e-Newsletter, June 16, 2003

Roundtable Software E-Mail Newsletter Issue #17, June 16, 2003

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Updated Tax Tables

If you use the RTS-Advantage Payroll module, click here to download updated Federal Withholding tables.

These tax files also contain updated tables for Connecticut and New Mexico. If you are unsure how to install these tables, refer to the Tax Table Transfer Instructions.

The Federal changes are a result of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 and are effective immediately. The revised Publication 15-T (a supplement to the Circular E) is scheduled to be mailed to employers by June 18, 2003. You may view a copy of the IRS publication concerning this at:


Running DOS Batch Files From Icons On XP

If you want to set up an icon that you can click on and have it run a batch file, you first need to copy the Command Prompt to your Desktop. To do this, click on the Start menu, select the All Programs option, then under the Accessories list, you'll find the Command Prompt. Right-click on it and tell it to Send It To the Desktop. This will create a new shortcut on your desktop. This is an XP-style shortcut as opposed to the older PIF-based icons.

Right-click on the newly created icon, and select the Properties option. In the Target field, enter the name of the batch file, including the BAT extension. In the Start In field, enter the drive and directory where the batch file is located. Click Apply, and you’ll see the drive and directory you entered at Start In added to the front of the Target.

Typically, the Start In location is where the RTS-Advantage programs are located. We recommend that you do this if it all possible. If it is not, your batch file will need to switch to that location before running the ADV.EXE file.

For example, this batch file is located in the ADV\PROGS directory, so when it runs, it doesn’t need to change locations before executing:


But this batch file is located in the root of the local machine, so it must first switch locations:


Older, PIF-based icons will still work under XP--simply put the batch file in the Cmd line field, including the drive and directory location. The Working directory should be the location of the batch file. The same advice applies as for XP icons: if the batch file is not in the same location as the RTS–Advantage programs, the first thing the batch file does must be to change to the PROGS location.

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