Is anyone else having problems with ProSeries poorly designed Organizers? They have not spent any time improving these in over a decade. With Tax Reform, I have a lot of clients who need the longer Organizer for all their income items, but only need the short Organizer page for Itemized deductions. It is a total waste of paper to print the long Itemized Deductions pages for many clients now. In addition, I hate the order that these Organizers print in. I like the "Documents to Send to Preparer" to be the first page on the top, but even after manually changing the print order to put it first, it's still printing at the end.
I finally called Tech Support about this and other issues. They said that changing the print order only changes it on the long organizer. The short organizer prints the same no matter what you do. These Organizers really need an update. The W2 and 1099-R pages could be laid out much better to eliminate some of those questions below that no one ever uses. There should be 1 page that lists the W2's and 1099-R's along with the prior year amounts for comparison even on the long organizer. Especially with Tax Reform there should be an option to print long organizers with a 1 or 2 page condensed itemized deduction page instead of 6. One whole organizer page prints out for 1 Mortgage Form 1098. I could use the short organizer for a lot of clients except they have too many 1099-INT and 1099-DIV statements and the short organizer does not have the nice columns to break down Ordinary, Qualified, CGD, etc. The long organizer is overly long and the short is too short for many clients.
I agree with your comments. Not having the functionality of changing the print order on Short Organizers is lame. In light of the simplification brought about by the Jobs Act, it seems like a makeover of the Organizer is in order. But for the health insurance page, it hasn't changed much in 15 years or more.
The "Tax Documents to Send to Preparer" is the most useful document in the Organizer module; a short sweet checklist. Why hide it at the bottom?
Yes, the organizers are terrible. They should be vastly improved. I am currently having a problem printing the long organizer.
Allowing us to send them to client via email would be great.
Allowing them to be fillable and then return by email would be great.
Updating to current tax law would be great.