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How to print 2017 tax forms using the 2016 version of Account Ability.
How to enter 2017 returns using the 2016 version of Account Ability.
How to print 2017 tax forms using the 2016 version of Account Ability.
If you need to print 2017 forms prior to the 2017 release of Account Ability (generally November of each year), IDMS provides free 2017 overlays to all licensed users of Account Ability. These overlays, which only work with the 2016 version of Account Ability (Version 25), support forms

1098-C, 1099-S, 1099-MISC, W-2G, 3922

You will find these overlays on our website in folder

In this folder, look for the following archives:

To install the 2017 overlays,

a) Make sure Account Ability is not active on any user's workstation.
b) Save each of the archives shown above to the \FORMS\2016\ folder located within Account Ability's installation folder.
c) Right-click and select 'Extract All' to the \FORMS\2016\ folder. Overwrite all files when prompted.

Start Account Ability and try printing some 2017 returns to ensure proper installation.


1) These overlays require the Windows GDI Printer Configuration (see the Preferences menu).
2) If you need to reprint 2016 returns, perform steps (a) through (c) above for the archive
How to enter 2017 returns using the 2016 version of Account Ability.
a) Start the 2016 version of Account Ability.
b) Open the 'Client (Filer) Management' module.
c) Click once on the client to be used.
d) Select 'Copy...' from the Client Task Bar.
e) Answer 'NO' to the Correction Client prompt.
f) Enter a 'Client ID' to be used for reporting year 2017.
g) Leave the 'Reporting Year' as 2016.
h) Click OK.

You can now begin entering your 2017 returns for the client you just created. When you receive the 2017 version, simply roll-forward these returns without initializing for a new calendar year. You will then be able to print and efile your returns pursuant to the latest IRS and SSA specifications.

NOTE: All licensed users of Account Ability will be notified of the 2017 release during the month of September, 2017, via first class mail. This notification will contain a summary of changes, enhancements, and a 2017 order form.
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