Thursday, January 28, 2010

No form 8158 on Forms Tree - Was:Who is not green?

Part of going green is to use electronic documents rather than paper documents when possible.  While there are all the requirements of interview sheets and Quality Review Checklists that are printed up and checked off, at our site we choose to fill in the electronic version of those forms and keep them with the return.

In the last 2 years, we routinely filled in Form 8158 after selecting it from the form tree in taxwise, and used it as a checklist that was carried with the return for future reference.  Imagine my consternation when I found that this year that was not the case.  A call to our friendly TaxWise Customer Support and a one hour wait on the phone established that indeed the form was not on the form tree.  The suggested solution was to go to the IRS website and download the form and print it out to be used.

When a form is already in the form tree, I would expect it is easier to just leave it there, rather than make a conscious effort to take it out.  If this was a conscious effort, it does appear that someone has too much time on their hands and needs to be doing something to appear busy.

In these days of ecology consciousness and going green it is a sad state of affairs that we are now going back to yet more paper printed and shredded.

Whatever will be next?

1 comment:

  1. Update:

    Official communication from Area Office is that in fact the Form 8148 is not on the form trees but included in the Resource folder on the CD, and that TaxWise is not able to add it back.

    Am I the only one who will miss this form, or do others feel the same way as I do?