Stress Test Phase II Reminder: Monday, January 9th 1:00 PM EST

What?  We want to invite you to participate in phase II of our volunteer driven stress test on the TaxSlayer Online Software. The goal of the stress test will be to stretch the boundaries of the software system.  This will give us the opportunity to make any necessary optimizations prior to the peak of the filing season.

When?  

  • Follow up Testing Window:  January 9, 2017;  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern

Action Required:  In order for this testing to be successful, we need an overwhelming number of participants to prepare returns using the Practice Lab 2016 software.  We want to thank the 8,300 volunteers that participated in the Phase I stress test.  We want to invite you back and to also invite all others that were not able to participate on the 3rd to participate on the 9th.   We ask that volunteers take the following actions during the testing window.

(1)    Create 3 new returns with just the basic info and a W-2.  Save and close each return after this information is added.

(2)    Open each of the three existing returns, add an additional income item such as a 1099-R or Interest income, save and close each return.

(3)    Open each of the three existing returns and Print (create the PDF) each return, close each return.

(4)    Open each of the three existing returns and Complete the Healthcare section, close each return.

(5)    Open each of the three existing returns and navigate to the e-file section to review warnings, etc. and exit the return through the e-file section.

For the follow up testing on January 9, participants should follow the same testing scenarios as they did in the initial testing window, however using three new returns.

Communications:  We will be communicating to testers through the VITA/TCE Blog.  We will also be utilizing a survey to capture feedback about the user experience during the testing window.

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