e-Newsletter, December 19, 2005

Roundtable Software Newsletter #39, December 19, 2005

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Magnetic Media Reporting for Tax Year 2005 Released

If you have to submit 250 or more W2 or 1099 forms, you are required to submit the information to the government via magnetic media or electronic file transfer. Roundtable Software's Magnetic Media Reporting package generates the necessary files for you to submit to the government. Each year Roundtable Software conducts a thorough review of the specifications for file submission and produces a new version of Magnetic Media in compliance with the current rules. Magnetic Media for Tax Year 2005 is now available, and retails for $395 which includes the software and an updated manual. The Unix version retails for $995. The 2005 edition of Magnetic Media is compatible only with version 4 of the RTS-Advantage system - it will not work with earlier versions.

Updated Tax Tables For 2006
The following states have published their tax tables for 2006:
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
In addition to these states, the 2006 Federal Withholding tables have also been updated.
Click here to download the tax table patch. That section of the website has links to instructions on how to use these tables.

Check back as the year winds down; as new tax tables are released by the states, they will be made available through this link.

Also, a reminder that there is no 2005 year-end update needed for printing W2s and 1099s in Payroll, General Ledger, Accounts Receivable or Accounts Payable. There have been no changes to the paper forms this year. You can purchase RTS-Advantage compatible forms from our partner, Forms-r-Us.

Using the Serial COM Ports Under XP
It has been brought to our attention that serial COM ports are no longer addressable by certain DOS programs (including ours) because of a bug in Windows XP Service Pack 2. There is a workaround though if you have a serial device that you wish to access from RTS-Advantage -- you can redirect LPT output to a COM port by issuing the command:


For instance, to redirect LPT3 output to COM1, issue the command:


After issuing this command, you can send output to your serial device on COM1 by sending it to LPT3 in RTS-Advantage.

We can find no indication that Microsoft is planning on solving this problem, and the only way we've found to get around the problem programmatically is not feasible for technical reasons. If any dealers or end-users have found alternate solutions to this problem please let us know and we will pass them on.

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