VTA 2023-03, EITC updates
The purpose of this alert is to provide updated information regarding the Earned Income Tax Credit to volunteers. This information was recently clarified by IRS Counsel and was not included in Publication 4491-X, VITA/TCE Training Supplement. These changes should be made to your training materials, either as pen and ink changes or by printing and inserting the attached pages.
VTA 2023-01, Voter Registration Information
The purpose of this alert is to provide volunteers a handout to print and give taxpayers who:
- mark “yes” on the voter registration question on Form 13614-C, Intake/Interview &
Quality Review Sheet.
- receive Publication 730, Important Tax Records-Envelope, without voter registration
Read the full Alert Here.
VTA 2023-02 Certification Testing Using Practice Lab
Purpose: Volunteers should use caution when completing their certification tests using the Practice Lab.
Read the Alert: VTA-2023-02_
TaxSlayer Practice Lab up for TY2022
Practice Lab 2022 is now available for use. Please keep in mind that the Practice Lab will be updated twice a week as we receive finalized forms and instructions from the IRS.
You now have access to PL 2022 and PL 2021.
When you log in to your Production Sites, you will see the following TaxSlayer 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017. You do not have the ability to create new returns in 2022, but you can still prepare returns in all of the available prior years. You will be able to electronically file 2021, 2020 and 2019 until the IRS shuts down their MeF system in preparation for the upcoming season in late November.
New for 2022 Configuration: You can now designate a tax year for your custom questions. All existing questions default to all years. If you do not need them for 2022, you can simply edit them and change them to Tax Year 2021. If you only want new questions to be displayed in 2022, you can designated them as Tax Year 2022 when you are setting them up.
States will not be available in the Practice Lab until closer to the filing season in either late December or early January. You can use PL 2021 to have your volunteers train or practice with state returns.