Accounting CS Release User Bulletin v.2021.3.1 - October 1, 2021

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ATTENTION: On September 27, 2021, firms using Virtual Office CS and Software as a Service (SaaS) received this update as v.2021.3.0. On October 1, 2021, we replaced the update with v.2021.3.1 for all firms. The bulletins for both of these updates are identical.

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General

We have upgraded to the following Microsoft components that are used by Accounting CS.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8
  • Microsoft Edge WebView2 Runtime

Note: If your firm is not using Virtual Office CS or Software as a Service (SaaS), each component will be verified or added during the installation process, and a reboot may be required.

COVID-19 changes

  • We have added a warning message to the Fourth quarter checkbox in the Employee Retention Credit section in the COVID-19 Acts tab of the Setup > Clients screen. Show me. For more information, see COVID-19 – Employee Retention Credit.

    We are closely monitoring tax law changes as they are announced, and we will continue to alert you to upcoming changes as we work to meet the requirements of any pending legislation, including the $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan.

    On August 10, 2021, the U.S. Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. As part of the bill, the termination date for the Employee Retention Credit was accelerated to September 30, 2021. However, as of the date of this release (v.2021.3.0), the U.S. House of Representatives has not taken up the Senate-approved legislation for final passage.

  • We have updated Form 941-X to the latest version released by the IRS.
  • To find out how we're responding to the impact of COVID-19 on your firm's payroll process and general operations, and to access additional resources and news, see Accounting CS Coronavirus response - updates and resources.

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.

  • We have updated the Manage Impound Payments report (accessed via the Actions > Manage Impound Payments screen) to include an Unprocessed Payments section. Clients whose payments could not be processed due to missing information (such as a missing Withholding ID) will be displayed in this section of the report.
  • For every release, be sure to check the Updates for payroll tax rates, limits, and minimum wage rates (year to date) article to stay on top of changes that may affect your firm and clients.

Payroll compliance

  • We have made the following enhancements to the Actions > Process Payroll Tax Forms screen and the Actions > Edit Payroll Tax Forms screen.
  • We have added the Help column to the grid in the Manage Electronic Forms dialog (accessed via the Actions > Process Electronic Forms screen). The Help button will display for any Federal Form 94x row with a Rejected status, which will open the E-file error rejection codes for 94x forms article in the Help & How-To Center.
  • Arizona. We have added the ability to file Form W-2 Copy 1 electronically via FSET. The Internet filing method is no longer available for the form. For more information, see Arizona payroll tax form information.
  • Kentucky. We have added the ability to file Form K-3 electronically via FSET. The form now defaults to the Electronic filing method for all new and existing clients that have a Monthly or Semimonthly deposit schedule. For more information, see Kentucky payroll tax form information.
  • North Carolina. We have added the ability to file Forms NC-3 and W-2 Copy 1 electronically via FSET. The Internet filing method is no longer available for these forms for tax processing year 2020 and later. For more information, see North Carolina payroll tax form information.

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.

    State

    • Arizona – Form W-2 Copy 1 electronic file (replaced internet file)
    • Kentucky – Form K-3 electronic file
    • North Carolina – Forms NC-3 and W-2 Copy 1 electronic files (replaced internet files)
  • 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

    • We have updated the following 1099 forms for 2021.
      1096 1098 1098-C
      1098-E 1098-T 1099-A
      1099-B 1099-C 1099-DIV
      1099-G 1099-INT 1099-MISC
      1099-NEC 1099-OID 1099-PATR
      1099-R 1099-S 1099-SA
      5498 5498-SA W-2G
    • We have updated Form 941-X for all tax processing periods, including 6/30/2021 and later.

    State

    • Connecticut – We have updated Form W-2 Box 14 to display CTPL with the Connecticut FLI tax withheld amount.
    • Delaware
      • Form W1A 9301 is now obsolete and has been removed from the application.
      • We have removed Form WTH-TAX from being displayed on clients that have a Monthly deposit schedule.
    • Illinois – Form UI-3/40 electronic file
    • Kentucky
      • Form K-3. The Paper filing method is now only available for annual and quarterly depositors. Electronic is an available filing method for all deposit schedules.
      • Form K-3E is now obsolete for monthly and semimonthly depositors.
    • Nevada – Form TXR-020
    • New Mexico – Form TRD-41414 internet file
    • South Carolina – Forms WH-1605 and WH-1606 internet files

    Local

    • Alabama
      • City of Leeds – Form Leeds_M
    • Colorado
      • City of Aurora – Form COA STM 0101. We have removed the Paper filing method for the form and added the Web fill-in method.
    • Kentucky
      • Bath County Fiscal Court – Form 01
      • City of Elizabethtown – Forms 5 and Quarterly
      • City of Raceland-Occupational License Fee Division – Form Annual
      • City of Stanton – Form Quarterly
      • Hart County Occupational License Fee – Form Quarterly
      • Kenton County Fiscal Court – Form QCC1
      • License Fee Division, City of Glasgow – Form Quarterly
      • Marshall County Finance Office – Form MOLT-1A
      • Nelson County Occupational License – Form NC-A
      • Treasurer, City of Catlettsburg – Forms 221 and Annual
    • Ohio
      • Central Collection Agency – Form CCA-102
  • Tax agents updated

    We have updated the following tax agents.

    Local

    • Alabama.
      • We have updated the default payment address and form filing address for the City of Leeds tax agent.
    • Kentucky.
      • We have renamed the Treasurer, Hart County tax agent to Hart County Occupational License Fee.
      • We have updated the form filing address for the following tax agents.
        • Bath County Fiscal Court
        • License Fee Division, City of Glasgow
        • Treasurer, City of Catlettsburg
    • Ohio.
      • We have added the following taxes to the Central Collection Agency (CCA) tax agent.
        • Dalton City Tax
      • We have added the following taxes to the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) tax agent.
        • Bryan City Tax
      • We have removed the following taxes from the Bryan City Income Tax tax agent.
        • Bryan City Tax
      • We have removed the following taxes from the Village of Dalton tax agent.
        • Dalton City Tax
    • Pennsylvania.
      • We have updated the municipality and school district liabilities for the following tax agents.
        • Centre Tax Agency – LST
          • Centre Hall, Borough of LST Penns Valley Area S D (147003) - 42-027-1215055-LST-147003 (added)
          • Potter, Township of LST Penns Valley Area S D (147003) - 42-027-1216135-LST-147003 (added)
        • York Adams Tax Bureau – EIT
          • Washington, Township of - EIT- Northern York Co S D (674603) - 42-133-1217310-EIT-674603 (added)

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

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