What’s New in ProSeries® 2016

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Intuit® ProConnect™ ProSeries® has added new features to the 2016 release. ProSeries has simplified the process of attaching PDFs to a return and selecting federal and states products for e-file. In addition, ProSeries has increased security by masking sensitive information in your client’s tax returns. See below for more information on the new features.

PDF Attachments

There are two new ways to attach a PDF file in business products:

#1: Directly from the field requiring a PDF be attached:

  • Right click on the desired field that contains the PDF attachment alert. In the pop-up menu, select “Attach PDF File to Field …”
  • From file selection screen, select “Add Attachment” and use the browse button to locate the PDF. Assign PDF field in the “Type” field. Select “OK” to attach PDFs to the return.

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#2: Using the File Menu:

  • From the “E-File” menu, select “Attach PDF File to Field…”
  • From file selection screen, select “Add Attachment” and use the browse button to locate the PDF. Assign PDF field in the “Type” field. Select “OK” to attach PDFs to the return.

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EF Selection

The Corporate and Partnership Federal Information Worksheets have been simplified to provide a streamlined process of selecting federal and state products for e-file, including initial returns, first amended returns, extension and estimates. In addition, the new format provides a summary of which returns are supported in our products or by the agency.

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Security Masking

In an effort to protect a client’s sensitive information, a new security feature has been introduced. The new security feature identifies fields that have sensitive information and displays the information with asterisks:

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Additional features added to ProSeries 2016 include:

  • Fiduciary states added: Nebraska and Oregon
  • E-file: 1040NR and Vermont Individual Amend
  • New content: California Corporation Form 199 and Alabama NOL
  • Increased speed for data conversion
  • Trusted customer login at launch: 30-minute timeout, strong passwords and 24-hour re-authorization
  • New training portal
  • New My Account experience
  • New client analyzer queries for 1040
  • New facsmile inputs: 1099K and input guidance for 5498SA
  • Year-over-year opt-in experience for Pay-by-Refund and Audit Assistance

Want to learn more about ProConnect ProSeries? Check out other articles about ProSeries, or take advantage of our season readiness training this fall, including webinars and online training on topics such as what’s new and improved in ProSeries, the upcoming login requirements and how they will impact ProSeries, security and identity theft, and more.

 

Editor’s note: Rene Cortez, CPA, Senior Tax Content Analyst with Intuit, contributed to this article.