Accounting CS Release User Bulletin v.2020.4.1 - January 7, 2021

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Accounting

  • We have updated the Export Client Data Wizard for tax exports to Lacerte, ProSystem fx, and ProSeries for the 2020 tax year.

Accounts Payable

  • We have addressed an issue that, in certain circumstances, prevented the selection of a bank account in the Bank Account field in the Rapid tab of the Actions > Manage Payments screen.

Accounting CS Client Access

Accounts Payable

  • We have addressed an issue that, in certain circumstances, prevented the selection of a bank account in the Bank Account field in the Rapid tab of the Actions > Manage Payments screen.

Layout Designer

  • We have updated the following Form W-2 layout due to unnecessary variables being mistakenly placed in boxes 9, 12b, and 13.
    • W3fac
  • We have updated the following Form 1095-C layout due to a printing issue.
    • 1095-C(pg2)

Note: If your firm has modified the predefined version of a layout, Accounting CS will not overwrite your existing layout with an updated version. If this is the case, you will need to make the necessary changes to your customized layout manually, or you will need to restore the latest predefined version using the Layout Designer. To do the latter, select the layout from the Layouts list pane in the Layout Designer and then choose File > Restore Default.

COVID-19 changes

  • We have made the following changes to the application as a result of the extension and expansion of several COVID-19 payroll provisions that were included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which was signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020.
    • We have updated the Average Payroll Cost Worksheet that is available in the Accounting CS Library to accommodate the recent changes made to the Payroll Protection Program. Details
      We have added the Use 3.5 x Multiplier checkbox in the Sections to Include section of the report options for the Average Payroll Cost Worksheet. Marking the checkbox will calculate the loan amount at 3.5 times the average monthly payroll costs whereas leaving it unmarked will calculate the loan amount at 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs.
    • We have made the following enhancements to the deferral of employee Social Security tax withholding functionality in the application. For more information, see COVID-19: Deferral of employee Social Security tax withholding.
      • We have updated the end date to be 12/31/2021 in the Special Timing tab of the Setup > Payroll Items screen for all deduction items that are set to the Deferred FICA-SS repayment special type.
      • We have updated the due date to be 12/31/2021 for all open FICA-SS liabilities that were generated from 2020 payroll checks and flagged by the application as Deferred per Memorandum in the Actions > Manage Payroll Liabilities screen.
    • We have made the following enhancements to the COVID-19 paid sick leave functionality in the application. For more information, see Setting up and using COVID-19 paid sick leave.
      • We have updated the application to extend the calculation of COVID-19 paid sick leave in 2021 to payroll checks where the period begin and period end dates are on or before March 31, 2021.

Accounting CS Payroll, for live payroll processing

In addition to any changes made for general payroll features listed above for after-the-fact payroll processing, the following changes have been made for the live payroll processing features specific to Accounting CS Payroll.

Payroll compliance

  • We have added the state-specific 1095-C forms to the Form Information tab of the Payroll Form and Filing Information portlet.
  • We have combined the W-2 Copy 1 and transmittal forms into a single available selection in the Form filter options in the Actions > Process Payroll Tax Forms screen for the following jurisdictions and forms.
    • Hawaii - Copy 1/HW-30
    • Idaho - Copy 1/967
    • Maryland - Copy 1/MW-508
    • Missouri - Copy 1/MO-W3
    • North Dakota - Copy 1/307
    • South Carolina - Copy 1/WH-1612
    • West Virginia - Copy 1/WV/IT-103
  • We have removed the Client PIN and Confirm client PIN fields from the Federal 94X Additional Information dialog (accessed from the Payroll Taxes tab of the Setup > Clients screen). For more information, see Ending 94x client PIN enrollment and filing.
  • We have addressed an issue that, in certain circumstances, prevented Alabama and Ohio payroll tax forms from being able to be processed in the Actions > Process Payroll Tax Forms screen or the Actions > Edit Payroll Tax Forms screen.
  • New Jersey. The State of New Jersey - Department of Taxation now requires all employers to file Form NJ-W-3 electronically and will no longer accept paper copies of the form. Therefore, we have removed the Paper filing method for the form and added the Web fill-in method. You can file the form using the Internet filing method.

Updates for payroll tax forms, tax agents, and new hire files

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  • Payroll tax forms added

    We have added the following forms, internet files, and electronic files.

    Local

    • Kentucky
      • Louisville Metro Revenue Commission – Form W-3 internet file
  • Payroll tax forms updated

    We have updated the following forms, internet files, and electronic files to the latest versions available from the agencies. Those forms marked with an asterisk (*) were released via an alert between application updates, not as part of the current release.

    Federal

    • Forms 1094-C and 1095-C internet files
    • Form W-3 facsimile copy for 2020

    State

    • Colorado – Form UITR-1a internet file
    • Mississippi – Form 1099-NEC internet file
    • New Jersey – Form NJ-W-3. We have removed the Paper filing method for the form and added the Web fill-in method.
    • Rhode Island – Form RI-941
    • Washington – Forms 5208A and 5208B. We have added the Web fill-in method to the forms.

    Local

    • Missouri
      • Gregory F.X. Daly, Collector of Revenue – St. Louis Form W-3
    • Ohio
      • Central Collection Agency – Form W-2 Copy 1 internet file
      • City of Cincinnati Income Tax Division – Form W-2 Copy 1 internet file
      • Columbus City Treasurer – Form W-2 Copy 1 magnetic file
      • Regional Income Tax Agency – Form W-2 Copy 1 internet file
  • Tax agents updated

    We have updated the following tax agents.

    Federal

    • We have updated the form filing addresses for the following tax agents.
      • 940 Internal Revenue Service
      • 941 Internal Revenue Service
      • 943 Internal Revenue Service
      • 945 Internal Revenue Service

    Local

    • Ohio.
      • We have removed the following taxes from the Central Collection Agency (CCA) tax agent.
        • Bratenahl City Tax
        • North Perry City Tax
      • We have added the following taxes to the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) tax agent.
        • Bratenahl City Tax
        • North Perry City Tax
        • Woodlawn City Tax
      • We have removed the following tax from the Village of Woodlawn tax agent.
        • Woodlawn City Tax
  • Forms pending approval

    The following forms are pending approval. Once the forms have been approved, we will make them available in a subsequent software update.

    Forms that are approved after the current update (and before the next update) will be made available immediately. We will inform you of the approval in the following ways.

    Annual forms

    • Colorado – Form Form DR 1093
    • Hawaii – Form HW-30
    • Indiana – Form WH-3
    • Kentucky – Form K-5
    • Kentucky local
      • Fayette County Public Schools  Form 222-S
    • Montana – Form MW-3 and MW-3 Continuation
    • Ohio local
      • Central Collection Agency  Form CCA-W3
      • City of Cincinnati Income Tax Division  Form W-3
      • Columbus City Treasurer  Forms IT-13 and IT-13J
    • Oregon – Forms STT-A and STT-2 Annual
    • Pennsylvania local
      • City of Philadelphia – Form PHILADELPH_Annual
  • Forms not yet released

    The following forms have not yet been released. Once the forms have been released and approved, we will make them available in a subsequent software update.

    Annual forms

    • Kentucky local
      • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government – Form 222

Accounting CS includes two interactive tools that provide valuable payroll tax information.

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