Discussion:Lacerte W-2 data entry via SCANNER

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John of PA (talk|edits) said:

18 January 2007
IF anyone is up and running yet with the new Lacerte feature of scanning W-2's (& 1099R) right into the tax software data entry screen; I'm curious how it's going.

Keyman (talk|edits) said:

19 January 2007
We picked it up and installed it. I haven't played with it extensively, but I'll tell you that the single W-2 that I scanned in (which will be done with or without the use of the software) worked perfectly. I liked the fact that it enables you to preview how the data will be imported into the program before it actually does, so you can make changes if necessary. The question that still remains, though, is -- Does this save time? Would it be just as simple to input the information yourself?

John of PA (talk|edits) said:

19 January 2007
Like anything else, I'am expecting that the first 5 or 10 we do, will not save any time, but after that it will be a God-sent. Thanks for the input.

Skylax (talk|edits) said:

30 January 2007
I have been using SDAE for 3 weeks now.I am very disappointed. The idea is very cool, but in my opinion this is "beta" software which I (and others) am testing for Lacerte AND paying $650($450 for non- network version) for the privilege of doing so, is not ready for this world.

I use a 5120c Fujitsu scanner (sold to me by Lacerte.) I have a more than adequate amount of RAM and Hard Drive. I am fairly "geeky" when it comes to technology.

But this product is not ready for me.

It takes a LOT of time for the OCR (Optical Character Recognition)software to read the info on the W2s.It is slooooooow. I can enter the info by hand faster. The OCR is reading around 75% accuracy. (not good enough in my book) It is not as user friendly as it should be. (Do I save the erroneous OCR or the corrected input?..........Can you show me how!)

I REALLY want this product to work! Lacerte(Intuit) is a very forward thinking, innovative company with (obviously) smart geeky humans working on how to make our tax prep lives easier. I really appreciate that. But SDAE is not quite ready and I am asking for my $ back. $650 to me is food for my family for a month. I am a sole proprietor who feels that Lacerte tax software is a luxury item that I pay because I feel that it does a good (OK, great)job for me.

But I got sucked into the sales pitch. It takes me longer to do a tax return with it.

Maybe next year?

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