Late-breaking legal changes and fixes that affect CalSupport Software for Windows
THE LATEST VERSION is 2020-1.1 Download Now
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CalSupport 2020 has new 2020 tax tables for calculating support in 2020.
Earlier versions are now obsolete! Results calculated by older programs will not be current and accurate in 2020 and reports generated by earlier versions will not be accepted in court.
Latest Certification Letter. CalSupport is currently certified by the Judicial Council through March 31, 2019. This letter can be attached to Bench Reports when filed in court, and it states that per Rule of Court 5.275(j), CalSupport calculations must be accepted in all California courts. To download the letter, Click here.
A new Certification Letter can be expected shortly before the current one expires. Please return here for the new Certification shortly before the old one expires.
WHAT’s NEW in version 2020-1.1
Updated the 2020 California SDI maximum taxable amount to $122,909
Updated the 2020 Social Security maximum taxable earnings to $137,700
Updated the 2020 Qualified Business Income Deduction cap to $163,300 ($326,600 if marred filing jointly)
Added the California Youth Child Tax Credit to the California tax calculation
Corrected the Federal Alternative Minimum Tax calculation to consider the Qualified Business Income Deduction
WHAT’s NEW in version 2020-1.0
Updated the tax tables for Tax Year 2019 and 2020. The estimated tax tables for 2020 are based on the figures published by the IRS and California for 2020. 2019 values are used where 2020 values are not available.
Updated the W-4 Report to the new form/calculations.
Changed the Low Income Adjustment amount to reflect the March 1st, 2020 value. CalSuppport automatically switches the amount on that date.
WHAT’s NEW in version 2019-1.5
Modified the “Allocation” calculation to report negative numbers. In rare cases, when income and timeshare are close to identical between two parents, support payments will be low enough that the change in the tax situation from a child maturing (i.e. turning 18) actually causes the support to increase. In other words, the support amount that includes the maturing child is actually lower than the support amount for the remaining children alone. This results in a negative amount being allocated to that child. CalSupport had been reporting such allocations as a positive number. This has been corrected; CalSupport now reports the negative amount. The allocations appear on the following printouts: Page 3 of the Support Summary, the Bench Report – Input Information, the Bench Report – Support Order and the Bench Report – Findings and Order.
WHAT’s NEW in version 2019-1.4
Removed the “(deductible)” and ”(non-deductible)” text from the first block on the first page of the Support Summary. Since spousal support for a divorce filed after December 31, 2018 is not deductible on the Federal return but is still deductible on the California return, the text was often incorrect and confusing.
When Line 2c. “No Spousal Support” is selected on Screen 9 (calculation options), the Support Summary printout now reads, “Parties have agreed to forego spousal support”, instead of the spousal support formula’s county of filing.
Fixed an update issue with the calculation options screen. The errant behavior was that a switching from Screen 9 to an output report failed to update the calculation before displaying the report. Version 1.4 fixes this behavior.
WHAT’s NEW in version 2019-1.3
Added the Other Dependent Credits to the Child Tax Credit calculations. “Other Qualifying Dependents” are entered on the Child Tax Credit popup on Screen 7.
Corrected the calculation of the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit.
Added the Qualified Business Income Deduction popup, calculation and help entry. The calculation is for the simplified worksheet found in the instructions for Federal Form 1040. The popup indicates circumstances when the simplified form is not sufficient. CalSupport warns the user if the AGI changes to a value above the threshold that requires the full form found in IRS Publication 535. To use this feature go to Entry > 13 Tax Entries > H Qualified Business Income Ded.
Fixed the California Renter’s Credit to be $120 for MFJ, Qualified Widower or Head of Household.
Corrected the upper income limit calculation.
WHAT’s NEW in version 2019-1.2
CalSupport Version 2019-1.2 fixed a bug that only applied to cases that involved self-employment income.
WHAT’s NEW in version 2019-1.1
CalSupport Version 2019-1.1 has been updated with the 2019 Low Income Adjustment figure, effective March 1st, 2019. The program will automatically switch to this amount on March 1st, 2019.
WHAT’s NEW in version 2019-1.0
CalSupport Version 2019-1.0 has been updated with the 2019 tax tables.
It also includes some new input options in the Tax Deductions screen at Line 4, where you can choose to enter spousal support as deductible if applicable. Be sure to read the Tip at the bottom of the screen when on Line 4, to make sure you are making the correct selection.
LAST YEAR’S NEWS
WHAT’s NEW in version 2018-1.4
Fixed the Federal tax rates for the Head of Household filing status.
Fixed the uninitialized California subtraction from earned income, which appears on the California Earned Income Tax Credit popup Line 2, which is accessed through the Screen 7 Line 8 “Change” button.
WHAT’s NEW in version 2018-1.3
Changed the default tax year to 2018 and updated the tax calculations to reflect the new tax law. These changes include:
Updated the tax tables.
Changed the Child Tax Credit (CTC) amount to $2,000 per child. Made the CTC refundable, at 15% of earnings minus $4,500, up to $1,400. Changed the CTC phase-out amount to $400,000 for Married Filing Jointly and $200,000 for all others. Moved Line 52 to the refundable tax credits section on the pseudo-1040 printout.
Removed the personal exemption amount. Removed lines 6d and 42 from the pseudo-1040 printout. Removed references to exemption from the other printouts.
Removed the Additional Child Support Credit. Removed line 67 from the pseudo-1040 printout.
Modified Schedule A to limit Line 9, the State and Local Tax, to $10,000.
Modified the Alternative Minimum Tax to the new exemption levels ($70,300 for single or Head of Household, $109,400 for Married Filing Jointly and $54,700 for Married Filing Separate). Modified the exemption phase out base to $1,000,000 for Married Filing Jointly and $500,000 for all others. Updated the 26% / 28% threshold to $95,750 for Married Filing Separate and $191,500 for all others.
Modified numerous screens and printouts to reflect the new changes.
Adjusted the IRS Earned Income Credit for tax year 2018
WHAT’s NEW in version 2018-1.2
Users who tried to register after February 28, 2018 using the online registration option were not able to complete their registration. This has been fixed, and the online registration system is working correctly now.
WHAT’s NEW in version 2018-1.1
Fixed the Preview button in the Additional Income popup screen.
WHAT’s NEW in version 2018-1.0
Updated the tax calculator – to use tax year 2017 values. The law specifies that the last complete tax year, which is now 2017, should be used when calculating child support.The estimated tax tables for 2018 are based on the tax tables for 2017, with the exception of the Federal FICA and the California SDI limits and rates.
Fixed the tips text on the Calculation Options screen so that it matches the active line.
Updated the Low Income Adjustment (LIA) threshold amount. The new LIA amount is $1,692.00.