at the right. Groups
include:
uCorrespondence
u Federal Forms
u K-1 Forms
u Separately Filed Forms
u Worksheets, Statements and Overflows
u State Forms
5 Click on the plus (+) sign by the form group name to expand the group
and view the forms available within each selected group.
6 Tag the forms you want included in each group or untag forms you do
not want included in the group.
Select desired set to edit.
Select the system and state.
Select desired forms
group. Click to tag and
untag all forms within the
group.
Click to reset the forms to
factory settings.
Click to apply the changes
that were made.
7 There are additional options found in the bottom left-hand corner of the
Distribution Sets screen.
u Watermark – Type the description you want to print as a watermark on the forms.
u Separator Page – This prints a cover page for separating each print
set.
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u Upper Page Mark – This prints a mark in the upper right-hand corner of the form to easily identify different sets. The mark is defaulted in the program, but can be edited.
u Print Page Number – The page number (relating to the set) will
print in the upper right-hand corner next to the page mark.
u Client ID, Date & Time – This prints the Client ID, date, and time
at the bottom of each page.
Create a New Set
1 To create a new set, click the New button on the Distribution Sets
screen.
2 Give the new set a name.
3 Select a category from the drop down box.
4a You may start with a blank set, or
4b If you want to copy an existing set, highlight the selection from the
Duplicate Set From drop down box.
5 Move the radio button to all forms tagged or no forms tagged.
6 Click OK.
Note
You have the ability to move forms across groups.
Setting Print Defaults
Before you print any returns, verify your print options.
1 We have provided tax ‘soft fonts’ with our program. Soft fonts are only
required if you are using a Laser printer. Soft fonts are automatically
loaded before every print job sent to the printer. If you never turn your
printer off, or if it goes into sleep mode, the soft fonts will remain in
the printer’s memory. If you turn your printer off, fonts will be erased
and will need to be reloaded. To load tax soft fonts manually, click the
Installations menu and select Load Soft Fonts.
2 We have provided an application of Adobe Acrobat Reader® version 9
with our program. Adobe Acrobat Reader® is required if you are using a
BubbleJet, DeskJet, or Inkjet printer. Forms will be printed in PDF.
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Soft fonts are an IRS-specific font designated for use with tax forms.
3 Click the Settings menu, and select Printer & Delivery Settings,
Printers & Options. Verify the printer settings.
Select the applicable printer.
Check if you are using a
non-laser printer.
Select the default printer for
labels.
Check to
auto-close the
Advanced Form
Delivery screen.
Check to use a
password when
opening saved
tax returns.
4 Click the Defaults for Advanced Form Delivery tab. After working in
a client and clicking Review, the Review screen will appear, allowing
you to preview the return prior to printing. You will see an Adv. button
on the option bar located at the top of the Review screen. Defaults set
on the Defaults for Advanced Form Delivery tab will be applied when
accessing the Adv. button. Reference the Print Features, Advanced
Form Delivery section.
Select the print set(s) you
would like to default, as
well as the number of
copies per set. You can
select up to six sets.
Select the set you would
like to default in the Save
section.
Click to browse the desired
save location.
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Printing the Return
Each client you prepare a tax return for is unique. Like your clients, we
have unique print options. You can mix and match these options to meet
your needs.
Print Individual Returns
Most preparers like to print returns while working in Client Selection.
1 Click the Clients button. Tag a client and click Open. Click Review.
Close the Audit Diagnostic screen if it appears.
2 Let’s assume all of the information is correct and we are ready to print
the return. Tag the desired forms.
3 Tagged F6 will appear in the Print Option drop down box. Click the
printer icon.
Click to print.
Tag the desired forms to
print (optional).
Select the print option
from the drop down box.
Enter the
watermark
to print on
the tagged
forms.
The Adv. button allows
you to print specific print
sets and save the return.
Batch Process Printing
Sometimes you will want to print more than one return at a time. Or, maybe
you want to print a State Only return. You can do this through the Batch
Process feature.
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1 Click the Clients button. From the Client Selection screen, tag the
client(s) you want to batch process.
2 Click the Utilities menu and select Batch Process.
3 Click the Process Options drop down box and make your selection.
4 Click Process. Client forms included in the selected Process Option will
print.
Select the Process Option.
Advanced Printing
Advanced printing allows you to print the return by sets and save the return
in PDF. Continue to the next section for details on this feature.
Advanced Form Delivery
Advanced Form Delivery is a powerful tool that allows you to print and
save returns. You can perform the steps individually or all together. To
access the Advanced Form Delivery screen:
1 Click the Clients button. Highlight a client and click Open.
2 While in a client’s return click the Review button. Close the Audit
Diagnostics screen if it appears.
3 Click the Adv. button located on the option bar in Review mode.
4 Make the desired selections, or use any defaults that appear. Reference
Print Features, Setting Print Defaults.
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5 Click the Start Job button to perform the options selected on the
Advanced Form Delivery screen.
There are two methods of form delivery: print and save. Check the box
found next to each method to activate the selection. Uncheck the box to
deactivate the selection.
n Print – allows you to select which sets, and how many copies of each
set, you would like to print. You can choose up to six sets from the drop
down boxes.
n Save – allows you to save specific sets of your client’s return. You may
choose the path where you will save the file, and the filename.
There are several buttons located at the bottom of the Advanced Form
Delivery screen.
n Settings – links to the Printer & Delivery Settings screen, where you
may change printer options and adjust any defaults for Advanced Form
Delivery.
n Sets – links to the Distribution Sets screen, where you can adjust existing sets to meet your needs, or create your own custom Distribution
Sets by clicking the New button.
n Defaults – links to the Defaults for Advanced Form Delivery tab within
Printer & Delivery Settings where you can set the defaults for Advanced
Form Delivery.
n Use Defaults – click to use the defaults set on the Defaults for
Advanced Form Delivery screen.
n Set Defaults – after customizing the settings on the Advanced Form
Delivery screen, click this button to save the selected items as your
defaults.
n Clear All – click to clear all of the settings currently on the Advanced
Form Delivery screen.
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n Preview – click to preview a set of the items you have selected on the
Advanced Form Delivery screen.
n Start Job – click to perform the print or save options you have selected
on the Advanced Form Delivery screen.
n Close – click to exit the Advanced Form Delivery screen.
n Help – links to a document with useful information on how to use
Advanced Form Delivery.
Note
Refer to the Print Features section for other print tips and Enhancing Your
Performance, Backups section for other tips on saving data.
Other Printable Forms
Not only do we provide various print options, we also provide various printable forms.
Form Filler
Occasionally you may need a form that is not included in the system or state
you are working with. To access this feature within the client’s return, click
the Forms menu and select Form Filler.
Select the applicable system or state. Select the desired form and enter the
information. When finished, click Save. The selected form and data will
be saved with the return. No calculations are performed. When the return is
reviewed, the selected forms will appear at the bottom of the list, shaded in
yellow.
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To print forms independent of a return, you must have your workspace in
Idle mode (client returns and Client Selection screen are closed). Click the
Forms menu and select Form Filler. To print multiple forms at one time,
hold down the Ctrl key, click the desired forms (or for grouped forms, hold
shift & down arrow), then click Print Page or Print Blank.
Print the form with data.
Print a blank form.
Select the system or state.
Set the number of copies.
Search for a specific form.
Clear all the data input
on the forms.
View the entire form.
Select the form.
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No calculations are performed. Manually calculate the values and enter
them on the corresponding lines.
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
All system communications will be done online. You can use the ISP of
your choice. However, we have found that high-speed connections, such as
cable modems or DSL, allow you to interface with the program online much
more efficiently. There are many features that are only available when connected to the Internet.
Testing Your ISP
The program is programmed to recognize and automatically launch your
ISP. If you would like to perform a test of your ISP through the program,
click the Help menu and select Test Communications.
Tests the capability to
upgrade systems, upload
client files, and other tasks.
Ping options are used by
Technical Support to
troubleshoot Internet problems.
Tests electronic filing and
upload related tasks.
Click to perform the selected
test.
Upload Clients
There are three Upload client features:
Upload a client to support while in the return
If you have questions on a client’s return, you can upload the client to
support and attach a note to the client file. When prompted, you may write a
short message and support will research the problem and e-mail or call you
back with an answer. Call or e-mail support to alert them that a client file
has been uploaded.
Note
Support is not automatically alerted when you upload a client file. You
must call or e-mail support to alert them of the uploaded file.
1 Click the Upload button or click the Utilities menu and select Upload
Client to Support Team.
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2 If you wish to attach a note to the return, click Yes. Type the note and
click Send. To upload the return without a note click No.
3 A security statement will appear. This statement is to inform you that
during the upload process, certain personal information will be altered
to protect the client. We highly recommend that you do not click the
Opt Out button, unless directed by a Technical Support agent. Clicking
the Opt Out button allows the client file to be uploaded without altering
or masking the client’s information. Click Close or the Opt Out button.
The file will be uploaded to support.
4 A screen will appear asking you to contact Support to alert them that a
file was uploaded. You can do this by phone or e-mail. Click OK.
Upload client to support from Client Selection
This is a great feature to use if you want to upload multiple clients to
support, or upload a client file while not in a client’s return.
1 Click the Clients button.
2 Tag the client(s) you wish to upload and click Upload.
3 Move radio button to Support Team and click Upload.
4 If you wish to attach a note to the return click Yes. Type the note and
click Send. To upload the return without a note, click No.
5 A security statement will appear, informing you that during the upload
process, certain personal information will be altered to ensure the privacy and security of the information. We highly recommend that you
do not click the Opt Out button, unless directed by a Technical Support
agent. Clicking the Opt Out button allows the client file to be uploaded
without altering or masking the client’s information. Click Close or the
Opt Out button. The file will be uploaded to support.
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6 A screen will appear asking you to contact support to alert them that a
file was uploaded. You can do this by phone or e-mail. Click OK.
Click to upload client(s) to
support.
Select Support
Team.
Upload client(s) to your own account folder
You can upload client(s) to your own account folder. The folder will reside
on our Server for you to retrieve later. This is a great feature for those who
work at home and at the office. You can upload files from the office to the
server and retrieve the files from your home, or vice versa.
Upload client(s) to an account bin
1 Click the Clients button.
2 Tag the client(s) and click Upload.
3 Select Account Number. Verify the account number is your assigned
account number. You must enter an Upload Filename. The filename
can be no more than eight numbers/letters. Remember the filename
because it will be used to download the file later. Click Upload.
4 The client file(s) will be uploaded to the server and will reside in the
specified account number folder. Click Close.
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5 Continue to the Download Clients section for instructions on retrieving
the uploaded file(s).
Enter the upload filename.
Upload clients to your
own account folder.
Click to upload the
clients.
Note
If you use the same filename for several transmissions, it will overwrite
any files/folders previously uploaded. Be sure to remember the filename
as support does not have access to this.
Download Clients
Download client(s) from an account bin
Proceed through the following steps to retrieve files you previously uploaded to your account bin.
1 Click the Clients button. Click Download.
2 Enter the filename assigned during the upload process.
3 Select the desired SSN/EIN option. Click Download.
4 The client file(s) will be downloaded to your computer. A screen will
appear asking if you want to remove the client file(s) from the server.
Click Yes or No. Click Close.
Click Download
to retrieve the
uploaded files.
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Enter the file
name previously
assigned.
Client files uploaded to the server are automatically deleted two weeks
from the date the files were uploaded.
Update Systems
You can set up the program to automatically update systems during the
Initial Configuration set up. If you did not set up Auto Updates in the
Initial Configuration section, but you would like to, or if you would like to
manually download and install updates, reference the Installation, System
Updates section.
Note
When updating systems through the Internet, you are approximately three
weeks ahead of CD mail delivery. If updating on a regular basis, CDs
received in the mail do not need to be installed.
Per Unit Process (PUP) Codes
If you purchased a limited use package or need to process states or systems
that you have not purchased, a PUP code must be obtained in order to process returns of this type. There are two ways to obtain PUP codes:
Retrieve a PUP code while in the return
1 Click the Pups button or click the Utilities menu and select States &
Pups.
2 The States to Process and Pup Codes screen will appear, noting the resident state you entered on the federal General Information screen. To select
additional states, type the two-letter state abbreviation or select the state
from the drop down box. Input states in the order they will process.
3 Click Get Pup(s). The Internet request will take place. Click Close. The
PUP code will paste to the Pup Code field on the screen. Click Close.
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The resident state must be entered on the federal General Information
screen in the address area. The resident state will always process last to
ensure that the credits carry properly.
Note
Click Advanced to
access the Move Up
and Move Down portion
of the screen.
Click to retreive a
history of your PUP
code transactions.
Click to retrieve a PUP
code.
Note
PUP code(s) must be obtained separately for each system. PUP code(s)
received through the Internet will automatically be pasted into the return.
You can process each return as many times as necessary with the same
PUP code.
PUP History
1 Click the Help menu and select Pup History.
2 A note may appear, alerting you that you will be accessing a web page
with the pup history. Access may require you to login. Click OK.
3 The Internet will launch. After a successful transmission, the PUP
History report will appear. The report can be viewed or printed.
Help
There are numerous ways to obtain help while using the software. The Help
menu contains many helpful Internet options. Reference the Help Menu section of this manual for more details.
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Alerts
Alerts allows our personnel to send messages throughout the year to all
customers or specific groups of customers. These messages alert you of program upgrades, helpful hints, e-file IRS drain information, etc.
To view Alerts you must have a valid Internet connection.
1 Click the Alerts button.
2 New alerts will be listed in bold text.
3 Double click on the alert title in the Subject column to view the alert in
detail.
You can tag an alert and mark it as viewed or archive it. Marking an alert
as viewed will stop it from opening when you initially open the software.
Archiving an alert will move it into the archives. You can view archived
alerts in the EF Center. Click Reports, then Alerts under Archived.
Note
This feature will keep you informed and help eliminate the need to contact
Support.
Double click to view
the alert.
After tagging
alert(s), click to
Mark as Viewed or
Archive.
Tag alerts by
checking box.
Alerts will be assigned
a number according to
the level of Severity.
Note
The program will automatically check and warn you of new alerts when
you open and/or close the software, unless you suppress this feature under
the Startup tab in Control.
E-File Center
The E-File Center is a powerful tool that allows you to send, receive
and track e-file and bank information. Reference the Filing Returns
Electronically section for complete instructions.
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Filing Returns Electronically
The software comes with an integrated electronic filing module for federal systems 990, 990PF, 1040, 1041, 1065, 1120, 1120S, 5500, and
Extensions. Many states can also be filed.
To file returns electronically, you must go through four basic steps: preparing
the return, transmitting the return, handling acknowledgments, and
correcting rejects, if required.
How to Become an E-File Participant
To participate in the e-file program, you must be an authorized e-file provider. This requires that you file federal Form 8633, Application to Participate
in the IRS and State e-file programs. Instructions can be found on the IRS
website at www.irs.gov.
Declaration Control Number (DCN)
Most 1040 e-file returns are assigned a Declaration Control Number (DCN).
The DCN is used by the IRS for identification purposes. The number must
be unique for each return. The program will automatically assign the DCN
when the return is reviewed if the File Federal Return Electronically box is
checked. The DCN will print at the top of Form 8879. The DCN will be the
same for both the federal and state returns.
The DCN is divided into 3 parts: The first six digits are your EFIN, the
next three digits are the batch number, and the last two digits designate the
sequence of the return within the batch.
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Before you proceed, click the Control button. On the Firm tab enter your
Default EFIN. If you are operating on a network, or only one stand alone
computer, you are done. Click OK.
Enter your EFIN.
The EFIN can be entered during the initial installation configuration.
Note
If you are using several stand alone (non-networked) computers you need
to click the Settings menu and select EF Settings. Click the EFIN Batches
tab. Enter your EFIN on line 1. Enter a different Starting Batch number
on each computer. A batch represents 99 returns. The Ending Batch number
is optional, but helpful if you want to ensure two computers do not run into
the same range of DCNs.
Enter your EFIN.
Enter your Starting Batch
number.
Enter your Ending Batch
number.
Note
Network users should not use this screen.
If you need to reassign a DCN, check the Force new DCN box on the
EF - E-File screen in the return.
Step 1 – Preparing the Return
1 Click the Clients button. Click New or double click on an
existing client.
2 Enter the taxpayer’s name, address, and other applicable tax return
information. Reference the 1040 Sample Return section for help in
entering tax information.
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Note
To help eliminate e-file rejects, check the Verify Key E-File Information
box under the Settings menu, EF Settings, EF Switches tab. You will be
prompted for re-entry of SSNs, names, and key W-2 and 1099-R fields.
Reference this utility in the Helpful Hints section.
3 On the General Information screen you have four screen options:
Advanced – for complex returns; Lite – for electronic filing, simple
returns; EZ – for input related to 1040EZ; Espanõl – for forms in
Spanish. For our example we will use the Adv screen option.
4 Scroll to the Type of Return and Referral section. Select how you want
the return filed from the drop down box. This is optional, but will create
an audit if information entered on the return does not match your selection.
5 In the Electronic Filing and Direct Deposit Information section, check
the File federal return electronically box.
Select the GI screen option.
View the anticipated refund date.
Select the type of return from
the drop down box to allow
the program to audit, ensuring the applicable entries
have been made.
Check the box to File federal
return electronically.
Click to enter electronic funds
withdrawal or direct deposit
information.
Make required PIN entries to
produce signature Form 8879.
Click to access input to file a
state return electronically.
6 To file the state return electronically click the File State Return(s)
Electronically grid.
7 Verify or enter the two-letter state code in the State column.
8 Check the EF column to file the state return(s) electronically.
9 The State EF File Type column will auto-fill. If you would like to
change the file type, click the arrow for the drop down box. Select the
desired e-file type. Piggyback and Direct are the defaults. Piggyback
can only be noted on ONE of the states if you are e-filing multiple
states in a single return. Direct states cannot be changed.
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Refer to State Electronic Filing for detailed information on Piggyback,
State Only, and Direct states.
Verify or enter the two-letter
state code.
Check the state EF box.
Click on Piggyback or
State Only to change
the file type.
10 Click Close.
11To participate in Direct Deposit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal,
click the grid. This allows input of bank information so the taxpayer’s
refund can be directly deposited (DD), or the balance due amount can
have electronic funds withdrawn (EFW) from the taxpayer’s bank
account.
Select the applicable federal
account to default the state
bank information the same as
federal.
For direct deposit purposes only, you can select to split your federal
refund in up to three accounts.
•
One account – The amount will default. Account information will
print on Form 1040, page 2.
•
Two or three accounts – You must enter an amount or percent on
each line. Account information will print on Form 8888.
How Changes to Refunds Will Be Handled When Using
Form 8888
Refund Increase
If the amount of the refund increases, the additional amount will be deposited into the last account listed on Form 8888. (Example: If three accounts,
Form 8888, line 3; if two accounts, Form 8888, line 2.)
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Refund Decrease
Note
•
Calculation Errors or Past-Due Federal Tax: If an error was
made on the return or the taxpayer owes past-due federal tax, the
decrease or offset amount will be deducted first from the account
noted on Form 8888, line 3, next from the account noted on line 2,
and finally from the account noted on line 1.
•
Other Offsets: If the taxpayer owes past-due amounts to any
Treasury Department Financial Management Service (FMS), the
amount will be deducted first from the account with the lowest routing transit number, second from the next lowest routing transit number, and third from the highest routing transit number.
If you are processing a return with a financial product, do not enter
deposit information in the EFW grid on the General Information screen.
Deposit information for Financial Products should be entered on the
“Bank” input screen.
12 Verify the federal and/or state information in the Government column.
If changes to the state(s) need to be made, they must be changed in the
File State Return(s) Electronically grid.
13 Select Federal Account 1, 2, or 3 in the Same as Federal column if
you want the state bank account information to mirror one of the federal
accounts. If you want different account information, leave the column
blank. By checking this column, information entered on one of the federal lines will default to the state line in the Financial Institution Name,
Routing Number, Depositor Account Number, and Account Type columns.
14 The Financial Institution Name column is an auto-fill library field.
Enter the institution name or click the drop down box and highlight
your selection.
Note
If entries were made in the RTN Library, or if you entered the bank information previously, you can select the applicable Financial Institution
Name from the drop down box. The Financial Institution Name and
Routing Number columns will auto-fill. Refer to the Utilities, Settings,
and Workbench Menus section for details on the RTN Library.
15 The Routing Number column will auto-fill if the routing number related
to the Financial Institution was entered previously. If necessary, enter
the Routing Number.
16 Enter the Depositor Account Number.
17 In the Account Type column, click the drop down box and select desired
account.
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18 Determine if the client will receive a refund or owe taxes. In the DD/
EFW column, click the drop down box and highlight DD for direct
deposit, EFW for electronic funds withdrawal, or none for zero
payment/refund. When the return is reviewed, if adjustments need to be
made to this column, a related audit will appear.
Note
For EFW, use line 1 only. Lines 2 and 3 are for Direct Deposit of refund
into multiple accounts.
19 In the Foreign Bank column, from the drop down select Yes or No to
indicate whether the refund is going through an account outside of the
U.S.
20a DD – If the client participates in DD and is depositing their refund into
more than one account, enter the specific dollar amount for each account
in the Amount column.
20b
EFW – If the client participates in EFW, the payment amount
will default to the total tax due. This will not appear in the column as
the return input may not be complete. Only enter an amount if the taxpayer wants only a portion of the tax due to be withdrawn.
21 Use the Percent column to have the software calculate the specific dollar amount for each account.
Note
Use either the Amount column or Percent column, but not both in the
same return.
22 If the client participates in EFW, the withdrawal date will default to April
15th. To override the withdrawal date, enter the desired date. If the return
is e-filed after April 15th, the program will default to the date the return is
entered. The IRS will debit the account on the first business day following
acceptance. Default dates will not appear on the screen.
23 Click Close.
24 If the client participates in EFW, a daytime phone number is required.
Verify the taxpayer’s daytime phone number is entered on the General
Information screen.
Note
Taxpayers may pay their federal taxes using a credit card. Visit www.irs.
gov for details. Do not complete the Direct Deposit and Electronic Funds
Withdrawal grid. There is a finance charge associated with this service.
A 1040-V will print in case the taxpayer decides to pay by check. State
credit card options vary. Check with the individual states for details.
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25 The IRS has mandated the use of the PIN Program for all tax returns.
Use of the PIN will generate Form 8879. Form 8453 is a transmittal for
certain forms that cannot be e-filed. Refer to Personal Identification
Number (PIN) Program for detailed PIN and Form 8453 information.
26 Enter a 5-digit PIN for the taxpayer and spouse (if applicable).
27 Enter a 5-digit PIN for you, the ERO. This number must remain the
same on all returns associated with the ERO.
Note
To default the taxpayer, spouse, and ERO PINs for all e-file returns,
enter the 5-digit number for each. Press Ctrl+D on each field to set
the default. Click OK. PINs will only be activated if a signature date is
entered.
28 Only check the Taxpayer(s) entered PIN(s) box if the taxpayers entered
their own PINs.
29 Enter the Signature Date.
Note
Enter the letter “T” in any date field to auto-fill the current date.
30 After entering all tax and e-file information, check the return for EF
Audits by clicking Review or Audits on the button bar.
Note
Simplify the PIN process for repeat clients by using the Self-Select PIN
Program. Refer to the Self-Select PIN Program section.
31 Click Fix Now to correct any EF Audits. Click Review or Audits
again, if applicable. If you cannot click Audits because it is dimmed,
this means there are no Audits to view.
Click Fix Now to
access the field
in the return that
requires
attention.
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32 Verify that federal and state (if applicable) Form 8879 and 8453 (if
applicable) were generated. Print Form(s) and have the taxpayer(s) sign
the forms BEFORE transmitting the return to the Filing Center.
Note
A client’s e-file and Form 8879, and 8453 if applicable, will not be
generated until all EF Audits, filtered by the software, have been
corrected. We cannot verify SSN/Name mismatches. You must click
Review, instead of Audits, to generate the e-file return.
33 Click Create E-File(s) above the Forms pane to move the client’s e-file
to the E-File Center transmission screen. Click OK.
Click Create E-File(s) when
ready, to allow the return to
be sent to the IRS and/or state.
If the return contains a state e-file type of Direct or State Only, an
additional screen will appear. Verify that the state returns are ready to
e-file and check the corresponding boxes. If applicable, untag returns
that are not ready to e-file. Click OK.
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Transmit Directly to Filing Center
To transmit an e-file return without going to the EF Center, click Settings
and select EF Settings. Under the EF Switches tab check Allow for
Transmitting Directly to the Filing Center From Create E-File.
After reviewing a return, click the Create E-File button. The following
screen will appear.
Sends return to Filing Center
bypassing E-File Center.
Moves return to E-File Center.
Log in to E-File Center to
transmit return to Filing
Center.
Click Transmit Directly to Filing Center to move the return to the Filing
Center, ready for transmission to the IRS and/or States. This eliminates
the need of logging into the E-File Center and selecting the return in Send
Clients.
To print a transmission report for all returns transmitted to the Filing Center
from the Review screen, log into the E-File Center. Select Reports. Click
Transmissions. Enter desired beginning and ending date.
State Electronic Filing
The following states can be e-filed:
1040: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS,
KY, LA, MA, MBT, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ,
NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, UT, VA, VT, WI, and WV
1041: MA, MBT, NY
1065: AL, CA, CO, GA, ID, KS, MA, MD, ME, MBT, MD, MI, MN, MS,
MT, ND, NY, PA, UT, WI, WI Est. Pmts., WV
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1120: AL, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, KS, LA, MA, MBT, MD, ME, MI,
MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, WI, WI Est. Pmts.,
WV
1120S: AL, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, KS, LA, MA, MBT, MD, ME, MI, MN,
MO, MS, MT, ND, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, WI, WI Est. Pmts., WV
Note
Note
State programming is contingent on release of specifications by the states.
Therefore, this list is subject to change.
Implementation and start dates vary by state. We will pass information to
you through Alerts as plans are finalized. To manually check this
information click the Help menu and select Release Dates.
You can e-file one or more state returns for each taxpayer. You can also
e-file most state returns with or without the federal return. There are three
types of state e-file returns:
State Return Types
Piggyback (PB) – Piggyback state returns are sent to the IRS with the federal return. They cannot be sent after the federal has been accepted; they
must be sent initially with the federal. You can only file ONE state return
piggyback. Piggyback state e-file clients will appear on the E-File Center,
Send Clients screen with the state noted in the State column. The federal
e-file return will have FED noted in the IRS column. All states except CA,
IL, MA, ME, MN and PR can be sent piggyback.
State Only (SO) – State Only returns are sent to the IRS separate from the
federal return. You can e-file MULTIPLE State Only states per client. State
Only e-file clients will appear on the E-File Center, Send Clients screen with
the state noted in the State column. If a federal e-file return is sent, it will
appear on a separate line with FED noted in the IRS column. State Only
states include: AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY,
LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA,
RI, SC, UT, VA, VT, WI, and WV.
Direct – Direct state e-file returns are sent directly to the state, separate
from the federal return. You can e-file MULTIPLE Direct states per client.
Direct e-file clients will appear on the E-File Center Send Clients screen
with the state noted in the State column. If a federal e-file return is sent, it
will appear on a separate line with FED noted in the IRS column. CA, IL,
MA, ME, MN, and PR can only be sent as Direct states.
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State E-File Defaults
Refer to Helpful E-File Tools at the end of Step 1 for details on setting state
e-file defaults.
Note
Reference State E-File Information for detailed individual state requirements. This can be accessed by clicking the EF Ctr button. From the
Overview screen select State EF Information under State Links.
Personal Identification Number (PIN)
There are two PIN programs: Practitioner PIN will generate Form 8879 and
must be retained by the ERO for 3 years. The Self-Select PIN will not generate a signature document. Prior year AGI amounts are required in lieu of
the signature.
Practitioner PIN Program
Practitioner PIN program information is entered on the General Information
screen.
Check only if the taxpayer
typed in the PIN.
Taxpayer/Spouse PINs
The taxpayer and spouse can select their own PINs. Each is composed of 5 digits. All zeros are not permitted. The taxpayer and spouse PINs can be the same.
ERO PIN
The ERO must select a PIN. This PIN must remain constant for all returns
submitted at one location. If the ERO moves from one office to another, a
unique PIN must be used for each office.
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Note
To default the taxpayer, spouse, and ERO PINs, while in each field enter
the 5-digit number. Press Ctrl+D to set the default. Click OK. The PIN
numbers will only be activated if a signature date is entered.
PIN Input Verification
Do not check the Taxpayer(s) entered PIN(s) box unless the taxpayers
touched your keyboard and entered their own PINs. The default is Preparer
(ERO) entered Taxpayer(s) PIN(s).
Signature Date
A Signature Date noting when the taxpayer PIN was entered is required. If
taxpayer and spouse PINs were entered on different dates, use the taxpayer
date. Touch the letter “T,” while in this field to auto-fill the current date.
PIN Exclusions
n Primary taxpayers under age 16 who have never filed.
n Secondary taxpayers under age 16 who did not file the immediate prior
year.
n Legal or illegal aliens with SSNs not valid for employment (Citizenship
Code C or D).
Form 8879 – IRS E-File Signature Authorization Form
n Taxpayers can enter their own PINs or the taxpayer and/or spouse can
authorize the ERO to enter their PINs for them. It is not acceptable for a
taxpayer to enter the PIN of a spouse who is not present.
n Form 8879 must be signed by the taxpayer.
n Form 8879 can be provided to the taxpayer personally, by mail, or by
fax.
n Form 8879 must be returned to the ERO before the return is e-filed.
n The ERO must retain Form 8879 for 3 years.
n The ERO can provide a copy of Form 8879 to the taxpayer upon
request.
n If corrections must be made to Form 8879 due to changes or rejections,
a new Form 8879 must be used.
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Self-Select PIN Program
Self- Select Pin information is entered on the EF-E-File screen.
Use Self-Select Pin
Check the Yes box to elect to use the Self-Select Pin program.
Taxpayer/Spouse Prior Year PIN
Enter the taxpayer and spouse PIN from the prior year.
Taxpayer/Spouse Prior Year AGI
Enter the taxpayer and spouse adjusted gross income from the prior year tax
return. If you filed Married Filing Joint or the spouse did not work, the taxpayer and spouse AGIs should match.
Note
Prior year PIN and AGI amounts will carry forward during the update
process, if applicable. Those who forget their client’s PIN and prior year
AGI can go to the IRS website, and by submitting the client’s personal
information (birthdate, SSN, etc.) will receive a ‘Token’ containing the
client’s prior year PIN and AGI.
Taxpayer/Spouse PINs
The taxpayer and spouse can select their own PINs. Each is composed of 5 digits. All zeros are not permitted. The taxpayer and spouse PINs can be the same.
ERO PIN
The ERO must select a PIN. This PIN must remain constant for all returns
submitted at one location. If the ERO moves from one office to another, a
unique PIN must be used for each office.
PIN Input Verification
Do not check the Taxpayer(s) entered PIN(s) box unless the taxpayers
touched your keyboard and entered their own PINs. The default is Preparer
(ERO) entered Taxpayer(s) PIN(s).
Signature Date
A Signature Date noting when the taxpayer PIN was entered is required. If
taxpayer and spouse PINs were entered on different dates, use the taxpayer
date. Touch the letter “T,” while in this field to auto-fill the current date.
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The signature form is eliminated when using the self-select PIN program.
Form 8453 – U.S. Individual Income Tax Declaration for
an E-file Return
Form 8453 will only be generated if the return contains forms or supporting documents that are required to be mailed to the IRS for e-filed returns.
Form 8879 will also be generated and must be signed by the taxpayer(s) and
ERO. Reference EF-E-File screen for a list of supporting document forms.
E-File Notes
With the use of a PIN, e-filing is truly a paperless process. The IRS allows
electronic notes and explanations for e-file returns. To access notes and
explanations, while in the client’s return, click the Utilities menu and select
Notes. The screen acts as a word processor. Notes and explanation pages
will print as part of the return.
There are four tabs to select from. The first tab, Notes, will not go to the
IRS. Notes can be as long as you want. You can enter as many notes as you
wish. Information on the other three EF tabs are sent to the IRS as part of
the e-file. They are limited to one note each and can contain no more than
4,000 characters.
Notes
Notes are NOT included in the IRS e-file. Notes are items you may want to
follow up on, specific client needs, missing information, etc.
EF Preparer Notes
EF Preparer Notes are included in the IRS e-file. Click this tab from the
Notes screen to provide additional voluntary information related to the tax
return but is not required.
EF Election Explanation
EF Election Explanations are included in the IRS e-file. Click this tab when
the taxpayer makes an election.
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EF Regulatory Explanation
EF Regulatory Explanations are included in the IRS e-file. They are similar to
EF Election Explanations, but are used when the taxpayer cites a specific regulation. The specific “regulation” must be cited, followed by an explanation or
other supporting information.
Information entered under
this tab will NOT be
included in the e-file sent to
the IRS.
Information entered in
these tabs will be included
in the e-file sent to the IRS.
Helpful E-File Tools
EF Settings
We have included several options to help simplify the e-file process and create more accurate e-file returns. These tools can be accessed by clicking the
Settings menu, selecting EF Settings, and clicking the EF Switches tab. Tag
the items you want to activate. Click OK to save the changes and exit.
Check to prompt for reentry
of key e-file information.
Check to view anticipated
refund cycle dates on the
toolbar.
If participating in Financial
Products, check to validate
that preparer fees were
entered in the client return.
Check to default e-filing for
all 1040 federal returns.
Check to default e-filing for
all 1040 state returns.
Check to allow sending
returns directly to the Filing
Center bypassing the need
to log into the E-File Center.
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Refresh EF Status
We have included columns in the Client Selection screen that allow you
to view e-file and bank statuses without going to the EF Center. You must
have Internet access to update information to the Client Selection screen.
However, if you are running on a network, other computers without Internet
access can view the status after it has been updated.
To update the e-file and bank statuses on the Client Selection screen, tag the
clients and click EF Status on the button bar. The current e-file statuses will
appear in the EF Fed Status, EF State Status, and EF Bank Status columns. If
more than one state was e-filed, the resident state will appear in the EF State
Status column.
Click to update and view e-file
and bank statuses.
Step 2 – E-File Center
The program has a powerful e-file command center. The E-File Center
allows you to send, view, and track e-file and Financial Product information
from one location.
With this feature, your information will reside on a secure server instead of
on your network or hard drive. This eliminates lost transmissions, acknowledgments, check print records, as well as several keystrokes. You can access
the E-File Center anywhere you have internet access.
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E-File Center Login
In order to access the E-File Center you must have an Internet connection.
1 Click EF Ctr on the button bar.
2 The E-File Center login screen will appear.
You have the ability to login to the E-File Center as the Administrator or
as a user. It will be necessary for the Administrator to perform the initial
setup, as they will have the ability to see all user names and passwords.
If you are the only person in the office, follow the Administrator instructions.
Note
3 If this is the first time you are accessing the E-File Center, enter your
User Name and Password as the following:
• Administrator – Enter your Account Number for the User Name
and your Charge Number for the Password as they appear on your
2011 License Notice.
• User – Enter the User Name set up by your Administrator, and enter
the word password (all lowercase) as your Password.
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Click the Log In button.
For security reasons, we recommend that you create unique user names for each
individual in your office who will access the E-File Center. Reference steps 8
through 14 for details.
Check the Keep me logged in box to make sure your session in the E-File
Center does not expire.
4 A screen will appear requiring you to create a unique User Name and
Password.
• Administrator – Enter your First Name, Last Name, and User Name.
Enter a new password and verify it.
• User – Your First Name, Last Name, and User Name will already be
filled in. If you want to make changes, delete the entries and type in the
desired names. Enter a new password and verify it.
Note
You may be prompted to create additional user names – refer to the E-File
Center overview for additional instructions.
Note
For security reasons, we do not recommend the sharing of User Name and
Password information.
5 Enter your e-mail address for recovery purposes and verify the e-mail
address. Select a security question and provide the answer.
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6 Click Submit.
7 You have successfully completed the Security setup.
8 You will be asked to re-log into the E-File Center using the new password
you just set. Reenter your User Name and the new Password. Click the Log
In button. You are now in the E-File Center.
You may also click the Manage User link at the top of the screen to reset
your own password.
Note
The first time you log in with your new password, a screen will appear
suggesting you create additional User Names for your office. There will
also be a Financial Products enrollment screen which may be bypassed by
clicking Proceed to the E-File Center.
Click Security to reset or
recover existing passwords.
Note
To reset existing passwords, click Security, then Edit Login.
9 To set up additional Users, click the Security link.
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This link will only appear if you are logged in as the Administrator.
10The Manage User Names screen will appear.
Click to add new users.
Click to delete a user.
Click to edit user login
information.
11Click the Add button to set up additional User Logins.
12Enter the user’s First Name, Last Name, and User Name. The Password
will automatically be set as password until the user changes it the first time
they log into the E-File Center.
13Tag the areas of the E-File Center the user will be able to access. The default
is access to all areas.
14Click Submit when complete.
15A screen will appear stating your new login has been added. Click Finish.
Note
The owner of the new user account will be prompted to reset the User Name
and Password when logging in to the E-File Center for the first time. The
Administrator will need to inform the user of the User Name and Password,
which is password.
16If you need to make changes to existing user logins, click the Security link on
the Overview screen.
17Click the Edit Login link for the user you wish to edit.
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18You have the ability to change the user’s first name and last name, create
a new user name, reset the password, and edit access to areas of the E-File
Center. Make the applicable changes and click Submit.
19You have the ability to reset a password, or recover an existing password. To
perform these functions, click the Exit Login link. Click the Reset Password
button. Note on the screen that the password will be reset to your ‘charge
number’ if you are the Administrator, or to ‘password’ for all other users.
20If you are a user and have forgotten your password, click the EF Ctr button.
The Login screen will appear.
21Click the Forgot Username/Password links.
Click to recover login user
name and password.
22Fill in the Security Questions, which consist of account number, security
question, answer to your security question, and e-mail address you entered
during your initial login. Click Submit to have your user name and password
emailed to you.
23Access your email account to retrieve your login user name and password
information.
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E-File Center – Overview
The Overview screen is the command center. It is from the Overview screen
that you will access all e-file and bank features and information.
E-File Center buttons – The following buttons are located across the top of
the E-File Center screen:
n Overview – Links to the Overview screen, covered in items 1 through
19.
n Send Clients – Links to the Send Clients screen where you will
transmit e-file and bank returns to the Filing Center.
n Acknowledgements – Links to federal and state Acknowledgments
and Confirmation Letters.
n Database – Links to the Database screen, allowing you to select and view e-file and bank status information on clients that have been transmitted to the Filing Center, IRS, states, and bank.
n Bank – Links to the Bank screen, allowing you to view and print
bank checks, and view a summary of information and items
received from the bank.
n Reports – Links to the Reports screen, allowing you to view and
print various e-file and bank reports. Also includes Archived e-file
and bank reports, Alerts, and other times that were previously
viewed.
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2
3
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
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19
1 Account – Displays your account number for quick reference.
2 Overview – Displays the main screen which allows you to link to
features where you can perform e-file and financial product tasks.
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3 System Selection – Drop down box allows selection for specific e-file
systems.
4 Español – Toggles to a Spanish version of the E-File Center.
5 Manage User – Allows you to reset your password and related security
items.
6 Security – Allows you to secure E-File Center options by user.
7 Log Out – Allows you to log out of the E-File Center.
8 Search – Allows you to track returns by SSN, EIN, or last name and
view detailed client information.
9 Return Mode – There are three e-file return modes:
n Standard – Use when working with regular e-file returns.
n Extensions – Use when working with e-file extensions.
n Other – Use when working with other e-file returns (e.g. amended
returns).
10Samples – Move radio button to On to simulate the e-file process.
Returns will be passed through Filing Center steps but will not go to the
IRS/States/Banks. Move radio button to Off when working with live
e-files.
11 New – Links to new items that have never been viewed.
12Pending – Links to returns that need to be sent, are at the Filing Center/
IRS/State, unresolved rejects, and returns awaiting bank approval.
13 Historical Totals – Keeps a running history of the number of e-file
returns that have been accepted, as well as financial products that have
been approved.
14 Firm Information – Allows you to change the firm information that
will print on E-File Center reports vs. pulling the firm data entered within the software.
15 Multiple Office Management (MOM) – Allows you to access and
manage multiple office information and reports. (For users with multiple
accounts and offices.) Refer to Multiple Office Management in this section for details in working with this feature.
16Compare Financial Products – Provides a comparison of fees for all
banks.
17Financial Product Enrollment – Links to the Financial Product
Enrollment screen and helpful bank information.
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18Helpful Links – Links to helpful IRS information, IRS websites, and
program documents.
19State Links – Links to helpful state information and state websites.
Note
To link to Alerts from within the E-File Center, click Alerts located
under the New section.
Note
Refer to other E-File Center items located in this section after Step 5 –
Correcting Rejects.
Step 3 – Transmitting Returns
1Click EF Ctr on the program button bar.
2 Enter your User Name and Password. Click Login.
3 From the System drop down box, select 1040.
4 From the Overview screen, click Send Clients.
Note
In order to provide greater security and privacy in the E-File Center, all
SSNs/EINs are masked in an XXX-XX-1234 format.
5 Tag client e-files that are ready for transmission. If a client you want
to transmit is not listed on the Send Clients screen, return to Clients.
Open the client, and make sure the File Federal Return Electronically
box is checked. Review the return and verify Form 8879. Click Create
E-File(s) to move the client to the Send Clients screen.
Note
To remove a client from the Send Clients screen, tag the client and click
Delete.
6 After clients are tagged, click Send.
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7 Verify the transmission totals and click OK.
8 The transmission process will take place. Returns will be sent to the
Filing Center.
9 After the transmission process, the Transmission Report will appear.
View, print, e-mail, or save the report as PDF. Click Close to return to
the Send Clients screen.
Click to print the Transmission
Report.
The E-File Center
assigns a confirmation number, validating the return
was transmitted
successfully.
Step 4 – Handling Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments will automatically appear in the E-File Center when
available. MeF acknowledgments take between 5 minutes and one hour.
Legacy 1040 and direct state acknowledgments take 4 to 12 hours. State
Only and Piggyback state acknowledgments are received approximately 48
to 72 hours after transmitting.
1Click EF Ctr on the button bar.
2 Enter your User Name and Password. Click Login.
3 From the System drop down box, select 1040.
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4 Click the Acknowledgements button or click Acknowledgements
under the New section.
Acknowledgments that are bold with a highlighted background are new
and have never been viewed. Viewed acknowledgments will appear as
regular text without a highlighted background.
Note
5 To view Acknowledgment Reports, click the transmission date, or tag
the acknowledgment(s) and click View.
6 Acknowledgment report(s) will appear. Among the icon selections are
Print, E-mail Report, or Save as PDF. Click the red ‘X’ tab to Close.
7 To remove clients from the Acks screen, tag the acknowledgment(s)
and click Archive. Acknowledgments will be deleted from the screen
and saved to an archive directory. To view archived acknowledgments,
click Reports on the button bar.
The bottom of the Acknowledgment Report includes legends for information noted on the report.
Tip
8 To view Confirmation Letters, click the applicable Confirmation
Letters link.
9 A list of accepted clients will appear. Click the client’s name, or tag the
client(s) and click View.
Select to view the client’s
Confirmation Letter.
10The Confirmation Letter will appear. Print, E-mail Report or
Archived. Close by returning to the overview screen.
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11Upon your exit, a screen will appear, asking if you printed the
Confirmation Letter. Click Yes or No. A date will appear in the Printed/
E-mailed column on the screen.
12You may also email Confirmation Letters. The e-mail address defaults
from the entry on the General Information screen. To edit or add an
e-mail address, click Edit. Enter the correct email address and click
Save. Tag clients and click E-mail. A message will appear, confirming
the email was sent. Click OK.
Note
Note
Emails sent through the E-File Center are sent through an unmonitored
email account. This is due to the fact that some ISPs may block emails
with From addresses that do not match the domain server. Emails will be
sent through the E-File Center with the domain server and the From field
matching. The preparer’s email address will be included in the body of the
email. You also have the ability to type a message to your clients before
sending the email.
From the Client Selection screen you can view limited EF Status
information. You can also right click on a client and select Quick EF
lookup to view more EF Client information.
Step 5 – Correcting Rejects
If you receive an acknowledgment noting a return was rejected, determine
the error. Error codes and business rules are explained in detail on the
Acknowledgment Report. You can also view rejects from the Overview
screen under Pending, Rejects or from the Database button, which has several reject links.
1 After determining the reject problem, return to Clients. Open the client
and make the necessary corrections.
2 Review the return and verify Form 8879. Click Create E-File(s). Verify
the information and click OK.
3 Repeat Step 3 – Transmitting Returns.
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For a detailed list of federal reject codes, reference the online knowledge
base. For state reject codes, reference individual state e-file handbooks.
E-Filing Imperfect Returns
The IRS and states will accept e-filing of imperfect individual returns on
second or subsequent transmissions for returns relating only to reject codes
501 or 504 (dependent name control and SSN mismatch).
On the first transmission of a return containing a dependent name/SSN mismatch, the IRS acknowledgment will be returned with a code “R,” indicating “Rejected.” Instructions will be noted in the acknowledgment on how to
handle the reject. Verify the data and make corrections if applicable. Repeat
the transmission process.
If you find the information to be correct, the return may be retransmitted as
an imperfect return, and will go through exception processing. To send an
imperfect return:
1Click Clients. Highlight the client and click Open. Select EF - E-File
from the Forms pane. Check the Mark return as “Imperfect” box.
Repeat the transmission process.
2 When the IRS acknowledgment is received, a code “E” will be returned,
indicating “Exception Processing.” The IRS will accept the return into the
system, but the related credit(s) or exemption(s) may be disallowed. The
IRS will send a notice to the taxpayers. The taxpayers will need to contact the IRS or the Social Security Administration to clear up the related
dependent name/SSN mismatch. Processing of the return will be delayed.
Note
Note
States will also accept imperfect individual returns with reject codes 501
or 504. Therefore, federal imperfect returns can be sent with a state
piggyback return. (Step 1 on how to e-file imperfect returns applies to
federal and state.)
Do not check the Mark return as “Imperfect” box on first e-file transmission.
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E-File Test Procedures
You can test sending an e-file return through the program. To do so, you
must be in the Samples folder on the Client Selection screen. The procedure
is the same as regular e-filing, EXCEPT when you get to the E-File Center,
select the 1040 system, and move Samples mode radio button to ON. For
testing purposes, the DCN will be your EFIN and five zeros. An Alert Bar
will appear noting that you are in Samples Simulation Mode. While in
Samples Simulation mode, under Tools, click Samples Simulation, to set
manual work flow process. This will allow you to manually move the return
through each e-file step including: Send to IRS, Receive State Acks, Print
Bank Checks, etc.
You will be able to test transmitting a return, and viewing/printing a
transmission report, acknowledgment report, and bank check, if applicable.
After sending the test return, refer to the instructions printed on the sample
transmission report for viewing/printing sample acknowledgments and bank
checks.
E-File Center Database
We have provided a utility to help you track the status of your e-file and
bank clients. After transmitting clients to the E-File Center, you will be able
to view the status of returns as they progress through the E-File Center, IRS,
state, and bank.
From the Overview screen, click the Database button. The initial Database
screen gives a quick summary of all available database options. Select one
of the available options.
You will link to a grid listing clients meeting criteria for the option selected.
The grid has several columns noting information related to the option selected. Click on the column header to sort the grid per the selected column.
Click a client’s name to view detailed client information.
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Find a specific client by
entering the name or SSN.
Click the name to view
detailed client information.
Click to view the report.
Open the drop down windows
to view each section.
E-File Center Reports
We have provided several e-file and bank reports to help manage your clients’ information. From the Overview screen, click the Reports button.
Select one of the reports.
You will link to a screen asking you to enter various report limitations.
Select the report by SSN, date range, type and status, and sort by options.
Click View to create and view the report. You can print, e-mail, export to
Excel, or save the report in PDF.
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Note
A report listing clients Marked for E-File, Not Transmitted is available in
the program. Click the Mgmt button and select Reports.
E-File Center Archive
After viewing alerts, transmissions, acknowledgments, and bank reports,
you may want to archive them for later access.
Archiving Items
For our example we will archive an acknowledgment report. From the
Overview screen, click the Acknowledgements button. Tag a report and
click the Archive button. The acknowledgment will be moved to an archive
location. Click OK.
Accessing Archived Items
From the Overview screen, click the Reports button. Select the archived
item you want to access. You will link to a grid allowing you to view and
print archived items.
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E-File Center Helpful Links
We know how helpful it is to have ready access to many e-file and bank
documents. From the E-File Center, Overview screen we have provided
access to several helpful documents. In addition, we allow you to link to
IRS and state websites. Click any of the items listed under Helpful Links
and State Links to view and access helpful information.
Click to access
helpful e-file
information.
Multiple Office Management (MOM)
The Multiple Office Management (MOM) utility allows tax preparation
firms with multiple locations to manage and view all or limited offices
e-file and bank activity. This utility allows you to establish tier structures.
Designate a parent, child, and other groups as applicable.
From the E-File Center Overview screen click MOM under the Tools menu.
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1 Home – Click to return to the MOM home page.
2 Office Views – Allows you to view information for all offices, office
trees, add and manage office groups, and search for a specific office.
3 Reporting – Allows you to view reports for office trees, full listings, or
organization.
4 Exit MOM – Exits the MOM Utility and returns you to the E-File
Center.
5 Account – Displays office account number assigned by the software.
Click Manage to display screen allowing you to view and manage
office detail for applicable account number.
6 Search – Allows you to search for a specific office by account number,
address, city, state, contact name or office name.
7 Return Mode:
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Standard – Use when working with regular e-file returns.
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Extensions – Use when working with e-file extension returns.
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Other – Use when working with other e-file returns.
(e.g. amended)
8 Samples – Move radio button to On to work in e-file sample simulation
mode. Move radio button to Off to work in live e-file return mode.
9 Office Group Setup – Allows you to create unique groups.
10Options – This option allows you to select Office Only Overview
displaying an overview of the office information. The Office & Tree
Overview displays offices associated with the parent office in a ‘tree’
format.
11Actions – Click Reporting to produce federal, state, bank and other
reports. Click Manage Office to view specific ‘sub’ office or ‘child’
office details. Click Add Child Office to add ‘child’ or additional offices to the ‘parent’ or main company tree.
12Action Items – Displays a summary of the items that need action. Items
include financial product enrollment, fees, reject returns and checks to
print.
13Current Status – Displays the number of returns that are in send clients, at the filing center, IRS and states.
14Daily Activities – Displays daily activity totals for federal and state
returns, and financial products.
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Creating a Group
To set up groups, from the Home page click Office Group Setup.
Click + Add New Group.
Enter the Group Name and Group Description. Click +Add Offices to
Group.
Tag desired offices to add to group and click Submit.
A banner will appear, confirming that offices have been added to the group.
To add additional groups, select the Office Views tab. Click Office Groups
and then Management.
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Establishing a ‘Parent’ or ‘Child’
nParent
By default, all offices (and newly created accounts) in an organization
point to the master account/office as the ‘Parent’. Offices can be moved
under other accounts as ‘Child’ accounts. Therefore, an office becomes
a parent inherently by adding offices under it using the ‘Add Child
Office(s)’ feature.
nChild
To add a child(ren), select the Office Views tab. Click Full Office
Listing or Office Tree. Locate desired parent office and click Add
Child Office(s). Tag desired ‘Child Offices’ and click Add.
1040 IRS E-File
E-File Service Centers
The IRS has five 1040 e-file processing centers: Andover, Austin, Fresno,
Kansas City, and Philadelphia. For you, the user, service center assignments
will be handled through the program.
1040 e-file processing and Help Desk phone support will be handled at two
centers.
• Andover will handle Andover and Kansas City e-files.
• Austin will handle Austin, Fresno, and Philadelphia e-files.
Note
The software supports e-filing for Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income
Exclusions. All e-file returns containing Form 2555 will be e-filed and
handled through the Austin center.
IRS E-Help Phone Number
The IRS has one centralized toll-free number for e-file help. The e-help
number is menu driven. Proceed through appropriate prompts in order to
speak to the applicable e-file processing center. You can speak to a live
attendant or leave a message.
The IRS e-help telephone number is 1-866-255-0654.
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Form 8453
Form 8453 will only be generated if the return contains forms or supporting documents, that are required to be mailed to the IRS for e-filed returns.
These include: Rev Proc 2009-20, 1098-C, 2848, 3115, 3468, 4136, 5713,
8283, 8332, 8858, 8864, 8885, and 8949. Form 8879 will also be
generated and must be signed by the taxpayer(s) and ERO.
Internal Revenue Service
Attn: Shipping and Receiving, 0254
Receipt and Control Branch
Austin, TX 73344-0254
Note
State Signature document requirements vary per state. Reference the
individual state e-file handbooks or view the state requirements from the
E-File Center Overview screen, State EF Information link.
1040 Modernized e-File (MeF)
MeF stands for Modernized e-File. The IRS has used this platform when
e-filing business returns for several years. The IRS is migrating individual
returns to this platform in a three phase process. All of the work is done by
the software, behind the scenes.
What you will notice is near real-time transmission and acknowledgments.
A response time of about five minutes should be expected during non-peak
periods. Drains still apply if returns do not meet MeF criteria, requiring
e-file returns to be filed under the Legacy platform used to e-file individual
returns for years. MeF will also allow filing of prior year 1040 returns going
forward. For example, on January 2012, 1040 MeF will accept tax year
2011, 2010 and 2009 returns meeting MeF criteria. Year round filing is also
available. Reject codes are similar to the Legacy platform you are accustomed to but will appear in a different format. They are referred to as business rules.
Individual states are also migrating to the MeF platform. The states that we
will support include: AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY,
LA, ME, MD, MO, MI, MT, NE, NJ, NM, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC,
UT, VA, and WI. Others will be added as they become available.
In the E-File Center, the Send Clients screen has an additional column indicating whether the return is sent through the MeF platform. Other e-file
reports will also include this column.
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To opt-out of MeF on a specific tax return, while in a return choose EF E-File from the Forms pane. Check the Opt Out of 1040 MeF (Federal
and State) for this return box.
Check this box to opt-out
of MeF for this return.
Federal returns with piggyback states not available in the MeF program will
automatically be sent via Legacy format.
1040 Drain Times
The software has an automated E-File Center that operates day and night. It
also handles federal, state, and bank transmission and receipt processes.
1040 Drain Times
View the latest e-file drain times in the E-File Center. From the Overview
screen click Drain Times in the IRS Links box.
Note
Legacy and MeF drain times are different. Times indicated are one hour
before IRS drain times to ensure that returns will be processed for the
applicable drain.
IRS Funding Cycles
The IRS processes returns daily, but funding cycles occur once a week (for
both paper and e-file). To assure returns make the weekly funding cycle,
returns must receive an acceptance in the Thursday morning drains.
The software will notify all users via Alerts if drain times change. From the
E-File Center Overview screen, you can also click the Drain Times link.
To access the IRS Refund Cycle Chart, noting when clients can anticipate
the receipt of refunds, from the E-File Center Overview screen, click the
Refund Cycle Chart link.
For the past few years, the IRS has been implementing a system known as
CADE (Customer Account Data Engine) to process tax return data more
quickly. This allows taxpayers to receive their refunds sooner and allows
IRS Customer Service representatives access to accurate and up-to-date
information.
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With CADE, some clients may receive refunds more quickly than is indicated on the IRS Refund Cycle Chart. However, the IRS will not include ALL
taxpayers with the above criteria, and they do not indicate specific returns,
which have fallen into the CADE processing.
E-File Extensions
Forms 4868, 7004, 8868 (Automatic Extensions of Time) can be filed electronically. The e-file extension process works like regular e-filing with the
following exceptions: Form 4868 is used for 1040 extensions; Form 7004
is used for business extensions (1065, 1120, 1120S); Form 8868 is used for
990 extensions.
Form 4868 (1040 Extension)
1 Check the File Form 4868 extension electronically box on the GI
screen instead of File Federal Return Electronically.
2 On the EXT-4868 screen, select the appropriate Extension Option from
the dropdown box.
3 On the E-File Center Overview screen, select 1040 from the System
drop down box and then click the Extensions tab.
Note
If you e-file a 1040 extension, you can later e-file your client’s 1040 return.
When you do this, uncheck the boxes you checked in steps 1 and 2 above.
Check the File Federal Return Electronically box on the GI screen. Follow
the e-file instructions for 1040 returns.
Form 8878 will be generated if an Electronic Funds Withdrawal was
requested with the extension.
Form 7004 (1065, 1120, and 1120S Extensions)
1 On the General Information screen click the Electronic filing options
link to access the e-file screen.
2 Complete the applicable information in the Electronic Filing section.
3 In the Extension section, click the extension link to access the Form
7004 input screen.
4 Complete the applicable information on Form 7004.
5 Refer to the 1040 e-file section and complete the creating and sending
an e-file return process.
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6 On the E-File Center Overview screen, select the applicable system
(1065, 1120, 1120S). Click the Business Extensions tab to access the
e-file returns. Click the Send tab to send the return(s) to the Filing
Center.
Form 8868 (990 Extension)
1 From the forms list, select EF-EF Options.
2 Complete the applicable information in the Electronic Filing section.
3 In the Extension section, click the extension link to access the Form 8868
input screen.
4 Complete the applicable information on Form 8868.
5 Refer to the 1040 e-file section and complete the creating and sending an
e-file return process.
6 On the E-File Center Overview screen, select the system 990 from the
dropdown box. Click the Other tab to access the e-file returns. Click the
Send tab to send the return(s) to the Filing Center.
Software Extension Drain Times
View the latest e-file drain times in the E-File Center. From the Overview
screen, click Drain Times in the Helpful Links box.
990 E-File
The IRS has mandated that all 990 Exempt Organizations with assets of $10
million or more and filing 250 federal returns must file Form 990 electronically.
The 990 e-file process is similar to the 1040.
1 From the forms list, select EF-EF Options.
2 Complete the applicable information in the Electronic Filing Options
screen.
3 On the E-File Center Overview screen, select 990 from the System
dropdown box.
Reference www.irs.gov/efile/article/0,,id+108211,00.html for 990 IRS
instructions (no related IRS publication number).
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Software 990 Drain Times
View the latest e-file drain times in the E-File Center. From the Overview
screen, click Drain Times in the Helpful Links box.
IRS 990 E-help Phone Number
1-866-255-0654 – Ogden
Form 8879-EO Retention
You must use the Practitioner PIN program. You will need to have the client
sign Form 8879-EO before transmitting the return. This must be retained by
the ERO for 3 years.
990 IRS E-File Application
To participate in the IRS 990 e-file program, you must file Form 8633 with the
IRS. Check box 990 under question #4. The easiest way to apply is through
IRS e-services at http://www.irs.gov/taxpros/article/0,, id=109646,00.html.
1041 E-File
The 1041 e-file process is similar to the 1040.
1 On the General Information screen click the Electronic filing options
link to access the e-file screen.
2 Complete the applicable information on the Electronic Filing Options
screen.
3 Refer to the 1040 e-file section and complete the creating and sending
an e-file return process.
4 On the E-File Center Overview screen, select 1041 from the System
dropdown box.
1041 Drain Times
View the latest e-file drain times in the E-File Center. From the Overview
screen, click Drain Times in the Helpful Links box.
IRS 1041 E-help Phone Number
1-866-255-0654 – Ogden
Form 8879F Retention
When using the PIN program, the client must sign Form 8879F before transmitting the return. This must be retained by the ERO for three years.
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1041 IRS E-File Application
To participate in the IRS 1041 e-file program, you must file Form 8633 with the
IRS. Check box 1041 under question #4. The easiest way to apply is through
IRS e-services at http://www.irs.gov/taxpros/article/0,,id=109646,00.html.
1065 E-File
The IRS mandated all partnerships with 100 or more K-1s to be filed electronically. A $50 penalty for each K-1 over 100 is imposed.
The 1065 e-file process is similar to the 1040.
1 On the General Information screen click the Electronic filing options
link to access the e-file screen.
2 Complete the applicable information on the Electronic Filing Options
screen.
3 Refer to the 1040 e-file section and complete the creating and sending
an e-file return process.
4 On the E-File Center Overview screen, select 1065 from the System
dropdown box.
Reference IRS Pub 4163 and 4164 for 1065 MeF details.
1065 Drain Times
View the latest e-file drain times in the E-File Center. From the Overview
screen, click Drain Times in the Helpful Links box.
IRS 1065 E-help Phone Number
1-866-255-0654 – Ogden
Form 8879-PE Retention
When using the PIN program, the client must sign Form 8879-PE before
transmitting the return. This must be retained by the ERO for three years.
1065 IRS E-File Application
To participate in the IRS 1065 e-file program, you must file Form
8633 with the IRS. Check box 1065 under question #4. The easiest
way to apply is through IRS e-services at http://www.irs.gov/taxpros/
article/0,,id=109646,00.html.
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1120/1120S E-File
The IRS has mandated that all 1120/1120S corporations with assets of $10
million or more and filing 250 federal returns must file form 1120/1120S
electronically.
The 1112/1120S e-file process is similar to the 1040.
1 On the General Information screen click the Electronic filing options
link to access the e-file screen.
2 Complete the applicable information on the Electronic Filing Options
screen.
3 Refer to the 1040 e-file section and complete the creating and sending
an e-file return process.
4 On the E-File Center Overview screen, select 1120 or 1120S from the
System dropdown box.
1120 Drain Times
View the latest e-file drain times in the E-File Center. From the Overview
screen, click Drain Times in the Helpful Links box.
IRS 1120/1120S E-help Phone Number
1-866-255-0654 – Ogden
Form 8879-C and 8879-S Retention
You must use the Practitioner PIN program. You will need to have the client
sign Form 8879-C or 8879-S before transmitting the return. These must be
retained by the ERO for 3 years.
1120/1120S IRS E-File Application
To participate in the IRS 1120/1120S e-file program you must file
Form 8633 with the IRS. Check box 1120 under question #4. The easiest way to apply is through IRS e-services at http://www.irs.gov/taxpros/
article/0,,id=109646,00.html.
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5500 E-File
The IRS has mandated that all 5500 returns be filed electronically.
The 5500 e-file returns go to the E-File Center. Returns are then passed to
EFAST2 (ERISA Filing Acceptance System 2) versus IRS.
E-Filing the Return
n You must register for EFAST2 electronic credentials through www.efast.
dol.gov in order to receive the required ID number.
n The Administrator Signer ID, Sponsor Signer ID, and DFE Signer
ID are 8 digits (the first character is alpha followed by 7 numbers) The
ID number is issued by EFAST2. It must remain constant for all 5500
e-filed returns.
n The Administrator PIN, Sponsor PIN, and DFE PIN are 4 digits (all
numbers). The PIN is issued by EFAST2. It must remain constant for
all 5500 e-filed returns.
n From the forms list select EF-Ef Options. Complete applicable
information.
n Click Create E-File(s) button after reviewing the return. Reference
Step 1 – Preparing the Return.
n No signature document is required.
E-File Center
n On the E-File Center Overview screen select 5500 from the System
drop down box to access the 5500 information.
5500 Drain Times
View the latest e-file drain times in the E-File Center. From the Overview
screen, click Drain Times in the Helpful Links box.
E-File Help Desk
The help desk for EFAST2 is 1-866-GO EFAST (1-866-463-3278) and is
available 8am to 8pm ET Monday through Friday.
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Michigan Business Tax (MBT) E-File
Michigan mandates electronic filing of individual and business returns with
$350,000 in gross receipts. Michigan does allow certain waivers. Form 803c
can also be filed electronically.
E-File for Michigan Business Tax (MBT) 1040, 1041, 1065, 1120, and
1120S systems is available through the software.
To e-file MBT returns from the E-File Center, select MI-MBT from the
System drop down box.
E-File Mandates
Federal Mandates
1040/1041 – Preparers who prepare more than 10 individual or trust returns
in 2011 will be required to e-file.
1065 – All 1065 partnerships with 100 or more K1s must be filed electronically. A penalty of $50 per partner will be assessed for those not complying
with the mandate. Certain waivers are available, but are very limited.
1120/1120S – All 1120/1120S corporations with assets of $10 million or
more and filing 250 federal returns must e-file.
990 – All 990 exempt organizations with assets of $10 million or preparers
filing 250 federal returns must e-file. 990PF has been added to the 250 federal return mandate as of tax year 2006.
990N – ePostcards for small Exempt Organizations must be e-filed.
5500 – All 5500 Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plans must be
e-filed.
If you fall into any of the mandates and do not currently e-file, you are
required to apply with the IRS to obtain an EFIN. Reference How to
Become an IRS E-File Participant at the beginning of this section.
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State Mandates
AL – (1040) Preparers who prepare more than 50 individual income tax
returns, and use tax preparation software, must file all returns using electronic means. Electronic means include electronic filing or printed returns
with 2D barcodes. Taxpayers not wanting to electronically file must complete an additional “Opt-Out” form, Form EOO – Taxpayer E-File Opt-Out
Election form. This form must be completed and attached to the taxpayer’s
printed 2D barcode return.
All business returns must be filed electronically.
(1120/1120S/1065) If an income tax return preparer prepares 25 or more
acceptable, original corporate/partnership income tax returns using tax preparation software in calendar year 2011, all acceptable corporate/partnership
income tax returns prepared by that income tax preparer must be filed using
electronic technology. There is no opt-out provision.
CA – Preparers who prepare more than 100 individual income tax returns
during a calendar year are required to e-file all individual income tax
returns. The preparer will be assessed a $50 penalty for each acceptable
individual income tax return that is prepared using software and not filed by
the preparer electronically, unless the failure to file electronically is due to
reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect. The tax preparer would then
not be subject to the penalty if the taxpayer elects not to e-file the tax return.
CT – Connecticut legislation requires preparers who prepared 50 or more
income tax returns in the previous calendar year to file all personal income tax
returns electronically.
FL – If you paid $20,000 or more in tax during Florida’s fiscal year (July 1June 30), you must electronically file and pay Florida corporate income tax.
GA – All 1120 State returns must be e-filed.
IN – Preparers who prepared 100 individual income tax returns in the previous tax-filing season are required to electronically file all individual income
tax returns.
KS – Preparers who prepare more than 50 Kansas Individual Income tax
returns during any calendar year must electronically file a minimum of 90%
of the returns. There is currently no opt-out provision. However, the mandate does not have a penalty for failure to comply with the electronic filing
requirement.
LA – Preparers who prepare more than 100 individual returns in any calendar year are required to e-file 60 percent of the returns due on or after
January 1, 2010; and 90 percent due January 1, 2012.
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MA – (1040) Preparers who prepared 100 or more MA Forms 1 and 1-NRPY during the previous calendar year are required to file electronically.
Preparers must continue to file electronically in subsequent years unless
they prepare no more than 25 individual income tax returns. Electronic payment of tax liability for e-file individual income tax returns is encouraged,
but not required. Payment may be made with the e-file return or by the taxpayer through the DOR’s website. The taxpayer may opt out of e-filing, but
must file paper forms containing 2D barcodes.
(1040 Extension) Personal Income Tax Extension requests with no payment
or payments of $5,000 or more must be made electronically. Extensions
may be filed through the software.
(1041) Fiduciaries filing Form 2 with total Part A, Part B, and Part C net
taxable income of $50,000 or more must use electronic means to make any
payments to the Department. Payments may be made through the DOR’s
website.
(1065) Partnerships filing Forms 3 and meeting the following income
thresholds, loss thresholds, or with 25 or more partners, must submit all
Forms 3 and Schedules 3 K1 by electronic means. Income threshold: (1)
$50,000 or more in gross income, or (2) $100,000 or more received from
the sale of stock and securities. Loss threshold: (1) $50,000 or more in ordinary loss from trade or business activities, or (2) $100,000 or more in losses
from the sale of stock and securities.
(1120) All corporations subject to the corporate excise, including security
corporations, with more than $100,000 in gross receipts or sales, must file
returns and tax payments using electronic means. Exception: financial institutions, insurance companies, and public utilities.
(1120 Extension) Corporate Extension requests and accompanying payments
must be filed electronically. Any corporation with more than $100,000 in
gross receipts or sales must e-file. In addition, any corporation making a
payment of $5,000 or more with its corporate excise extension must e-file
the request and make the payment by electronic means. Requests and payments can be made through the DOR’s website.
Reference MA Mandate TIR04-30 on the MA DOR website at www.dor.state.
ma.us.
MD – The threshold for TY2011 and beyond is 100 Maryland individual
returns.
There is a taxpayer opt out provision and the preparer can apply for a
hardship waiver by writing to the Maryland Comptroller’s office.
A penalty may be imposed of $50 per return with a maximum penalty for
one year of $500.
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ME – For returns filed in calendar year 2011 or any subsequent calendar
year, a tax return preparer must file by electronic data submission all original Maine tax returns for individual income tax that are eligible for electronic filing, except:
1. When for the previous calendar year, the tax return preparer prepared 10
or fewer original Maine tax returns for individual income tax that are eligible for electronic filing;
2. When the taxpayer refuses to allow the return to be filed by electronic
data submission and the tax return preparer notes the refusal in the taxpayer’s records; or
3. When the tax return preparer has been granted a waiver from mandatory
participation under section .05.
MI – The Michigan Department of Treasury mandated electronic filing for
both individual income tax and single business tax returns. Preparers
completing 10 or more personal income tax returns are required to e-file all
eligible returns that are supported by their software.
MN – Preparers who prepared more than 100 individual income tax returns
in the previous tax-filing season are required to e-file all individual income
tax returns. Exceptions: (1) Joint returns where both reciprocity and form
M1NR are required to file, or (2) the SSN was used erroneously on a previously e-filed return. The preparer will be fined $5 per return for each return
filed on paper.
NE – Preparers filing 11 or more returns may be required to file them
electronically.
NJ – Practitioners who prepared 25 or more returns will be required to file
returns electronically.
NM – Preparers who prepared more than 25 individual income tax returns
in the previous tax-filing season are required to file all returns using electronic means. Electronic means includes electronic filing or printed returns
with 2D barcodes.
NY – Individual/Partnership/Fiduciary: If a practitioner filed a total of 4 NY
state returns for individual, partnership, and fiduciary, or uses tax software
to prepare one or more returns, they must file all of their returns electronically. A $50 penalty applies to each return or extension that they fail to
e-file. The taxpayer will be assessed a $25 penalty for not e-filing. Preparers
may not charge a separate e-file fee.
Corporate: The new mandate requires tax return preparers who meet certain
requirements to e-file authorized tax documents. The mandate also requires
electronic payment of the balance due on any authorized tax document.
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There are two parts to this mandate:
Part I – If a preparer prepares over 100 corporate business documents, then
they must file their corporate returns electronically. The following are considered corporate business documents and figure into the threshold for the
mandate: Estimated payments, Extensions, and Corporate return. So, the
actual threshold could be as low as 17 corporate returns for a practitioner if
they filed 4 estimated payments, the extension, and the return.
Part II – If a business files their own return and they use tax software that
has been approved for corporate electronic filing, they must file their return
electronically.
A $50 penalty applies to each document that they fail to e-file, unless the
taxpayer opted out of e-filing or they have other reasonable cause for failure
to comply.
The taxpayer will be subject to a $50 per tax document penalty for failing
to electronically pay the balance due. The Department cannot abate the payment penalty for reasonable cause.
New York City – As of January 1, 2011, tax preparers who prepared
more than 100 original New York City General Corporation Tax or
Unincorporated Business Tax documents in calendar year 2010, including
tax documents for prior periods; and used tax software to prepare one or
more corporation tax documents in 2010 must electronically file New York
City Forms NYC-3L, NYC-4S, NYC-4SEZ, NYC-204, NYC-204EZ and
NYC-EXT; and submit the payment electronically.
Note
The software will only support NYC-204 and NYC-204EZ.
OH – Paid tax preparers who filed more than 75 tax returns during the 2008
calendar year or during any subsequent year must, beginning on Jan. 1,
2010, use electronic filing technology to file state income tax returns. This
requirement does not apply to paid tax preparers who, during the previous
calendar year, prepared 25 or fewer tax returns. The law provides that the
tax commissioner may impose a $50 penalty for each return above 75 that is
not filed, but should have been filed, by electronic technology.
OK – Preparers who prepare more than 50 individual income tax returns in
the previous tax-filing season are required to e-file all individual income tax
returns. There is an opt-out if the taxpayer indicates on the return that they
do not want the return to be filed by electronic means.
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PA – If a third party preparer has prepared more than 50 PA Corporate
returns/reports within the last calendar year, that person is required to file
them electronically. Once the preparer has filed his/her returns electronically, they must continue to file PA Corporate returns electronically regardless,
even if the number of PA Corporate returns prepared decreases.
RI – Preparers who prepared more than 100 individual income tax returns
in the previous tax-filing season are required to e-file all individual returns.
The tax administrator won’t require e-filing by a paid preparer’s client who
specifically requests that a return be filed on paper.
SC – Preparers who prepare more than 100 individual income tax returns
in the previous tax-filing season are required to electronically file all individual income tax returns.
UT – A tax return preparer, or two or more tax return preparers affiliated
together in the same establishment, who prepare 101 or more individual
income tax returns, must submit all individual income tax returns electronically or use 2D barcode technology. Exceptions: Taxpayers who elect out of
electronic filing or 2D barcode technology, returns that include a schedule
that cannot be electronically filed or by 2D barcode, and undue hardship on
the tax return preparer.
VA – Preparers who prepare more than 50 individual income tax returns
must file individual income tax returns using electronic means or software
that produces a 2D barcode. A waiver can be requested in writing to the Tax
Commissioner clearly demonstrating the nature of the undue hardship to
comply with the mandate.
WI – Preparers who prepare 100 or more WI Forms 1, 1A, and WI-Z, and
Schedule H are required to e-file individual income tax returns. Exception:
WI returns on which the taxpayers write “no e-file” before their signatures
to indicate they do not want to e-file the return.
WV – Preparers who prepare more than 100 individual returns in any calendar year are required to e-file.
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Financial Products
We have partnered with several leading financial institutions to offer our
customers a variety of financial product options to choose from. Financial
Products allow tax preparers to earn fee based revenue while providing the
following benefits:
n Can give taxpayers quicker access to their funds
n No out of pocket expenses – All fees can be deducted from the refund
n Tax preparation fees are deposited directly into the tax preparers account
n Multiple disbursement options – Checks printed in the tax preparer’s
office, direct deposit or pre-paid debit cards
n Serves the unbanked client
For a complete listing of all Financial Partners, access the 2011 E-File
Center.
Click to view a
comparison of all
financial product
offerings.
Click to enroll with a
financial partner.
Financial Product Enrollment
Financial Product enrollment is available in the E-File Center. Click
Financial Product Enrollment on the Overview screen to enroll.
Completing the Client Bank Application
Because each Financial Partner’s bank application varies, reference the
Helps, at the bottom of the Financial Product screen, within the software for
details.
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E-File Center
The E-File Center is where you will handle all e-file and bank transactions.
E-File/Bank Transmission
1
Click EF Ctr on the button bar.
2
Enter your User Name and Password. Click Log In.
3
Verify that 1040 has been selected from the System drop down box.
4
Click Send Clients. Verify that a code appears in the Product Type
column.
5
Tag the clients and click Send.
6
Verify the information and click OK to transmit the files to the filing
center.
Click to access the bank
clients that are ready to
transmit.
Tag clients that are ready to
transmit.
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Click to
transmit
clients.
Verify a
bank
product
exists.
Check Alignment
Each printer functions differently. Your printer may pull check stock differently than another. This could impact the check print alignment. If the check
print alignment needs to be adjusted, proceed through the following steps.
1
Under the Bank tab select Print Settings.
2
Load blank paper in the printer. Click Print Test Check. Hold the printed information up against the check stock to verify alignment.
3
From the vertical and/or horizontal alignment drop down boxes, make
the applicable selection. Click Save Settings.
4
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until alignment is correct.
Print Checks
When the bank releases the check print records, they will automatically
appear in the E-File Center.
Click Bank and the Check
to access the available checks.
Tag the checks to be printed.
Click
to print
the
checks.
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1
Click EF Ctr on the button bar.
2
Enter your User Name and Password. Click Log In.
3
Verify that 1040 has been selected from the System drop down box.
4
Click the Bank button, then click Checks.
5
Tag the check(s) that are ready to print. Click Print.
6
Enter the first check number in the sequence and click Next. The computer will automatically list the rest of the check numbers.
7
Verify the check numbers. Load the checks in the correct sequence into
your printer and click Print.
8
Verify that the check(s) printed correctly. Click Yes or No.
9
If Yes, the check reconcilement record(s) will be created automatically.
The software will forward these records to the bank.
10 If No, tag the check(s) that did not print correctly and click Next.
10aA screen will appear with reasons the check(s) may have printed incorrectly. Select the applicable reason and click Next.
10bThe check(s) to be reprinted will appear. Verify the information and
click Finish to continue or Back to make adjustments.
10c After clicking Finish, the checks will reappear on the Bank, Checks
screen. Repeat the Print Checks process.
Separate disbursements will be made for the federal and state check records.
Note
Reference the bank’s user manual for check stock storage and security
instructions.
Note
Delete Available Check Records
If for some reason a check you have already printed appears on the Bank,
Checks screen, you may delete the check record from the screen
1
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Tag the check you want to delete and click Delete. The check will disappear from the screen.
Issuing the Check
1
Before issuing the check to the client, verify the client’s identification
again.
2
Verify that the check number printed by the computer matches the number preprinted on the check. If there is a discrepancy, DO NOT issue the
check. Reference the Reprint Checks instructions.
3
Explain to the client the APR (Annual Percentage Rate) and loan charges and fees printed on the check stub.
4
If applicable, secure the client’s signature on the Check Received By line
at the bottom of the bank application to certify the receipt of the check.
Write the number of the check and the date received.
5 Issue the check to the client. The bank provides a Good Funds Letter, if
needed.
Multiple Disbursements
If more than one disbursement is required, the bank will:
• Issue multiple check print records.
• Make multiple direct deposits.
• Restock the debit cards.
If the client decides to decline the check, contact the bank for Stop Check
information.
If the client decides to decline the loan, contact the bank.
Reprint Checks
Printed checks that are damaged, torn, or used out of sequence prior to the
disbursement to the taxpayer may be reconciled internally using the Reprint
Checks procedure. An automatic VOID check reconcilement record will be
created.
1
Click the Bank button, then click Reprint.
2
Enter the taxpayer’s SSN for the check to be reprinted. Click Go. Tag
the desired check and click Reprint. Use caution when selecting checks
to be reprinted as one client could receive multiple checks.
3 A screen will appear with reasons the check may need to be reprinted.
Select the applicable reason and click Next.
4
The check to be reprinted will appear. Verify the information and click
Finish to continue or Back to make adjustments.
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5
After clicking Finish, the check will reappear on the Bank, Checks
screen. Follow the Print Checks procedure.
6
After printing the check, a check reconcilement record is again created
for the reprinted check. The previously printed check will have a VOID
reconcilement record created automatically. The system will forward
both reconcilement records to the bank.
7
Reference the bank’s user manual for procedures on handling
VOID checks.
Lost or Stolen Check
Printed checks that are damaged, lost, or stolen after disbursement to the
taxpayer may require bank intervention. Due to the tight security related to
lost and stolen checks, and different scenarios encountered, the ERO should
contact the bank.
1
Click the Bank Tab button, then click Lost or Stolen Check.
2
This process varies by bank. Follow the prompts given for the requested
information.
Summary
The Bank, Summary screen is where you will find information for items
passed to you from the bank. Available check print records, fee records,
deposits, checks cleared, RAL denials, and other bank information are
detailed on the summary reports.
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1
Click the Bank button, then click Summary located under Bank Tools.
2
Tag the desired report and click View, or double click on the desired
summary report.
3
Summary reports can be printed, saved as PDF files, exported as
Excel Files, or e-mailed.
4
Click Close to return to the E-File Center.
5
At any time you can tag the report and click Archive to remove the
report from the screen, if desired.
Database
The E-File Center Database is a convenient utility to help you track the bank
status on clients that have been transmitted to the E-File Center. From the
E-File Center, click the Database button.
1
Select the desired database option.
Click to view clients with
pending bank products.
Click to view various bank
client situations.
Click to view clients with
unresolvable bank products.
n Common, Pending Bank Products – Click to view bank clients
with pending bank products. These include nonfunded and partially
funded clients.
n Bank, All Bank Products – Click to view all bank clients and associated bank products.
n Bank, Federal Bank Products – Click to view federal bank clients
only.
n Bank, State Bank Products – Click to view state bank clients only.
n Bank, Accepted RALs – Click to view accepted RAL bank clients
only.
n Bank, Accepted RTs – Click to view accepted RT bank clients only.
n Other, Unresolvable Bank Products – Click to view bank clients
with unresolvable bank products.
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Find a specific client by
entering the name or SSN.
Tag a client and click View as
Report to view the client
information.
2 Click the client name to view the detailed information.
3
The following screen will appear.
Select Bank to view the
detailed bank information.
Click various tabs to
display detail Disbursement,
Reconciliation, and Bank
Summary information.
4
5
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From the drop down box select Bank to view bank details.
Click Reconciliation while viewing the client’s detail bank information.
Reconciliation information will be displayed. Click Bank Summary
List to view a summary of bank transactions. Click Disbursements to
return to bank disbursement display.
Reports
Reports are a great way to manage and track the status of your bank clients.
1 Click the Reports button.
2 Select the desired Financial Product report.
3
Select the report range, type and status, and sort by options, if applicable.
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4
Click View. The report may be printed, emailed, exported to Excel, or
saved as a PDF file. Click Close.
n Bank Product Disbursements – Lists acknowledgment status, bank
product, and authorization information.
n Denied RAL – Lists declined RAL clients and associated denial
codes.
n Funding Discrepancies – Lists clients who have not received funds
or have received only partial funding.
n Preparer Fees from Bank – Lists requested bank fees, bank fees
received, and deposit dates.
n Outstanding Preparer Fees – Lists clients with outstanding fees to
be paid to the preparer.
n Check Print Summary – Lists checks printed by date range.
n Check Printed – Lists information about printed checks
including print date and time, check number, amount, SSN, paid to,
and phone.
n Check Reprinted – Lists information about reprinted checks
including reprint date, check number, check amount, SSN, EFIN,
phone number, pay to, and reprint reason.
n Check Print Action History – List all actions performed during the
check print process.
Helpful Links
From the E-File Center, Overview screen, click Financial Product
Enrollment under the Tools menu. Click Compare Financial Products to
view the bank fees, available states, products offered, and contact information for the respective banks. Click Documents to view detail instructions
and information when working with financial products.
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Help Menu
There are numerous help features available within the program.
Click the Help menu.
nGovernment Instructions (Shift+F1) – View Federal and State instructions, including IRS Package X and State Instruction Booklets.
nProgram Help – View detailed information about the program by
topic. This can also be accessed within the client’s return by pressing
Ctrl+F1, or by clicking the Help button located in the lower right-hand
corner of several screens.
Print instructions for the topic
selected.
Click Search and enter the
keyword you would like
information on.
Select the topic.
nWebsite – This option will launch the software’s web page. Find out
about company products and read the latest news.
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n Pup History – This option gives a report of all PUP codes you have
requested. The report contains the date, system, state, SSN/EIN, PUP
code, and charges.
n Alerts – Alerts are messages sent by personnel alerting you of important upgrades, e-file and bank information, etc.
n Revisions – Select this option to search the Online Knowledge Base
for any federal and/or state revisions, or operational revisions that have
been made to the program.
n Release Dates – This option links to a grid noting the anticipated
release dates for system and state programs, forms, and electronic filing.
n 1040, 1041, 1065 Tutorials – Select one of these options to access a
step-by-step tutorial that will help you prepare a return in the related
system.
n Test Communications – This option will perform an Internet test with
your ISP and the software.
n ReadMe – This option opens a document containing installation and
initial configuration instructions.
n About – This option lists pertinent license agreement information applicable to your program.
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States and Cities
We provide software for all 1040 states with a state tax as well as the Florida
intangible tax. Business software includes all 1041, 1065, 1120, and 1120S
states that have an applicable tax. The software also supports select 1040 cities, including Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania cities. Movement
through the federal and state returns is similar.
State and City Access
To access state and city input screens, while in the federal portion of the
client’s return, click the State button. The state screen defaults to the twoletter state code entered on the federal General Information screen in the
address field. To change or add other states, click the States button above
the Forms pane. The States to Process and Pup Codes screen will appear.
Enter the two-letter state code or select the state from the drop down box.
For states with cities that we support, a Cities button will appear above the
Forms pane. Click the Cities button. A Cities to Process screen will appear.
Tag the desired city and click OK.
Click to prepare a city return.
Click to add or delete
a state.
Displays the states and cities included in the return.
Lists the forms available for
the selected state/city.
Note
The Cities button will only be present if you select a state for which the
software supports related city returns.
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Ohio Cities
For Ohio cities, the software has working city and working date input fields
on the federal Schedules C, E, F, K-1 Received, and 1099-Misc. input
screens. The W-2 input screen also contains a grid for entering Ohio city
information. The income entered on these federal forms will carry to the
corresponding working city return(s). The program has income grids as
well as a Resident Cities grid on the OHCGI, Ohio City Information input
screen which is located on the Ohio state module. Entries in the resident cities and residency dates input fields will generate the resident city return(s).
The income will be split between multiple resident cities, if applicable. City
income must be imported or entered in these income grids in order for the
city returns to calculate correctly.
When adding a city to the Resident Cities window or in one of the city grids,
the city name must be spelled correctly according to our city database. If the
city is misspelled, the information will not flow to the city return. You will
see a popup message if the city entered is not recognized by the database.
The Ohio city tax rates and mailing addresses are contained in the City Tax
Information database. To access this database, click the Settings menu and
select Edit OH City Tax Info.
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For the business systems, there is no OHCGI, Ohio City
Information input screen. All OH city information is located on
the city forms. To add the applicable city forms, click the Cities to
access the Cities to Process window. Any city not included on the
RITA or CCA city forms needs to be entered using the Generic city
form.
Multiple State Processing
The state indicated on the General Information screen will be the resident
state, State of Incorporation, or State of Organization. To add additional
states, click the State button on the button bar. Click the States button
located above the Forms pane. Select additional states from the drop down
box or enter the two-letter state code(s).
Displays the PUP code
downloaded from the
Internet.
Enter additional state
abbreviations or select a
state from the drop down
box.
Click to download PUP
codes.
Click to access a report
containing all PUP code
requests.
Note
Click to activate
state e-filing.
Click to delete
a state from the
return.
Click to view the
Move Up/Down
options.
The resident state must be the first state listed on the States to Process and
Pup Codes screen in order for the program to correctly process the state
taxes paid credit properly. For new clients the resident state defaults to the
state listed on the General Information screen.
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Multiple State PUP Codes
If you are using the PUP code system, you will need a separate PUP code
for each state. Reference the Internet Service Provider, Per Unit Process
(PUP) Codes section.
State and City Forms
Occasionally, you may need a form that is not included in the state or city
return you are preparing. While working in the client’s return, click the
Forms menu and select Form Filler. This option includes many forms.
Enter data in the forms, or print blank forms. When the client’s return
is saved, the Form Filler data will be saved also. Reference the Print
Features, Other Printable Forms section for complete instructions.
State W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc,
1099-G, and City W-2
The state entered in the address field on the federal General Information
screen will automatically carry to the state fields on Forms W-2, W-2G,
1099-R, 1099-Misc, and 1099-G. Enter the two-letter state code on these
forms to override the state entered on the General Information screen.
Enter the City locality code.
Enter the Two-letter state code.
Click to access the Ohio
City Income Grid.
Ohio
City income should be entered on the Ohio City Income grid and not on the
state wages grid. See the Form Helps for further instructions.
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Note
Consult the Form Helps (F1) to view the city locality codes on 1040 W-2
inputs.
Note
For states with reciprocal state agreements, the calculation for nontaxable
nonresident wages has been automated.
1099-R
This screen allows for state-specific exclusions of pension income based
on the type of income. The program will automatically list any applicable
pension types in the drop down box based on the state that is entered in the
State input field. The following states have additional Types to select: AZ,
HI, KS, LA, ME, MA, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OK, RI, and WI.
Enter the two-letter state code.
Select the type of income for state
exclusions.
Multiple ES Payments and Vouchers
ES Payments and Vouchers are accessed on the ES - Estimates screen.
Select ES - Estimates from the Forms pane. The ES screen allows you to
access the federal and state ES forms from one screen.
Click to access the
federal and multiple
state ES drop down box.
Select for multiple ES
input.
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Business Systems
The software provides the following business systems:
n 1041 Fiduciary
n 1065 Partnership
n 1120 Corporation
n 1120S S Corporation
All state programs are available with each of these federal systems.
Business systems have the same features as the 1040 Individual program.
These features include:
uAsset Tracker
uAudit and diagnostic statements
uBatch Process
uClient Management and reports
uElectronic signatures
uMulti-state processing
uReal-time calculation
uSimple entry and integration of K-1s received
Business systems offer the following additional features:
uCarry assets from Asset Tracker to balance sheet
uCarry book/tax depreciation differences from Asset Tracker to Schedule
M-1
uCalculate weighted average for change in ownership (1065 & 1120S)
uProduce election statements
uManage up to 10,000 K-1s
uElectronic filing
uPerform Special Allocations on Form 1065
uPrepare Form 1041-A and/or Form 5227 for charitable and split-interest
trusts
uPrepare Forms 1120-C, 1120-H, 1120X, Sch M-3, Sch PH
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uProduce various information forms (i.e., Forms 2553, 2848, 8822,
SS-4, etc.)
uTrack NOL and charitable deductions in 1120/1120S systems
uTrack outside basis for partners and shareholders
New Business E-Filing Screen
We are pleased to introduce a standard business e-file options screen. The
screen can be accessed by selecting EF-EF Options in the forms pane list
when entering federal or state tax data. Reference the Electronic Filing
section for more details.
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1041 Sample Return
Dan Smith and his eldest son, Alan, have come into your office to have
Dan’s fiduciary tax return prepared. Let’s prepare a fiduciary return for the
Smith Trust and learn about some of the features in the tax program.
Step 1 - Background Information
Dan created the Smith Trust (EIN 87-1454876) on February 19, 2001 to set
aside money for education for his sons, Alan (SSN 847-45-6800) and Josh
(SSN 748-54-7847). Alan’s address is 136 East Main Street in Glendale,
AZ 85308. Josh’s address is 1210 East Brown Road in Chandler, AZ 85286.
Alan serves as a trustee of the trust.
The trust agreement requires that all income be distributed equally between
the two beneficiaries annually. Although the trust permits distributions of
principal to the beneficiaries at the discretion of the trustee, no distributions
of principal were made during the year. The agreement contains no provisions for contributions to charity. Capital gains are allocated to principal and
expenses are allocated to income.
Step 2 - Start-Up
A
Double click the Progam icon on your desktop.
B
The tax program should automatically open to the Client Selection
screen. If not, click the Clients button on the button bar.
Step 3 – Folder Selection
A
Click the 1041 tab.
B
For purposes of this tutorial, we will use the Samples folder. Click the
Folder drop down box in the upper right-hand corner of the Client
Selection screen.
C
Select Samples from the list of available folders.
If you did not install the sample returns during the initial installation, you
may not see a Samples folder listed. To install the sample returns, click the
Utilities menu on the Client Selection screen and select Install Sample
Returns.
Note
Step 4 - Client Selection
A. Since the Smith Trust return is new, click the New Client button.
Step 5 - New Client
A
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The New Client screen will appear, enabling you to initialize the client.
To move from field to field, use your mouse or press the Enter, Tab, or
Arrow keys. Press the Shift and Tab keys together to move back a field.
Note
B
Enter the Client Number as 1.
C
Enter the Client ID as SMITH4876 (we have used the first five letters
in the trust name and the last four digits of the EIN).
The Client No. and Client ID fields are optional entries. They may be left
blank or any combination of letters and/or numbers may be used.
Note
D
Enter the Estate/Trust Name as Smith Trust.
E
Enter the Fiduciary Name as Alan Smith.
F
Enter the EIN without a dash, as it is already provided. Smith Trust’s
EIN is 87-1454876.
G
Enter the Address as 136 East Main Street.
1 Smith Trust’s zip code is 85308.
Note
There are no fields for the city and state. Simply enter the zip code and the
program will insert the city and state on the General Information screen.
If the zip code represents more than one city, the program will open a window with a selection of cities for that zip code. Select the correct city by
highlighting it.
HClick OK. A screen will appear that asks if you are sure you want to
create the return in the Samples folder. Click Yes.
Step 6 - General Information
A The first input screen will appear. This is the General Information
screen. Notice that the client ID, estate/trust name, address, city, state,
zip, county, and EIN have all carried from the New Client screen.
BEnter (623) 555-2231 as the Fiduciary Phone No.
C For this tutorial, enter your own firm’s email address in the E-mail
address field. We will use this email address later in the tutorial.
Step 7 - Electronic Filing Options
A Click the Electronic filing options link to access the Electronic Filing
Options input screen.
Note
This link will be present for 2011 only.
B From the Electronic filing options drop down box, select 1 - E-file
return.
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CEnter SMIT as the Name control.
D In the Form 8879-F and Form 7004 area, enter the following PIN information:
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Taxpayer’s PIN: 88888
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Practitioner’s PIN: 33333
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Taxpayer entered PIN: Yes
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Fiduciary PIN signature date: 03-06-2012
E In the Electronic Funds Withdrawal section, check the Payment with
electronic funds withdrawal box.
F Enter the following bank information:
•
Bank name: Arizona State Bank
•
Routing transit number: 012345678
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Bank account number: 7632154
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Type of account: Checking
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Payment date: 04-10-2012
G Click the green arrow button on the input form control bar to return to
the General Information screen.
Step 8 - Finishing the General Information Screen
A Since the Smith Trust is a simple trust, check the Simple box below Type
of Entity.
B Enter the Date Entity Created as 02-19-2001. The dashes are already
provided and do not need to be entered.
CEnter Trustee in the Title of Person Signing Return field.
DEnter Alan Smith in the Name of fiduciary or officer representing the
fiduciary signing the return field.
E Click the Flip button on the button bar to view the information entered
in the Heading section of the output form.
F Click the Flip button again to return to the General Information screen.
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Instead of clicking the Flip button, simply right click on the output form
itself. Right clicking on the output form again will return you to the input
pane.
Step 9 - Preparer Options
AClick PO - Options in the Forms pane to access the Preparer Options
screen. Alan would like the Two-Year Comparison Worksheet. This
worksheet lists the income, deductions, taxes, and credits for the current
and prior years and computes the differences between them.
B Check the Two-Year Comparison box.
Step 10 – Interest and Dividends
Now let’s enter the income and deductions on the Form 1041, page 1 input
screen for the Smith Trust.
A In the Forms pane, click 1 - 1041 Pg 1.
B Click the Interest Income grid.
C Enter the following information on rows 1 and 2 of the Interest Income
grid:
•
On row 1, enter USA Bank for the Interest Income Description.
•
Enter 5546582 for the Account Number.
•
Enter $2,864 for the Interest Income (Not US Govt).
•
On row 2, enter Arizona State Bank for the Interest Income
Description.
•
Enter 7632154 for the Account Number.
•
Enter $783 for the Total Muni Bonds.
DClick Close.
E Click the Dividend Income grid.
F Enter the following information on rows 1 and 2 of the Dividend Income
grid:
Note
•
On row 1, enter Diversified Funds for the Dividend Income
Description.
•
Enter 96482 for the Account Number.
•
Enter $1,223 for the Total Ordinary Dividends.
The Qualified Dividends field automatically populates based on the entry
made in the Total Ordinary field. Press Enter or Tab after making an
entry in the Total Ordinary field and the amount will automatically carry
to the Qualified Dividends field. If you need to change this amount, simply type the correct amount in the field.
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On row 2, enter First Choice Funds for the Dividend Income
Description.
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Enter 34665 for the Account Number.
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Enter $229 for the Total Ordinary Dividends.
GClick Close.
Step 11 – Capital Gains and Losses
A Click the Schedule D link on line 4 of the Form 1041, page 1 input
screen. By clicking this link, the program will jump directly to the
Schedule D - Capital Gains and Losses input screen.
B Click the Details on Sales of Short-Term and Long-Term Capital
Gains and Losses grid.
C Enter the following information on row 1 of the Schedule D Sales of
Short-Term and Long-Term Capital Assets grid.
Note
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1099 Transactions Prop Desc: Southwest Airlines
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# Shares: 300
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Type: 0 Non specific
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Acquired Date: 08-01-2007
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Sold Date: 10-17-2011
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Term: L (auto populates)
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Sales Price: $11,475
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Cost or Basis: $8,754
The Gain or Loss will automatically be calculated based upon the Sales
Price and Cost or Basis amounts; no entry is required in the Gain or Loss
field.
D Enter the following information on row 2 of the Schedule D Sales of
Short-Term and Long-Term Capital Assets grid.
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1099 Transactions Prop Desc: Delta Airlines
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# Shares: 260
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Type: 0 Non specific
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Acquired Date: 04-17-2008
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Sold Date: 03-24-2011
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Term: L (auto populates)
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Sales Price: $11,736
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Cost or Basis: $4,214
EClick Close.
F Click the green arrow button on the input form control bar or press
CTRL+B to return to the previous input screen.
Step 12 – Form 1041, page 1, Deductions
A Scroll down to the Deductions section of the Form 1041, page 1 input
screen.
B On line 11, enter $735 in the Tax: Other field for intangible taxes.
Note: The program automatically allocates indirect expenses to tax-exempt
income. Expenses deemed indirect are:
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Fiduciary fees
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Attorney’s fees
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Unlimited other deductions
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Limited other deductions
Taxes are not deemed indirect by the program and, therefore, are not automatically allocated. Override the allocated amount by entering the amount
directly in the input field. For purposes of this tutorial, leave the return as
completed by the program.
C Enter the following additional deductions:
Note
Note
Note
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Fiduciary fees: $430
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Attorney fees: $220
You will notice that the Form 1041, page 1 input screen skips lines 16 –
18. This is because the program automatically calculates these lines based
on the entries in the Income section as well as the entries on lines 10
through 15b of the Deductions section.
The Income distribution deduction on line 18 is pulled from Schedule B
on page 2 of Form 1041. Most of the fields on Schedule B are populated
based on information entered in the program, such as whether the trust is a
simple trust or a complex trust and whether any discretionary distributions
were made to the beneficiaries.
The program automatically enters an exemption amount on line 20 of
Form 1041 based on the type of entity selected in the Heading section of
the return.
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Step 13 – Form 1041, page 2, Schedule A
The Smith Trust is a simple trust. Therefore, no entries are made in the
Schedule A- Charitable Deduction section of the input screen.
Step 14 – Form 1041, page 2, Schedule B
The program automatically completes Form 1041, page 2, Schedule B for
simple trusts. Use the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Allocations grids to report required
(line 9) and discretionary (line 10) distributions.
Step 15 – Form 1041, page 2, Schedule G
The total tax amount on line 23 of Form 1041, page 1 is pulled from
Schedule G on page 2 of Form 1041. The tax due for the Smith Trust is
$1,146. This amount is computed on Schedule D, part V using the maximum
capital gains rates. The program makes an entry on line 1a of Schedule G,
noting that the amount is Schedule D tax.
Step 16 – Form 1041, page 2, Other Information
AThe Other Information section is located at the bottom of the Form
1041, page 2 input screen. Line 1 is automatically answered based on
income information entered on page 1 of Form 1041. As the Smith Trust
had $783 of tax-exempt interest income, the box for line 1 is automatically checked Yes and $783 is entered for the amount of tax-exempt
income.
B The remaining questions in this section should be answered No for the
Smith Trust, which is the default. When viewing the output form, the
Other Information section of Form 1041 should appear as follows:
Step 17 - Schedule I, Alternative Minimum Tax
AClick I - Schedule I in the Forms pane. The program carries the necessary information to Schedule I. Adjustments can be entered in part I of
Schedule I by entering amounts directly in the fields on the input screen.
Note
Lines 1-6, 8, 14, and 15 are computed automatically. Entries in these fields
will override the calculated amounts. The manual entries are the amounts
that carry to Form 1041, Schedule I.
B The program carried the $735 of other taxes to Schedule I, line 3 based
on the entries on the Form 1041, page 1 input screen.
CThe Part II section is used to calculate the income distribution deduction for minimum tax purposes. Adjustment amounts in part II are pulled
from other portions of the return by the program. Entries in these fields
will override the calculated amounts.
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DThe Part III and Part IV sections are also computed automatically.
Therefore, no further adjustments to Schedule I are required for the
Smith Trust.
Step 18 - Schedule K-1
A In the Forms pane, click K1 - Benef K-1.
B Enter the following information for Alan Smith:
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Beneficiary’s Name: Alan Smith
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Street Address: 136 East Main Street
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Zip Code: 85308
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Social Security Number: 847-45-6800
CEnter 50% in the Percent of distribution field.
Note
Since only one beneficiary has been entered to this point, and all the
income is required to be distributed, the program will allocate all of the
income to Alan’s K-1 until another beneficiary is entered.
D Click the Next button on the input form control bar.
Note
The input form control bar will show 2 of 2, indicating there are now two
beneficiaries.
E Enter the following information for Josh Smith:
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Beneficiary’s Name: Josh Smith
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Street Address: 1210 East Brown Road
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Zip Code: 85286
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Social Security Number: 748-54-7847
FEnter 50% in the Percent of distribution field.
Step 19 - Two-Year Comparison
Alan wanted a two-year comparison report so he could identify any significant changes in amounts reported in the current year versus the amounts
reported in the previous year. In Step 7, Preparer Options, the Two-Year
Comparison box was checked. However, because this is a new client, the
previous year amounts must be manually entered. In subsequent years, the
report will be updated for the prior year amounts.
A In the Forms pane, scroll down and click 2YR - 2Yr Comp P1.
B Enter the following amounts for the prior year:
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Interest: $3,142
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Dividends: $783
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Capital gain (loss): $3,212
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Total income: $7,137
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Taxes: $712
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Fiduciary fees: $250
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Total: $962
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Adjusted total income: $6,175
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Income distribution deduction: $2,963
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Exemption: $300
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Total deductions: $3,263
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Taxable income: $2,912
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Total tax: $107
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Tax due: $107
Step 20 - Reviewing the Return
Now let’s review the return. The program will produce Form 1041, pages
1 and 2; Schedules K-1 for Alan and Josh; the Two-Year Comparison
Worksheet; the Accounting Income statement, Schedule I, the Allocable
Shares Worksheet, and detail statements.
A Click the Review button on the button bar.
The program produces audit statements that may provide useful information or help identify trouble spots in the return. Green audits, which
are reminders and information-only audits require no further action.
However, red audits must be resolved before electronically filing the
return.
To correct an audit, click Fix Now. This will take you to the form and
field in question where you can make changes. If you notice that the
Audit button on the button bar is inactive before you click Review, no
audits are present in the return. You can suppress an audit by clicking
the Click here to suppress button in the Suppress column.
BClick Close to continue to Review mode.
Step 21 – Create E-File
In Review mode, you can create the e-file and prepare it to send to the IRS
and/or state agency. The Create E-File(s) button appears above the list of
forms if all red audits have been cleared. Since we created this return in the
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Samples folder, you can click the Create E-File(s) button and then access
the EF Center via the EF Ctr button on the button bar. For step-by-step
instructions on creating the e-file and transmitting the return, refer to Filing
Returns Electronically.
Caution: If returns created in Client Selection folders other than the Samples
folder are electronically filed, they are considered live returns and will be
sent to the IRS/state agency. Take care when clicking the Create E-File(s)
button to ensure that live data does not get transmitted when testing and
exploring the e-file process.
Step 22 - Printing the Return
You have various options for printing.
A Click the down arrow button in the Print drop down box and select All
to print all of the pages in the return, along with the letters, invoices,
supporting schedules, etc. that you have designated the software to produce. Then click the Print button.
B To print specific forms, tag the forms you want to print by checking the
box next to the form in the Output Forms list. Select Tagged from the
Print drop down box and then click the Print button.
C To print only one specific form, highlight the form, make sure Page is
selected in the Print drop down box, and click the Print button.
D In addition to printing directly from Review mode, you can also click
the Adv. button to open Advanced Form Delivery. This feature has
options for paper printing, emailing, and saving all at the same time.
E In the Print section, select EF Signature Set from the Set 1 drop down
box.
F In the Save section, select Preparer File Set in the Set drop down box.
Click the browse (…) button to the right of the Path field to select a
destination for the saved return. The Filename field will be automatically populated, but can be changed if desired. We will leave the default
name for this return.
G In the Email section, select Client Copy Set from the Set drop down
box. The program is automatically set to send the information to the
email address listed on the General Information screen. If you would
like to send a carbon copy to another email address, such as your firm or
preparer email, utilize the CC field.
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H Now that our delivery choices are made, click Start Job at the bottom
of the screen. A status window will appear and the delivery methods
will proceed. For the email option, your default email program will open
and a new email message will be created with the To address being the
address you entered on the General Information screen. The email will
have a default message with the client copy of the return attached as a
pdf document.
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In your email program, click Send.
J Once that is done, the focus should again return to the program and the
Advanced Form Delivery screen. Click Close at the bottom of the window to return to Review mode.
Note
Emailing a return will send the return in a PDF file format. The recipient
will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (available from www.adobe.com) to view
the file. The recipient will also need a password to open the file. When
the email is received, the password will appear in the body of the email
message. You must have your email program (such as Outlook or Outlook
Express) already set up to email a tax return. To set up your email, click
the Settings menu, and select Email Settings.
Step 23 - Exiting the Return
When you are finished printing or viewing the return, use the following
steps to exit:
A Click the Clients button on the button bar. This will return you to the
Client Selection screen.
B Or, you may click the Close button on the button bar. This will close
the client. You can then exit the program by selecting Exit from the File
menu.
Congratulations!
You have just completed the 1041 sample return.
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1065 Sample Return
Frank Able and Susan Baker, partners of AbleBaker Bookstore, have just
come into your office to have their partnership tax return prepared. Let’s
quickly prepare a partnership tax return for the AbleBaker Bookstore and
learn about some of the features in the program.
Step 1 – Start-Up
A Double click the Program icon on your desktop.
B The program should automatically open to the Client Selection screen.
If not, click the Clients button on the button bar.
Step 2 – Folder Selection
A Click the 1065 tab.
B Create a new folder by clicking Edit on the menu bar and selecting
New Folder from the list.
CType Tutorial in the New Folder Name field and click OK.
Step 3 – Client Selection
A A database will maintain a list of clients already in your folder. Since
the AbleBaker Bookstore partnership is new, click the New Client
button.
Step 4 – New Client
AThe New Client screen will appear, enabling you to initialize the client.
B To move from field to field, use your mouse or press the Enter, Tab,
or Arrow keys. Press the Shift and Tab keys together to move back a
field.
C Enter the Client Number as 1.
D Enter the Client ID as ABLE9999 (we have used the first four letters in
the partnership name and the last four digits of the EIN).
Note
The Client ID and Client No. fields are optional entries. They may be left
blank or any combination of letters and/or numbers may be used.
E Enter the Partnership Name as AbleBaker Bookstore. An input field
for the second name, if applicable, is provided.
F Enter the EIN without a dash, as it is already provided. AbleBaker
Bookstore’s EIN is 10-9999999.
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G Enter the address as 334 North Main Street.
Note
1 AbleBaker Bookstore’s zip code is 20904.
There are no fields for the city and state. Simply enter the zip code and
the program will insert the city and state on the General Information
screen. If the zip code represents more than one city, the program will
open a window with a selection of cities for that zip code. Select the correct city by highlighting it.
2 AbleBaker Bookstore’s city is Silver Spring.
HClick OK to continue.
Step 5 – General Information
A The first input screen will appear. This is the General Information
screen. Notice that the Client ID, partnership’s name, address, city, state,
zip, county, and EIN have all carried from the New Client screen.
B The partnership is a calendar year partnership. The Fiscal/Short Year is
not applicable for this return. Leave this area blank.
C The business activity for AbleBaker Bookstore is Retail. Highlight the
Business Activity input field. Click the down arrow (t) button on the
drop down box. A listing of the principal business activities will appear
in a tree format based on the North American Industry Classification
System in the IRS form instructions. Find Retail Trade and click the
plus (+) sign to expand the tree. A more detailed listing will appear.
Select Book Stores. The program will insert the Principal Business
Activity as Retail Trade, the Principal Product or service as Book
Stores and the Business Code Number as 451211.
D Enter the date the business started as 10-01-80.
EThe Method of Accounting is Accrual.
F For this tutorial, enter your firm’s email address on the Email address
line.
Step 6 – Preparer Options
We will now go to the Preparer Options screen indicated in the Forms pane
as PO - Options. Frank and Susan want to produce financial statements
in the program in order to determine their ability to obtain financing for a
future real estate investment. The financial statements prepared on a tax
basis include a Statement of Revenue and Expenses, a Balance Sheet, and a
Statement of the Partner’s Capital.
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A Check the box to Prepare financial statements.
Frank and Susan also want the Two-Year Comparison Worksheet. This
worksheet lists the ordinary income, expenses, and Schedule K amounts for
the current and prior years and computes the differences between them.
B Check the box to Prepare two-year comparison worksheet.
Step 7 – 1065, page 1, Ordinary Income and Expenses
Let’s start by entering the ordinary income and expenses on page 1 of Form
1065 for the AbleBaker Bookstore.
A In the Forms pane, click on 1 - 1065 Pg 1.
B Enter the following ordinary income in the appropriate field in the Input
pane:
Gross receipts or sales, line 1a . . . . . . . . . . $409,465
Returns and allowances, line 1b . . . . . . . . . . . $3,365
Interest income on accounts receivable, line 7* $559
* We will create a detail statement on line 7 for the interest income of $559. Put the curser on the line 7 input field, then click the Detail button on the button bar. Enter the description as Interest income on
accounts receivable. Enter the amount as $559.
CClick OK to return to the 1065, page 1 input screen.
Note
When you move from this field, the color of the field will change, indicating that it was detailed. The total amount will also appear.
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D Enter the following allowable deductions in the appropriate input fields:
Salaries and wages, line 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $29,350
Guaranteed payments to partners, line 10 . . $25,000
Repairs and maintenance, line 11 . . . . . . . . . . $1,125
Bad debts, line 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250
Real Property, line 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20,000
State Income Taxes, line 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,295
Interest, line 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,451
Other Deductions, line 20
(Frank received $20,000 and Susan received $5,000)
Advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,000
Other business deductions* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,003
* We will create a detail statement for the other business deductions of $4,003. Put the curser on the line 20 input field for Other business deductions, then click the Detail button. Enter the descriptions as
Labeling Costs and Miscellaneous Deductions on separate lines. Enter
the amounts as $3,000 and $1,003, respectively. EClick OK to return to the 1065, page 1 input screen.
F On the button bar, click the Peek button to view the output form. Check
to make sure the Total Other Deductions of $8,003 is printing on line
20.
Step 8 – Depreciation
The partnership has bookshelves that they are currently depreciating. The
bookshelves were purchased in one transaction. Therefore, they will be set up
as one asset. We will use the Asset Tracker to help track the depreciation.
A Click the Assets button located on the button bar to open the Asset
Tracker.
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B Click the New button to add the asset.
1 Make sure the Form is set to 1065.
2 Enter the Description as Shelves.
3 The shelves were purchased on 05-01-2010.
4 The Type is Furniture and Fixtures.
5 The Prior Depreciation is $480.
6The Cost was $3,356.
7 The Method should default to MACRS 7 Year (M7YR).
8 Click Ok to continue. You are now on the General tab of the Asset
Tracker.
Note
Select the Type by clicking t in the Type field, or start typing Furniture
to use the auto-fill feature. This is an optional entry.
9The Current Depreciation should be $822.
10 Enter $480 as the Prior Depreciation in the AMT column.
CClick Close to exit the Asset Tracker and return to the 1065, page 1
input screen.
Step 9 – 1125A, Cost of Goods Sold
A From the Forms Selection pane, click on Form 1125-A, Cost of Good
Sold.
1 Enter the following amounts:
Inventory at beginning of year, line 1 . . . . . $18,125
Purchases, line 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $268,741
Inventory at end of year, line 7 . . . . . . . . . . $19,225
2 Line 8, Cost of goods sold, will automatically calculate and should
equal $267,641.
3 The method used for valuing inventory for the partnership is Cost,
which is the default method in the program. Therefore, no entry is
necessary.
4 The remaining questions regarding inventory are answered No by
default for the partnership. You do not need to make any entry.
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B Again from the forms seleciton pane, select the Form 1065, page 1
input screen.
C Click the Peek button on the button bar to review the numbers on the
form. As a result of the Cost of goods sold entries, Form 1065, page 1
should show the following:
Total income, line 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $139,018
Total deductions, line 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $89,296
Ordinary business income, line 22 . . . . . . . . $49,722
Step 10 – 1065, page 2 & 3, Other Information, Schedule
B
The AbleBaker Bookstore is a Domestic General Partnership, which is the
default in the program. Therefore, an entry on line 1 of Schedule B is not
necessary. In addition, the partners will all be treated as general partners
on the Schedule K-1s.
Note
The questions on lines 2 and 4-16 are answered No by default for the
partnership. Question 3 will automatically be produced based on information entered on the Partner K-1s, to be entered later in this tutorial.
Also, question 17, the last question on Schedule B deals with foreign
partnerships and is not applicable for this return.
Step 11 – 1065, page 4, Schedule K
A In the Forms pane, click on 4 - 1065 pg 4.
B The partnership has several items that must be reported separately on
Schedule K.
1 Click the Interest grid button on line 5. Enter the Interest Income
Description of Maryland Municipal Bonds. In the Total Muni
Bonds column, enter 50. Note that the resident state of MD
appeared in the State column. This state can be changed to indicate
the state that issued the bonds, if needed. The tax-exempt interest
will carry to line 18a of Schedule K. Click the Close button.
2
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Click
the Dividends grid button on line 6. Enter the Dividend
Income Description of Amazon.com Stock. Press the Tab key to
move to column 1a and enter 150 as the Total Ordinary Dividends.
Press the Tab key to move to column 1b. Notice that the 150
automatically appears in column 1b. This is to help eliminate key
strokes, as most ordinary dividends are also qualified dividends.
Column 1b can be changed if necessary. Click Close to return to
the 1065, page 4 input screen.
3
We will create a Detail Statement for the contributions for line
13. Click the line 13a, Cash contributions (50%), input field,
then click the Detail button on the button bar and select Detail
Statement. Enter the descriptions as United Way and American
Cancer Society on separate lines. Enter the amounts as 300 and
350, respectively. Close the grid. Click Peek to view the full form.
Verify that line 13a shows the total contributions of $650.
CEnter $52,880 on line 19a, Distributions of cash and marketable
securities. Frank and Susan each withdrew $26,440 from the
partnership. Step 12 – 1065, page 5, Analysis of Net Income
A In the Forms pane, click on 5 - 1065 pg 5.
Note
The Analysis of Net Income section will be automatically filled out based
on the type of partners indicated on the Schedule K-1 input screen. The
Schedule K-1 input will be deferred to a later step in this tutorial.
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Step 13 – 1065, page 5, Balance Sheet
A Enter the AbleBaker Bookstore beginning and ending balance sheet
amounts as shown below:
Beginning of Tax Year
End of
Tax Year
Cash, line 1
$9,981$9,181
Notes and accounts
receivable, line 2a
$7,150$10,990
Tax-exempt securities, line 5*
Maryland Municipal Bonds $1,000$1,000
Bldg/other depreciable
assets, line 9a
Accumulated depreciation,
line 9b
Accounts payable, line 15
$8,742$8,329
Mortgages, notes, bonds
under 1 yr, line 16
$3,000$2,600
Mortgages, notes, bonds
over 1 yr, line 19
$3,356
$320
$7,739
* For the Tax-exempt securities, line 5, create a Detail Statement
by clicking the Detail button on the button bar and using Maryland
Municipal Bonds as the description. Notice that the detail statements on
the balance sheet allow the beginning and ending amounts for the year
to be entered.
B Scroll down below the balance sheet to locate Schedule M-2, Analysis
of Partners’ Capital Accounts. Enter $27,550 as the balance at the
beginning of the year on line 1 of Schedule M-2. The M-2 beginning
and ending balances for the year will automatically carry to the balance
sheet, line 21.
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C Verify the following amounts by clicking the Peek button on the button
bar to view the form. These amounts should automatically carry and
print on the balance sheet of Form 1065, page 5:
Note
Beginning of
Tax Year End of
Tax Year
$18,125$19,225
Inventories, line 3*
Bldg/other depreciable
assets, line 9a ^
Accumulated depreciation,
line 9b ^
Total assets, line 14
$39,292$43,096
Partners’ capital account,
line 21 ~
$27,550$24,285
Total Liabilities and Capital,
line 22
$39,292$43,096
$3,356
$656
* This field carries automatically from Schedule A, Cost of Goods Sold.
^ This field carries automatically from the Asset Tracker.
~ This field carries automatically from Schedule M-2.
In the subsequent year, the beginning balance sheet amounts need not be
entered because the amounts will carry from the prior year ending balance
sheet amounts to the subsequent year beginning balance sheet amounts
during the Update process. The detail statements will also be updated.
Step 14 – 1065, page 5, Schedule M-1
No entries are required for the AbleBaker Bookstore because all of the M-1
items carry automatically from other parts of the return.
A Scroll down to the bottom of the input screen to locate Schedule M-1,
Reconciliation of Income per Books with Income per Return.
BClick Peek to view the output screen.
C On line 3, Guaranteed payments of $25,000 automatically carried from
page 1, line 10.
D On line 6, Tax exempt interest of $50 automatically carried from page 4,
Schedule K, line 18a.
E On line 7a, Depreciation of $486 automatically carried from the Asset
Tracker.
F On line 9, Income (loss) of $74,222 automatically carried from page 5,
Analysis of Net Income (Loss), line 1.
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G On line 1, Net income (loss) per books of $49,758 was computed based
on the above amounts.
H Click Peek to return to the input screen.
Step 15 – 1065, page 5, Schedule M-2
A Scroll below Schedule M-1 to locate Schedule M-2.
B The $27,550 for the balance at the beginning of the year for the
Partners’ Capital Accounts was entered in Step 13. This amount will
carry to Schedule L. In the subsequent year, it is not necessary to enter
this amount because it will be updated and reflect the prior year’s ending balance amount.
C Click Peek to view the output form.
D On line 3, Net income (loss) per books of $49,758 carried automatically
from Schedule M-1, line 1.
E On line 6, Distributions of $52,880 carried automatically from Schedule
K, line 19a.
F On line 9, Balance at end of year of $24,428 was computed based on
the above amounts.
GClick Federal to return to the input screen.
Step 16 – Schedule K-1, Frank W. Able
We need to enter Frank’s K-1 information.
A In the Forms pane, click on K1 - Partner K-1.
B Notice the Prior, Next, and 1 of 1 buttons at the top of the input screen.
This screen is set up as a multiple input screen where up to 10,000 K-1s
may be entered.
CEnter Frank W. Able as the Partner’s name (top line).
D Enter Frank’s Street Address as 10 Green Street.
E Enter the ZIP code as 20904.
F Select Silver Spring as the city.
G Enter Frank’s SSN as 123-00-6789.
H Check the box to indicate that Frank is the Tax Matters Partner. The
required information will carry automatically to page 2 of the 1065.
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If you peek the form, you will notice for item G that the box for
General partner is automatically checked on the form because this is a
General Partnership.
JClick Peek to return to the input screen.
KSelect 7, Individual – Active from the drop down box for the Type of
entity field on item I.
LEnter 50% in the Master Default % field for item J since Frank’s percentage of profit sharing, loss sharing, and ownership of capital is 50%.
MEnter $14,050 for Frank’s Beginning Capital for item L, Partner’s
capital account analysis. The remaining amounts from item L are
automatically computed. In the subsequent year, you need not enter the
beginning capital account because the ending capital account for the
prior year will update to the beginning capital account for the
subsequent year.
NEnter $20,000 on line 4, Guaranteed Payments to Partner, of part III
for Frank’s guaranteed payment. Frank’s guaranteed payment and his
share of ordinary income will be subject to Self-Employment Tax. The
program will carry the self-employment earnings to line 14a.
O All remaining amounts will carry automatically to Schedule K-1 from
Schedule K.
Step 17 – Schedule K-1, Susan L. Baker
Now we need to enter Susan’s K-1 information.
A At the top of Frank’s K-1 input screen, click the Next button to access
the second K-1.
B Notice that at the top of the input screen, next to the Prior and Next buttons, we see 2 of 2.
CEnter Susan L. Baker as the Partner’s name (top line).
D Enter Susan’s Street Address as 10 Orange Street.
E Enter the ZIP code as 20904.
F Select Silver Spring as the city.
G Enter Susan’s SSN as 546-01-3333.
H If you peek the form, you will notice for item G, that the box for
General partner is automatically checked on the form because this is a
General Partnership.
IClick Peek to return to the input screen.
JSelect 7, Individual – Active from the drop down box for the Type of
entity field on item I.
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KEnter 50% in the Master Default % field for item J since Susan’s percentage of profit sharing, loss sharing, and ownership of capital is 50%.
LEnter $13,500 for Susan’s Beginning Capital for item L, Partner’s
capital account analysis. The remaining amounts from item L are
automatically computed. In the subsequent year, you need not enter the
beginning capital account because the ending capital account for the
prior year will update to the beginning capital account for the
subsequent year.
MEnter $5,000 on line 4, Guaranteed Payments to Partner, of part III for
Susan’s guaranteed payment. Susan’s guaranteed payment and her share
of ordinary income will be subject to Self-Employment Tax. The program will carry the self-employment earnings to line 14a.
N All remaining amounts will carry automatically to Schedule K-1 from
Schedule K.
Step 18 – Self-Employment Worksheet
Because Frank and Susan are general partners and their income is subject
to Self-Employment Tax, the total net earnings of $74,722 will carry to
Schedule K, line 14a. In addition, the Self-Employment Worksheet will be
produced. The worksheet is a duplicate of the worksheet found in the IRS
form instructions. To view the worksheet, the return must be reviewed (Step
21).
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Step 19 – Two-Year Comparison
Frank and Susan want a Two-Year Comparison report so they can identify
any significant changes in amounts reported in 2011 versus the amounts
reported in 2010. In Step 6, Preparer Options, the Two-Year Comparison
box was checked. However, because this is a new client, the 2010 amounts
must be manually input. In subsequent years, the report will be updated for
the prior year amounts.
A In the Forms pane, click 2YR-2Yr Comp P1.
B Enter the following amounts for the prior year:
Income:
Gross receipts or sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300,000
Less returns and allowances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,000
Cost of goods sold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250,000
Other income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50
Deductions:
Salaries and wages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25,000
Guaranteed payments to partners . . . . . . . . . $25,000
Repairs and maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,000
Bad debts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $200
Rent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20,000
Taxes and licenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,500
Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,400
Depreciation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $320
Other deductions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000
Schedule K:
Guaranteed payments to partners . . . . . . . . . $25,000
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C In the Forms Pane, click 2YR2-2Yr Comp P2.
D Enter the following amount for the prior year:
Self-Employment:
Net earnings from self-employment . . . . . . . $32,320
Step 20 – State Instructions
The AbleBaker Bookstore also operates a store in Washington, D.C. The
partnership is required to file a Washington, D.C. Partnership Return of
Income.
A Click the State button on the button bar. It should have the Maryland
State flag on it since Maryland was entered as the incorporation state on
the Federal General Information input screen.
B Click the States... button.
C Notice that Maryland is already entered as the resident (organization or
incorporation) state.
DSelect DC from the drop down box as the 2nd state. Then click the
Close button.
E Click the t on the State drop down box located on the Forms Pane.
Select DC from the list of states.
F The state information will carry directly from the federal inputs. If you
would like to override any values, you may do so now.
Step 21 – Review the Return
Now let’s review the return. The program will produce Form 1065, pages
1 through 5; Schedules K-1 for Frank and Susan; a Two-Year Comparison;
Financial Statements; Form 4562; and a Detail Statement. The program
will also produce a Self-Employment Worksheet, a Federal Depreciation
Schedule, a Partner’s Summary, Schedule M-1 explanation, Partner’s current
year increase/decrease worksheet, an instruction letter for the Partnership, a
K-1 letter with each K-1, an invoice, and state forms.
A Click the Review button on the button bar.
B The program produces some audit statements that may provide useful information or help identify trouble spots in the return. This return
should produce only one green FYI audit. However, if you do see some
audits while processing client tax returns, they should be resolved
before filing the returns, if possible; green audits, which are reminders
and FYI information audits, require no further action.
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Step 22 – Compare 1065, Pages 1-5, Schedules K-1
In the Samples directory, you will find a copy of the AbleBaker Bookstore
return. Review the return, print out Form 1065, pages 1 through 5, and
Schedules K-1. Compare them to the return that you have entered in the
Tutorial folder.
Step 23 – Printing the Return
You have various options for printing.
A You can print or save the return.
B There are several ways to print all of the forms:
1 Click the t in the Print drop down box and select All.
Then click the Print button.
2
Select all of the forms by clicking the checkbox at the very top
of the Output Forms list. Select Tagged from the Print drop down
box and then click the Print button.
C To print specific forms, tag the forms you want to print by checking the
box next to the form in the Output Forms list. Select Tagged from the
Print drop down box and then click the Print button.
D To print only one specific form, highlight the form, make sure Page is
selected in the Print drop down box, and click the Print button.
E To save the return in PDF file, tag the forms you want to save and click
the Adv. button. In the Save section of this screen, select Tagged from
the Set drop down box. Click the Browse (…) button to find the appropriate location. Click the Start Job button.
Step 24 – Exiting the Return
When you are finished printing or viewing the return, use the following
steps to exit.
A Click the Clients button on the button bar. This will take you back to
the Client Selection screen.
B Or, you may click the Close button on the button bar. This will close
the client. You can then exit the program by selecting Exit from the File
menu.
Note
Saving a return will save the PDF file in a location that you specify on your
computer. If you have installed the ArkWorks program, you can automatically archive tax returns to ArkWorks by clicking the ArkWorks button.
Congratulations!
You have just completed the 1065 Sample Return.
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Other Systems
706 Estate Tax
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the due date for filing Form 706, and can I file an extension?
A: The due date for Form 706 is nine months after the date of death. An
automatic six-month extension can be granted by filing Form 4768. The
IRS releases the current year forms in September. The 706 system is the
only system to have a complete set of forms for two years, so the death
date is required to determine which forms need to be filed.
Q: Why aren’t any forms appearing when I review the return?
A: This usually occurs when the date of death has not been entered on the
current year return. This is a required field. A dropdown box is available
to indicate prior or current year.
Q: What are the supporting schedules for Form 706?
A: Review the summary at the bottom of Form 706 (Recapitulation), page
3 for a list of the schedules.
Information to Note
•
On January 1, 2008, the estate and gift tax treaty between the US and
Sweden was terminated, therefore, Sweden has been deleted from the
countries and Credit Under Treaties (Schedule P).
•
Form 706 cannot be updated as it is a one-time filing, only filed after
death.
•
Form 706 comprises mostly input grids.
•
Assets and property are entered on Schedules A through I.
•
Items carry to Schedule M from the asset schedules.
•
The Alternate value date for the 2032 election on Form 706, page 2 is
automated to six months after the date of death, unless overridden by an
earlier date.
•
Items from Schedules A, E, F, G, or H can be carried to Schedule A-1,
2032A property election.
a. All heirs must sign and agree to the special use valuation on page 4.
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b. A reduction in value cannot exceed $1,000,000.
c. 25% of the gross estate must be 2032A real property.
d. 50% of the estate must be real or personal 2032A property.
•
The 2032 and 2032A elections may be made together or separately.
•
The Marital Deduction is automatically calculated on Schedule M.
a. Schedule M can be completed directly in the To Surviving Spouse
grid.
b. No values will carry from the other schedules.
c. Additional information must be entered manually.
•
Distributions to beneficiaries of the estate are entered on Schedule M,
page 2, line 5.
a. Specific bequests may be entered separately, but cannot exceed the
remainder.
b. The remainder of the estate can be distributed as a fraction, percentage, or amount.
c. The last heir receives any remainder.
•
The Unified Credit is $1,730,800, which is equivalent to
sheltering $5,000,000 of the taxable estate.
•
The amount used in computing the 2% portion of estate tax payable in
installments is $1,340,000.
•
The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax (GST) exclusion is $5,000,000 in
2009.
•
The Credit for State Death Taxes was repealed in 2005. There is now a
State Death Tax Deduction.
•
Schedules P, Q, R, and R-1 are not listed in the Recapitulation.
a. Schedule P is used to report foreign death taxes and any credits.
b. Schedule Q is used to calculate credits from taxes paid on prior
transfers within ten years, prorated for the time since the transfer.
The maximum is three entries.
c. Schedules R and R-1 are used to calculate GST taxes.
•
Schedule U is used to report the Qualified Conservation Easement
Exclusion.
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709 Gift Tax
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the due date for filing Form 709, and can I file an extension?
A: The due date is April 15th of the tax year. Extending the federal Form
1040 with Form 4868 automatically extends the federal Form 709 for
six months. If Form 1040 is not extended, Form 8892 can be filed to
extend Form 709. Form 8892 is also used as a payment voucher when
Form 1040 is extended.
Q: Can taxpayers and spouses file jointly?
A: No. Separate returns must be filed. Information from one spouse’s
return is required on the other. Separate returns will automatically generate if the box is checked for Will a gift tax return for this calendar
year be filed by the spouse?
Information to Note
238
•
Community property is automated if the address listed is a community
property state.
•
Gift splitting is automated if the Do the donors consent box is checked.
•
Returns may be incorrect if the preparer tries to split gifts manually,
community property is calculated manually, or one half of the gift
amounts were entered manually on each return.
Other Products
The tax software offers the following products to help with your tax
preparation:
n Refund Calculator – The Refund Calculator asks for limited attributes
that will help you quickly estimate your client’s refund before entering
the full return. This product is installed during the initial installation.
You can access it by clicking the File menu from the tax program’s task
bar, and selecting Refund Calculator. Tabs at the top allow entries for
General Client information, W-2 income, 1099 Income, Other Income,
Adjustments, and Deductions. Entries made in the Refund Calculator
can be exported into TaxWorks to create a new client. This is done by
clicking on the File menu item at the top left of the Refund Calculator
screen, and selecting New Client.
n TaxPlanner – The TaxPlanner helps you predict your clients’ tax situation with up to five different options on the screen at the same time. If
you have purchased the TaxPlanner, you should have received a CD in
the mail containing the installation instructions, or an email containing
Internet installation instructions. After installation, you can access the
TaxPlanner by clicking the File menu and selecting TaxPlanner. If you
open the TaxPlanner while in a client’s return, any amounts entered in
the return will automatically be imported into the TaxPlanner. You can
access the TaxPlanner Help by pressing F1 within the TaxPlanner. A
tutorial on how to use the TaxPlanner can be found online at cache.taxworks.com.
n RedGear Accounting Powered by CYMA – RedGear is excited to
team with CYMA to offer a fully-integrated, sophisticated accounting
software solution. A few of the features include: Single User System
Manager, After-The-Fact Cash Disbursements & Receipts, After-TheFact Payroll with Complete Payroll Reporting, General Ledger with
Financial Reporting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Bank
Reconciliation. Contact your sales representative for more information.
Other Products 239
Index
1040 Individual 4, 36-56, 67, 176
1040 Modernized e-File (MeF) 156,
177, 178
1040 Sample Return 36-56
1041 Fiduciary 208
1065 Partnership 236, 238,
1065 Sample Return 221-235
1099-DIV 42
1099-G 206
1099-INT 42
1099-Misc 204, 206
1099-R 123, 144, 206, 207
1120 Corporation 208
1120S S Corporation 5, 142, 179,
183, 203, 208
1041 Sample Return 210-220
2D Barcode 2, 125
706 Estate 236
709 Gift 238
990 Exempt 142, 180, 185
A
Accounting 239
Acknowledgments 142, 163, 166168
Add a Form 26
Adjustments 28, 47
Advanced Form Delivery 129, 131133
Advanced Printing 131
Adobe Acrobat Reader 128,
220
Alerts 23, 58, 141, 165, 202
Amended Return 115
Archive 141, 163, 167, 172
Assets 22, 96-107
Asset Tracker 28, 96-107 Audits 22, 23, 33, 58, 64, 77, 148
Suppress 34
Audit Trail 34
Auto Backup 57
Auto-Fill Library 38, 43, 48
B
Backup i, 111-112
Auto Backup 57
240
Restore 112
Balance Sheet 208, 228-229
Bank (See Financial Products)
Barcode Reader 109
Barcode (See 2D Barcode)
Barcode Reader 109
Batch Process 64, 91
Blank Form 134, 206
Birthday Listing 94
Business Codes 32, 124
Business Systems 208-209
1041 Fiduciary 208
1065 Partnership 185,
187, 208
Corporation 185, 187
1120S S Corporation 5
Features 208-209
Button Bar 22-23
C
Calculator 49, 99, 120-121
Cell Phone Number 38
Child Care Credit 39
Child Care Provider 72
Cities 203-206
Clear Text 31
Client Identification 195
Client Management 23, 52, 88, 91,
208
Client Number 31, 37, 63, 221
Client Selection 20, 22-23, 25,
31-32, 36, 55-56, 61-65, 83, 112,
136, 157, 168, , 210, 221
Client Status 89-90, 95, 120
Client Updating (See Proforma)
Clients
Backup 111-112
Batch Process 64
Columns 32, 65
Copy 30, 62-63
Data Path Names 36, 59,
61, 83, 86, 111
Delete 62-63
Download 62, 64, 138
EF Federal Status 157
EF State Status 157
Move 62
New 63
Organizers 64
Print 125-134
Renumber 67 Recycle 63
Refresh EF Status 64, 157
Restore 63, 97, 112
Security 85-89
Transmit 150. 158-160
150
Updating (See Proforma)
Uploading 62, 122
Close 22, 35, 63, 78, 133
Colors 29-30
Column Display 65
Comments 89-90, 94-95
Common Forms 26, 86, 123
Confirmation Letters 163, 167-168
Consent 70, 122
Consent to Disclose 70, 122
Consent to Use 122
Contributions 48, 51, 54, 210, 227
Control Data 31, 34, 57-58, 122
Copy Clients 62-63
Custom Letters 53-54, 114-115
Extension and Regular
113
Update Custom 114
Custom Status 60, 89-90
CYMA 239
D
Data Input 134
Data Paths 36, 61, 63, 83-84
Database 11-12, 111, 197-198
Client 92, 111
City Tax Information 204
E-File (See Electronic
Filing - Database)
Installation 11-12
Zip Code 71
Date Auto-fill 32
Declaration Control Number (DCN)
142-143, 170
Defaults 26, 30, 53, 121
Invoice 118
Printer 122, 128-129, 132
Remove 121
Restore 26
Set 121
Delete 31, 62
Asset Tracker 157-159
Clients 62
Configuration 16
Data Paths 63, 83
Defaults 67, 121
Edit 63
Folder 63
Form 32
Library 123
Line 31
Management 92
Multiple 32-33, 205
StaR 69
State & City 203
Status 89
Text 31
User 16, 86
Dependent Information 39, 73
Depreciation 46, 97, 99, 101-102,
106, 224-225
Asset Tracker 96-107
Reports 106
Symbols
Detail Statements 23, 31, 45, 79-80,
120
Direct Deposit 5, 53, 144-145, 147,
191
Disbursement Method 191, 195, 200
Discounts 119, 123
Display Requirements 1
Distribution Sets 125-126
Customizing 127-128
Defaults 128-129
Print 130-131
Save 132
Update 60
Watermark 127
Download
Clients 62, 64, 130-131
Files 62, 64
Installation 9, 18-21
.NET Framework 7, 9
PUP Code 205
Updates 18-21
Drain Time 178-184
Duplicate 69, 120
E
Earned Income Credit (EIC) 39-40,
73
Edit 30, 63
City Tax Info 123
Custom Letters 53, 114
115
Data Paths 36, 83
Login 161
Menu 63
Security 87-88
Editor 124
Education Credit 38, 210
E-File (see Electronic Filing)
E-File Center 61, 94, 141-190
EF Settings 34, 121-122, 143-144,
150, 156
Electronic Filing Identification
Number (EFIN) 14, 142-143,
170, 185, 200
Electronic Filing
1040 E-File 142, 177-178
1041 E-file 181-182
1065 E-File 182
1120 E-File 183
1120S E-File 183
990 E-File 180-181
Acknowledgments163,
167, 172
Alerts 163, 165, 172, 178, 202
Archive 141, 163, 167, 172, 176
Audits 218
Balance Due 145
Batch 142-143
Business 147, 168, 177
180
CADE (Customer
Account Data Engine)
178-179
Center (See E-File Center)
Control Data 122
Confirmation Letter 163,
167-168
Create E-File(s) 55, 149-
150, 165, 168, 184, 218-219
Credit Card 147
Database 163, 168, 170, 197, 204
Declaration Control
Number (DCN) 142,
Default EFIN 14, 143
Direct Deposit 53,144-
147, 191
Direct States 144, 151
Drain Times 178, 180-184
EFIN (See Electronic
Filing Identification
Number) Simulation
170, 174
Election 155-156
Electronic Funds
Withdrawal 53, 144-
147, 179, 212
Electronic Return
Originator (ERO) 148, 152-154, 177, 181-
183, 196
Email 168
Enrollment 76,160, 164, 174, 191, 200
Exempt Organization
(990) 180, 185
Extensions 142, 164,174, 179, 180
Federal 142, 144-145, 146, 151, 156, 163, 165, 168, 178, 180, 183
Federal Mandates 236
Financial Product Enrollment 76, 164, 174
Force New DCN 193
Forms 55, 149, 169, 178,-
180, 184
Form 8453 148-149, 155,
177
Form 8633 142,181-183
Form 8879 109, 142, 144, 148-149, 152-153, 155, 165, 168, 177, 181-183
Form 8888 145-146
Funding 178, 200
History 164, 200
Imperfect Returns 169
IRS E-Help Number 176,
IRS Service Center 176
Key E-file Information
34, 144
Login 158-163, 165,166
Multiple Office
Management 164, 173-
174
Modernized E-File 177
Not Transmitted 94, 172
Notes 155
Originator (ERO) 148, 152-154, 177, 181-183, 196
Overview 152, 159, 161, 163-173, 177-184
Index 241
242
Partnership (1065) 182,
185,
Password 158-166,192, 194. 220
Phone Number 71, 93, 116, 147, 176, 181-183
Piggyback 144-145, 151,
166, 169, 178
PIN (Personal
Identification Number)
75, 144, 148, 152, 154
Practitioner PIN 152-154, 181-184
Preparing Return 142-143
Refresh EF Status 64,, 157
Refund, 145-146, 156, 178-179
Regulatory 156
Rejects 142, 144, 164-
165, 168
Remove 121,165, 167
Returns 55, 62, 64, 94, 122, 141-144, 151, 152-156, 164, 165-
168, 169-184
S-Corporation (1120S) 142, 151, 179, 183, 185
Security 159-165
Self-Select PIN 148, 152, 154
Send 55, 136,141,150-
151, 156, 157,163,165-
168, 170, 177-183, 192
Settings (See Control or
EF and Bank Settings)
Signature Date 74
SSNs/EINs Masked 69, 165
State 142, 144, 150-153, 152, 163-166, 169-178
State Mandates 237-242
State Only 194-195, 200
Status 62, 64-65, 72, 157, 168, 197, 199, 220
Test 170, 195, 202
Transmitting 142, 150, 165, 181-183, 219
Verify Vital Data 34
Website 142, 154, 165, 173, 201
Email 39, 118, 162, 168, 200, 211,
222, 239
Enrollment 76, 160, 164, 191, 200
Envelopes 109-110
Estate (706) 206
Estimate 51, 207
Estimated Payments 51, 189
Excel 31, 118, 171, 196, 200
Export iii, 63, 118, 171, 196,
200,239
Extension 91, 113, 114, 126,142,
164, 174, 179-180, 187
F
FAQ Button 24
Federal Forms 125, 127, 204
Federal Mandates 185
Fees191,195, 200, 215
File Menu 56, 60-63, 95 111-112,
114, 235, 239
Filing Status 39, 70, 79, 81
Financial Planning 36, 108
Financial Products 23, 75-76, 94,
156, 160, 164, 174, 191-200
Disbursement Option 191, 194-195, 198, 200, 239
Enrollment 76, 160, 164, 174, 191, 200
Fee 188, 191, 195-196, 200, 215, 218
Pre-paid debit card 191
Financial Reports
Two Year Comparison 108
Financial Products Enrollment 191
Find 32, 61, 171, 198
Firm Data 57, 164
Fix Now 33, 54, 148, 218
Flash Drives (see Removable
Media)
Folder (See New Folder)
Forms (See also Add a Form)
Form 8453 148-149, 155, 177
Form 8879 4-5, 109, 142, 152-153,
181-183
Form W-2 34, 40, 74-75, 204, 206207
Form Filler 125, 133-134, 206
Form Help 49, 207
Form Links 28
Form Used Tab 24-27
G
General Information 37, 116, 222
General Information Screen 28, 37,
52, 65-66, 114, 123, 212, 222
General Instructions 22-35
General Reports (See Reports)
Get PUP Code (See PUP Codes)
Gift (709) 238
Government Instructions 49, 201
Grid 31, 79
Simple 31
Super 31
Group Status 93
H
Hardware Requirements 1
Help Menu 22, 135, 140, 151, 201202
About 202
Alerts 202
Government Instructions 201
Program 201
PUP History 202
Release Dates 202
Revisions 202
Test Communications 202
Web Site 201
Helpful Hints 30-35
Helpful E-File Tools 152, 156-157
Hide/Show Columns 65
I-K
Idle Mode 22, 58, 63, 134
Import K-1 35
Individual (1040) 4, 34, 36, 65, 67,
142, 144, 150, 156, 166, 170,
176-179, 185-187, 203, 208
Initial Configuration 9-20
Input Mode 61, 63
Input Pane 24, 49, 212, 223
Install 7-9
Adobe Acrobat Reader 8, 128, 220
. NET Framework 1, 7, 9
Soft Fonts 2, 128
Installation 7-9
Automatic Updates 18-19
Download 9
From CD-ROM 7-8
From Internet 9
Refund Calculator 239
TaxPlanner 239
Uninstall 57
Updates 18-21
Instruction Letter 85, 94, 113-117
Internet Service Provider (ISP) 135
Alerts 23, 141, 202
Download 62, 64, 138
E-mail Support 135
Help 140
PUP Codes 139-140
PUP History 140
Test Communications 135, 202
Update 18-21
Upload 64, 135-138
Internet Upgrades 139
Invoice 118-119
Exporting/Importing
Amounts to CSV 118
K Schedule 223, 226, 229-233
K-1 Received 35, 204
Knowledge Base 168, 202
L
Labels 109
Letters 113-117
Custom 114-115
E-File Center 168
Federal Extra 117
Standard Filing 113
Libraries 45, 48, 60, 123
Employer Library 60, 123
Routing Transit Number (RTN) 123
License Agreement i-iv
License Notice 13, 57, 158
List Business Codes 32, 124
Login 11, 15, 86-87, 158-162
M
M-1 Schedule 208, 229, 230
M-2 Schedule 228, 229, 230
Managing Your Client Files 61
Management 88
Clients 91
Labels 109
Reports 93-94
Multiple Office (see Multiple Office Management)
Management Letters 113-117
Management Reports 93-94
Management Security 88-89
Mandates 236-242
Married Filing Separate 46, 79-82
Input 79-80
Split Return 80, 81, 121
Master Password 15-16, 85-89
Menu Bar 22, 23
Modernized E-File (MeF) 156, 177
M..O..M.. see Multiple Office Management
Mouse Settings 58 Mouse Wheel
Control 32
Multiple 32, 98, 107, 136, 147,
173, 195
Client Returns 64
Forms Display 26
PUP Codes 206
States 151
Multiple Office Management 164,
173-176
N-O
Net Income 227
New Assets 46, 225
New Clients 66, 205
New Features 3
New Folder 36, 63, 88
New Forms 33
Nonresident 46, 49, 207
Notes 21, 49, 93, 121, 155
Ohio Cities 204-205
Optional Entry 28,
Ordinary Expense 223-224
Ordinary Income 223-224
Organizers 64, 83-85
Other Printable Forms 133-134
Other Products 239
Other Systems 236-237
Output Pane 22, 32, 55
Override Entry 28,
P-Q
Paste Amounts 35
Partnership (1065) 5, 142, 150,
179, 182, 185, 208, 221-235
Password 15-16, 85, 86, 87, 88,
158, 161-162, 164
Payments 24, 51, 207
PDF 2, 55, 125, 167, 196
Phone Number IRS E-File 176, 181,
182, 183, 184
Piggyback 151, 178
PIN 75, 144, 148, 152-155
Preparer Data 60
Preparer Options (PO) 38, 213, 217,
222
Print Features 125-134
Advanced Form Delivery 55, 129, 131-133
Batch Process 64, 91, 130, 208
Blank Forms 206
Customizing Sets 127
Distribution Sets 122, 125-126, 132
Duplex 84, 125
Defaults 122, 128-129, 132
Form Filler 125, 133, 134
Input Screen 122
Labels 129
Return 125, 128, 130-
131
Sets 125-128
Soft Fonts 2, 128
Printer & Delivery 2, 122, 125,
129
Printers 2
Prior Year Value 154, 217
Privacy Letter 94
Proforma 59-60, 62, 64, 90
Publications 49
PUP Codes 64, 139, 202, 206
History 202
Multiple 206
Quick EF Lookup Tool 61, 62,
122
R
Rebuild Clients 64
Reciprocal State 207
Recycle Bin 62, 63
Refresh 64, 157
Refund Calculator 239
Refund Into Multiple Accounts 147
Rejects 144, 168
Index 243
Release Dates 151, 202
Removable Media 36
Remove Audits 34
Remove Captions 23
Remove Default 121
Remove (Delete) Form 32
Remove (Delete) Status 89
Rename Multiples 33
Renumber Multiples 32
Reports 93, 108, 163, 171, 174
Acknowledgment 166
Address/Phone List 93
Asset 160
Birthday 94
Client Log 93
Client Summary 93
Comment 94
Commission 93
Custom 94
Depreciation 96
Detail 93
Detail Family 94
E-File 177
E-mailing 167
Financial 23
Invoice 93
Management 93, 208
Production Summary 93
PUP History 140, 202
Referral 93
State Totals 94
Status 93, 95
Transmission 150, 166, 170
Two-Year Comparison 108
Required Entry 28, 68, 71, 78
Reset 24, 88
Restore 112
Assets 97
Captions 23
Clients 112
Colors 29-30
Defaults 26
Files 112
Workspace 24
Retirement Contributions 47
Return Summary 27
Review Return 23
244
Revisions 202
RTN Library 60, 123, 146
S
Sale Assets 46
Same as Output 27
Sample Return
Install Samples 65
1040 Sample 36-56
1065 Sample 221-235
Sample Warning 61
Save as PDF 55, 131, 166-167, 196,
235
Schedule A
Form Link 28
1040 Sample 48
1065 Sample Return 229, 236
Schedule B
1040 Sample 42-43
Under Menu 123
1065 Sample 226
Schedule C 4, 27, 32-33, 79, 204
1040 Sample 44-47
Schedule D
1040 Sample Return 43
1041 Sample Return 214, 216
Schedule K
1065 Sample Return 223, 226, 229-233
Schedule K-1 35, 60, 114, 126-127,
182, 208
Business Systems 217, 226-227, 230-232
New System Features 4-6
Ohio Cities 204
Schedule M-1 208, 229-230, 234
Schedule M-2 228-230
Screen Symbols 28
S Corporation 183, 185, 208
Secure Folders 85, 88
Secure Management 88
Security
Initial Configuration 15-16
E-file Center 158-162
Forgot Password 88, 162
Folders 88
Login 86
Management 88
Master Password 15-16, 85-89
Preferences 87
Protect 86
Setup 85
Workbench 85, 124
Self-Employment
1040 Sample Return 44, 50-51
1065 Sample Return 231-
232, 234
Serial Number 11, 13, 57
Set Default 121, 132
Settings 1-2, 9, 11-12, 17-18, 20, 24,
26, 29-31, 34-35, 45, 48, 57, 60,
67, 115, 118-123, 132, 143-144,
156, 193, 220
Signature Authorization Form 153
Signature Forms 109, 126
Signature Pad 109
Simple Grid 31, 41, 45, 48
Simple Tax Return Wizard 67-78
Simulation of E-File and Bank 170,
174
Slip Sheets 60, 110
Soft Fonts 2, 128
Sort 31-32, 43, 60, 61, 65, 170-171,
199
Custom Sort 32, 65
Asset Tracker 97
Split Return 79-81, 121
Stand Alone Computer 10, 18, 143
Standard Filing Instruction Letter
113-114
STaR see Simple Tax Return Wizard
States 49-50, 64, 114, 121
State EF 144-145, 152, 177
City 203-207
Electronic Filing 150-152, 163-164, 169, 174, 177-178,
ES Payments 207
ES Vouchers 207
Form Filler 206
Forms 212
Instructions 49, 234
Multiple 152, 205
Ohio Cities 212
PUP Codes 62, 64, 121, 139-140, 202-203, 205
W-2 115, 212
W-2G 212
1099-R 212
1099-Misc 212
1099-G 212
Status
Add 90
Auto 90
Custom 60, 89-90, 95
Delete 89
Group 93
Status Bar 22, 24, 27
Status Drawer 95
Status for Group 65
Summary Pane 24, 27
Super Grid 31
Suppress Client Numbering 31
Support
Email (Inside Cover)
IRS 176, 181-183
Technical (Inside Cover)
Tool 124
Upload 23, 62, 64, 122, 135, 136
System Installation 7-21
System Requirements 1-2
System Updates 60
Custom Letters 114,
Employer Library 60
Invoice 60
Libraries 60
Preparer Data 60
RTN Library 60
System Files 60
T
Table of Contents v-x
Tag 26, 30, 60, 109
TaxPlanner 239
Templates 114,
Test Communications 135, 202
Thumb Drives (see Removable
Media)
Transmitting Returns 165-166
Tutorial (see Sample Return)
Two Year Comparison 108, 217
U-Z
Uninstall 57
Untag 26, 30, 97, 127, 149
Updates 18-21
Automatically 18
Auto-Scheduler 19
Configure 18
Download 18
Install 18
Manual Download 18
New Updates 20
Options 19
Settings 18
Systems 20-21
Upload 22, 23, 62
Client 23, 62, 135-138
To Account Folder 137
To Support Team 135
User ID 57, 86
Utilities 38, 64, 120-123
Updating Clients (See Proforma)
Verify 39, 144
Verify Vital Data 39
View Menu 23-24, 34
Vouchers 51-52, 207
W-2 34
Employer Library 60, 75, 123
Prepare Return 143
Modernized EF 177
RAL 196-197, 200
Cities 204
State 206
W-2G 206
Watermark 127, 130
WebSite
Adobe® 8
Microsoft® 7
IRS 142, 147, 180-183
Workbench
Menu 120
Security 85-89
Workspace 22, 24
Forms Pane 24-27
Idle Mode 22, 58, 63, 134
Input Mode 61, 63
Output Pane 22, 32, 55
Reset Desk 24
Review 23, 25, 34, 54-55, 62, 64, 77, 81-82, 92, 117, 126, 129, 149, 218-220, 234-235
Summary Pane
Workstation 18
Zero Preparation Fee 194
Zip Codes 37-38, 71, 211, 222
Index 245
2011 Menu Summary
246
Menu Summary 247
Notes
Notes 248
Keyboard
Shortcuts
Keyboard
Shortcuts
Keyboard
Shortcuts
2010
2010
Control Keys
Shift
Tab
Moves to previous field
Ctrl
N
A
Y
A
P
C
X
R
A
Input Mode: Notepad
Input Mode: Get PUP Code
Calculator: Paste
Ctrl
Alt
A
Audits
Ctrl
Alt
Ctrl
Alt
B
Links Back to Parent Form
Ctrl
Alt
Ctrl
Alt
C
Universal: Copy
Ctrl
Alt
S
Input Mode: Save
Ctrl
Alt
D
Input Mode: Set & Clear
Defaults
Ctrl
Alt
T
Calculator: Print Tape
Input Mode: 2-Year Comparison
Ctrl
Alt
I
A
Input Mode: Invoice Settings
Ctrl
Alt
V
A
Universal: Paste
Ctrl
Alt
F
Input Mode: Status Drawer
Ctrl
Alt
X
Universal: Cut
Ctrl
Alt
L
J
Viewing File
Ctrl
Alt
Y
Make fields accessible to Alpha
Characters
Input Mode: Calculator
Function Keys
F1
P
C
F2
X
1P
A
C
X
F4
X
A
F5
P
F6
X
1P
F7
X
1P
Help
F10
Print/Save Default Sets
Federal Forms
F11
Peek
State Forms
F12
Client Selection
Asset Tracker
Input Mode: Detail Statement
Review Mode: Prints Tagged
Input Mode: Review Return
Review Mode: Prints Single Form
Ctrl
Alt
F1
X
P
Program Help
Ctrl
Alt
F2
A
C
Client Status
Shft
F4
A
1P
Next State
F8
X
P
Print Advanced Form Delivery
Ctrl
Alt
F5
Reset Desk
X
F9
P
Erase/Delete
Ctrl
Alt
F10
Reset Forms In Use