Here is the most current information on the TaxSlayer software enhancements from the IRS.
The two spreadsheets contain a list of federal and state enhancements. At this time, the spreadsheets only include the enhancements that are considered implemented in tax year 2016, adopted for tax year 2017, or closed.
For your convenience, the tabs for each spreadsheet with updates are highlighted. Within each spreadsheet all updates have also been highlighted to separate them from the previous report that was shared on 7/12/2017. Items highlighted in “gray” were shared on 7/12/2017. Items highlighted in “peach” are new updates for this week.
Closed enhancements fall into several categories:
- In Production– Has been added to the 2016 software
- Production Ready– Will be added in the 2017 software
- No Development Action Required– Requested or similar feature already exists in the software
- Not Implementing– Programming changes could impact other features and/or the operation of the software as intended
The IRS submitted consolidated lists with 691 federal and state enhancements requested by Tax-Aide and other partners to TaxSlayer at the end of May. The IRS sent out updates for some of the requested enhancements yesterday through the SPEC organization. Those spreadsheets are posted in the OSHC > Tax Training > TaxSlayer section. We have asked for the complete lists of all requested changes submitted by the IRS to TaxSlayer. TaxSlayer is continuing to review all the requested changes and determine what can and cannot be done and we have been assured we will receive more information as that work continues. Please do not assume at this point that a change not on the spreadsheets sent yesterday means a request was ignored. We’ll know more when the entire lists are available.
TaxAide Requests for 2017 TaxSlayer Enhancements include the following categories:
- Entry Enhancements
- Site Management Enhancements
- Productiviity Enhancements
These enhancements can be found on OSHC: select Tax Training and then TaxSlayer. For any additional suggestions please use the format TaxSlayer Enhancement Defect Template at the same location and submit your suggestion using the OSHC Submit a Request
IRS Partner Wish List for 2017 TaxSlayer Enhancements is captured below.
John Haim from NY2 is our Point of Contsct (POC) for identifying and submitting to TaxSlayer support the critical suggestions for changes to state returns that will also improve accuracy – calculation errors, clumsy workarounds, steps that cause preprarer confusion , required steps easy to overlook, etc. that will benefit a significant number of our volunteers and the taxpayers we serve.
Please forward any NYS concerns, questions, or enhancement ideas for TaxSlayer directly to John Haim. His contact information is on the Volunteer Portal.
Following is the current list of TaxSlayer NYS enhancements being requested for the 2017 Tax Season.
Includes e-file calendar and TaxSlayer Clean Up Activities
Includes instructions for Flat Rate and Itemized Reimbursement. For Flat Rate Mass Approval contact your Supervisor.
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TaxSlayer recently introduced new questions on the premium tax credit. If you’re not careful, you may accidentally charge your client an APTC repayment they do not owe!
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“NY4 Workarounds for Tax Slayer (TS) Production 2016 Errors”
(Part I represents Workarounds for known TS software errors and quirks. Review frequently to stay alert to the latest developments. These are not to be used if/when errors are fixed in Production, recent and already fixed items are duly noted and will be deleted in subsequent revisions. Part II represents points of clarification to keep in mind when using TS. Refer to Part II as needed.
Always link to this document to be certain you have the latest info
Heads up, there is a new TaxSlayer blog entry posted this morning regarding a check box added to the W-2 for Medicaid waiver payments. Have not tested it out yet but it claims to take care of the Medicaid waiver and the EITC. Does not mention adjusting for child tax credit or dependent day care credit. There is also a blog entry regarding the ability to enter a 2017 date of death with a caution that if the death has not been reported to Social Security and IRS it will cause a reject.
Suggest that everyone check the TaxSlayer blog site each morning as they are making changes and right now the only way to know of the changes is to check the blog.
TaxSlayer handles most, but not every, situation required to prepare a correct tax return properly. Prior tips have been incorporated into the NTTC Modified Pub 4012 v4. The tips below are not in the NTTC Modified Pub 4012 v4. As TaxSlayer continues to evolve, some of these tips may change. Changes to this document from the previous version are flagged with a vertical line in the left margin.
Please let the National Tax Training Committee know through a OneSupport Request ticket if you have identified additional tips or have other suggestions.