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04/09/2019 - Version 1.11 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • Form 1040 - A calculation issue was corrected on Form 8582, Part II, line 7 - the modified adjusted gross income was previously not including other income amount from Form 1040, Schedule 1, line 21.
  • Form 1120S - Federal Form 8903 is now available for e-file and paper filing.

04/01/2019 - Version 1.10 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • Users will now see a pop-up alert when there are new posts in the Notification Center. The alert will not disrupt what you are currently working on. If no action is taken the alert will disappear after 10 seconds; you can also close the alert by clicking X in the upper right-hand corner of the pop-up. Pop-up alerts can be disabled by selecting Preparer --> Preferences --> Miscellaneous tab --> Uncheck "Show notification alert pop-up" box --> Click "Save and Exit".
  • Married separate calculation report has been updated.
  • Minor fixes and enhancements.

03/26/2019 - Version 1.09 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • K-1 import now available.
  • Minor fixes.

02/28/2019 - Version 1.08 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • QBID complex calculations are now available.
  • Local storage users only – Federal e-file status column in Client Manager will now refresh more often.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.

02/12/2019 - Version 1.07 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • Various Help Center links (Help-->Support Options), including Spanish Tax Glossary, now work.
  • Notification Center posts can now be filtered and sorted based on date posted and assigned categories.

02/05/2019 - Version 1.06 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • Printing and e-filing is now available for the following:
    • Form 3468 - Investment Credit
    • Form 4136 - Credit for Tax Paid on Fuels
    • Form 8835 - Renewable Electricity, Refined Coal, and Indian Coal Production Credit
    • Form 8844 - Empowerment Zone Employment Credit
    • Form 8845 - Indian Employment Credit
    • Form 8910 - Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit
    • Form 8911 - Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit
    • Form 8936 - Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit

01/31/2019 - Version 1.05 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • Updated versions of Form 1040 and Form 1041, pursuant to changes included in the Final Regulations released by the IRS
  • If you purchased, TaxAct 2018 Professional 1041 or 990 Federal Editions, e-file is available following this update
  • Fixed Appointment Manager preferences not being saved
  • Fixed Refund Snapshot Summary view display

01/26/2019 - Version 1.04 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • Minor bug fixes.

01/24/2019 – Version 1.03 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • Fixed a script error when navigating to a saved bookmark
  • Fixed a crash happening when clicking the e-file submit button
    • Some users were seeing program crash upon hitting the e-file Submit button in version 1.02 (when the were previously able to submit prior to version 1.02)
  • Other minor performance improvements and bug fixes

01/15/2019 – Version 1.02 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • Minor bug fixes.

For more information on additional changes made available on 1/15, view the Notifications tab in your TaxAct Professional 2018 Edition for the notification titled TaxAct 2018 Professional Editions Version 1.01 Update.


01/15/2019 – Version 1.01 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • E-filing for the following:
    • 1065 Federal
    • 1120 Federal
    • 1120S Federal
  • Printing for the following main forms:
    • 1120 Federal
    • Not all federal forms are finalized and/or approved, so not all returns can be printed or filed at this time.
  • Minor bug fixes

With Version 1.01, you will be required to have the latest update installed for all federal and state returns prior to e-filing. For more information on this change, view the Notifications tab in your TaxAct Professional 2018 Edition for the notification titled New Requirement: Must Have Latest Version to e-file Returns.


01/04/2019 – Version 1.0 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • E-filing for the following:
    • 1040 Federal
    • Note The IRS has not yet announced when they will open for tax year 2018. Any returns submitted will be held until the IRS starts processing.
  • Printing for the following main forms:
    • 1040 Federal
    • 1065 Federal
    • 1120S Federal
    • 1041 Federal
    • 990 Federal
    • Note: Not all federal forms are finalized and/or approved. Not all returns can be printed or filed at this time.
  • Notification Center Banner:
    • When there are new notifications detected, a red banner will appear across the top of your screen to indicate new unread notifications.
    • Click the banner to go to the Notifications tab to view. There is an option to hide the banner until the next time notifications are detected.

This update also enables the following features and functionality that weren't available in a prior 2018 version:

  • Reports:
    • Tax Calculator
    • TaxWatch 2018
    • Prior Year Comparison
    • Joint Vs. Separate
  • Tools:
    • Stock Assistant
    • CSV Stock Import
  • Ancillary Products:
    • Republic Bank
    • River City Bank
    • Protection Plus

Additional updates to enable e-filing and print for additional Federal Editions and forms will be available soon. Watch here for notifications when updates are available.

State Editions will start releasing in the next week. To see the current anticipated release dates for each State Edition (by form), visit the State Release Dates page.

The software can check for updates when you sign in if the "If already connected to the internet, automatically check for updates on program startup" checkbox is selected in the Tools --> Options menu. In addition, you can check for updates at any time by clicking the Online --> Check for Updates menu


12/17/2018 – Version .95 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • Qualified Business Income Deduction
    • Simplified worksheet for individual filers, should cover 90% of situations per IRS.
  • Notification Center
    • The new "Notifications" tab is now available, with a default notification to explain what's to come with this new feature. We will start pushing important notifications to tax professionals in January.

12/03/2018 – Version .94 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • General performance improvements
  • IRS Form 461, Limitation on Business Losses added

Coming Soon! Watch for an update later this month that includes the Simplified Qualified Business Income Deduction Worksheet. 


11/20/2018 – Version .93 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • Side by side comparison menu item added
    • User can pop out read only return into its own window
  • Locked return improvements
    • Locked returns can't be deleted without unlocking the return
    • Locking and unlocking returns now logged to activity logs
  • Additions to activity logs
    • Return creation
    • Edit client notes
    • Restore Deleted file (online storage)
    • Printing consent forms
    • Checked In Client Return (local storage)
    • Checked Out Client Return (local storage)
    • Backup Client Return Online (local storage)
    • Backup Client Return Local (local storage)
    • Restore Client Return Online (local storage)
    • Restore Client Return Local (local storage)

11/08/2018 – Version .92 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

We have a couple of minor software enhancements for this update, but no tax form/calculation updates are included (look for those in a future update).

  • Fix updates message window to show version number.
    • Previously, the version number was missing when showing updates were available. Update Version number is now visible.
  • Software sign in update.
    • Minor back-end enhancements for smoother sign in to the Professional software.

11/06/2018 – Version .91 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

We have a few minor software messaging enhancements for this update, however no tax form/calculation updates are included (look for those in a future update).

  • Update message when printing a form that’s not available
    • Reasons for not being able to print a form include:
      • The IRS or State has not yet made the form available
      • We have not yet received approval from the IRS or State
      • The form is not included for filing of the return
  • Updated the text for online backup and restore wizard (Local Enterprise Users)
    • We updated the text to reflect we now store this data for 7 years beyond the filing deadline.

10/30/2018 – Version .90 of TaxAct 2018 Professional Federal Editions

The initial release of the 2018 Federal Editions includes the following enhancements:

  • Enhanced Side-by-Side Form View
    • Along with viewing prior year returns, now you can also view current-year 1040, 1065, 1120, 1120S, 1041 or 990 returns by selecting the "Side by side view" icon when in viewing a return
    • Select which year return you wish to compare by selecting the appropriate year button
    • If selecting to compare returns of different federal return types, you will have another folder tree to select which form to compare
  • Client Information Worksheets
    • At the top of the Forms list, new worksheets help you enter general client information quickly and easily. Input your client’s personal, dependent, health insurance, bank account, e-filing information, statements, and the preparer/ERO information in one place
    • The Basic Information Worksheet opens when opening a return in forms view
    • Can select to filter by just Information Worksheets in the drop down
  • State e-file Authorization
    • Easily print the state e-file authorization form along with the client return from the Print Center
  • Local/Generic City Returns added for:
    • PA 1040 local return
    • OH generic city returns
  • E-file added for the following:
    • SC 1065
    • KY 1040 amended
    • MI 1041, OR 1065
    • VA 1041
  • Enhanced Notes Feature
    • You are now able to search and sort your client notes
    • We’ll also create a new note to list your client’s imported 2017 client contact numbers since we moved to listing only 4 number types per client for 2018 (mobile, home, work, and fax)
  • UltraTax PDF Import
    • Now you can import 2017 UltraTax PDF 1040 return data into TaxAct Professional
  • Online Practice and Preparer Master Information Storage
    • Even if you store your client data files locally, your practice and preparer master information will be stored on TaxAct’s secure servers. You no longer need to worry about losing data due to corrupt files or running backups on the following:
      1. Practice information
      2. Preparer information*
      3. Preparer invitations/logins/permissions
      4. Master Forms data
      5. Return/Pay status
      6. Master preferences
      7. Client manager preferences
      8. Preparer miscellaneous preferences
      9. Activity and electronic filing logs
    • Changes now occur in just one place while easily connecting your TaxAct account with your TaxAct Professional software. The Practice Administrator has more control over information that previously couldn’t be changed, such as EFIN verification and preparer permissions. You will also see increased efficiency with practice invitations, security, and name/PTIN/EFIN matching for e-filing returns.
    • Offline mode is still available for local storage Practices; however, a connection will be required to view or update the information stored online.
  • Simultaneous Program Sign-In Not Allowed
    • Security guidelines require every user of TaxAct Professional Editions to have a unique sign–in account
    • If a username and password with an active session is used to sign into a second device, the first session will end and the user becomes active on the second device only
    • To invite additional users to join your practice and create their own account, follow the invitation process
  • Software Updates Required to Print or e-File
    • Due to compliance reasons, users will now be required to have the latest version of the software at the time of printing or e-filing an affected federal or state return

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