This page contains information regarding the December 2020 release of Classic State Software.
Please see Acquiring the Release for information on downloading the release.
See State Software Installation Procedure for directions on how to install the release.
OECN Package Release
USPS Initialization Program & W2 changes for 2020
See the following for details on how to run the USPS Initialization Program:
After the USPS release is installed, the USPS2012 initialization program must be executed for all districts. This program will initialize the new Covid-2019 fields and remove the EIC fields. In order to make room for the Covid-2019 fields we have removed the EIC fields because they are no longer used. These changes are detailed in the release notes. A USPS2012.COM procedure has also been included to facilitate submitting the initialization program to run in batch.
We have made many changes to W2PROC and W2TAPE to produce output files for any districts who have employees who live in Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. (Pennsylvania was included last year). This year there will be a special output file created just for Ohio. We are asking ITC's to have backup copies of their districts data before they run W2PROC just in case a district needs to re-run W2PROC.
Please be aware that any custom DTR, UDMS or reports that are using the EIC fields may no longer work. We are no longer using EIC fields in USPS.
We have included the 2021 Federal tax tables with this release. The Federal tax tables for 2021 are the same as they were in 2020.
Please note that the new Covid-2019 fields are not supported in the USPS Web Soap Service.
1099 changes for 2020
Please take note of the changes impacting 1099 processing for calendar year 2020. The IRS has introduced the 1099-NEC form which is used to report your Non-Employee Compensation vendors. The 1099-MISC form will report all other 1099 types. The F1099 program has been updated to allow you to process 1099-MISC only, 1099-NEC only or both types of 1099s.
We also made changes to the TR1099 program. The prompt that asks "What type of files are represented by this transmittal (O, C, T, ?) has been modified to remove the "R - Replacement" option. In discussions with the IRS we found that the replacement option is something you choose in the FIRE System when submitting files, it's not a valid file type for the files generated by SSDT. If you have a replacement file to process with the IRS you'll choose the "O - Original" file type and then submit it via the FIRE System as a replacement file. Just a reminder, in the TR1099 program, if you select "Y" to the Approved for CF/SF program prompt, the IRS shares 1099-MISC data only with the state. The 1099-NEC data is not included.