NTA Tool Will Not Be Available in 2013
The National Technical Assistance (NTA) Tool, used for creating standardized reports for TaxWise data, will not be available for the 2013 tax season, as the tool’s funding has come to a close. The NTA Tool has allowed VITA programs to perform functions such as tax return data consolidation, and ad hoc queries that enabled users to summarize tax data by selected areas, such as grouping taxpayers by zip code.
In addition, the loss of funding means that the NTA Data and NTA Label reports may not be available this year. CCH will not be providing NTA Data/Label reports for TaxWise Desktop and the TaxWise Online reports will not be updated or tested this year.
Without the NTA reports and tool, we understand that programs will lack the ability to summarize raw data to produce useful reports for both internal and external needs. At this time, the NCTC’s Data Collection Working Group has developed a data taskforce to work with CCH and other external members to identify options that ensure NTA reports or an alternative is available for both TaxWise Online and Desktop.
To this end, the Data Collection Working Group is still looking for volunteers to work on the taskforce from mid-January through April. If you are importing the raw data from TaxWise into another database, using Excel to manipulate the data to obtain useful numbers, or have your own methods of querying the data, you are a person we want on this taskforce.
To join the taskforce or if you have questions, contact Rebecca Riha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rebecca Riha, Project Manager