Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the RDA team!
Happy Thanksgiving from RDA Systems

At this time of Thanksgiving, we pause to count our blessings. The freedom of this great country in which we live. The opportunities to serve others. The friendship and confidence you have shown in us. For all of these things, we are deeply thankful.

 

RDA holiday hours:

Wednesday, Nov 23rd we will close at 3pm
Thursday, Nov 24th closed
Friday, Nov 25th closed

Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Team at RDA

Financial Transparency with Clear Breeze

Financial Transparency with Clear Breeze

Clear Breeze Financial Transparency Module is a simple solution for communicating with constituents

RDA adds Clear Breeze to its Product Suite!

Web-based, interactive financial transparency is getting quite a bit of attention these days at the federal, state and local levels. The huge influx of VC capital in companies like OpenGov is in response to market demand.

Early in his first term, President Obama executed a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Department and Agencies in which he states:

“Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.”

Having started at the Federal level with the implementation of Data Gov, many State and Local governments are now mandating the need to share data more freely. Virginia created Commonwealth Data Point. Georgia recently passed HB 659 mandating transparency among its K12 schools and school districts. Freedom of Information Acts are being adopted in many states allowing constituents access to public records within their localities.

Below are 3 key points for successful local government financial transparency:

  • Automagically integrate with your current financial system for ease of use.
  • Use dynamic, yet clear, simple, interactive charts and tables to encourage constituent engagement.
  • Choose software as a service for a quick and easy implementation.

RDA offers Clear Breeze as a simple solution to make implementing financial transparency a Breeze!

RDA Systems, Inc., has been providing local governments with ERP software since 1980. RDA’s Clear Breeze Transparency Module is a simple solution for communicating with constituents. Clear Breeze integrates with existing legacy and other newer ERP systems.

 

Year-end Reminders

Year-end Reminders

Another year is quickly coming to a close!  Below are a few quick year-end reminders to help you with your planning.

  • NEW IRS DEADLINE for filing W-2s!  The filing deadline for 2016 W-2s is January 31, 2017.

Tax year 2015 was the inaugural year for ACA reporting.   The IRS gave companies a break with extended deadlines and leniency for a good faith effort. However, the IRS has warned employers not to expect these same extensions or eased consequences with their 2016 or future year filings.  

  • Forms 1095-B and 1095-C are due to individuals by January 31, 2017.
  • Forms 1094-B and 1095-B, 1094-C and 1095-C are required to be filed with the IRS by February 28, 2017 if filing on paper, or March 31st if filing electronically.
  • At this time no retesting is required with the IRS if you passed the 1094/1095 electronic file testing for Tax year 2015.
  • If you have not obtained a TCC, completed initial testing with the IRS, or submitted your 2015 1094/1095 electronic file, this needs to be done AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.   Once we release programs for 2016 you will not be able to process 2015 forms and files from OpenRDA.  We anticipate this release mid-November.  Again, once you download and run updates for these programs, you will no longer have access to 2015 W-2 and 1094/1095 forms and files as the new programs will provide the required changes for 2016 reporting.  
  • As with any program release / update, we will post a News Article to keep you informed of its availability.  News Articles are accessed via the Help menu within OpenRDA.

Those of you that ordered your 1099/W2/ACA forms from RDA should start receiving them later this month.  Please inspect your shipment ASAP to make sure everything was included and not damaged.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can send in a cyber support ticket or email us at support@openrda.com

RDA Breeze v1.0

RDA Breeze v1.0

On Sept 1, 2016, RDA released Version 1.0 of the Breeze Revenue Management Software Suite for local governments. Several organizations are in various stages of the Breeze implementation phase. Live operations are expected to begin shortly after the December 2016 tax due dates.

We have learned a great deal during the course of this project. A big thanks to the many people that shared what is needed in a new generation of local government revenue management software. You shared. We listened. We acted.

Thank you!

A special thanks to Gerald Duncan, Lisa Corell and their respective teams from Giles County, VA for their patience and counsel. We would not be where we are today without their input. Thank you!

In addition, the teams at Madison County and Charlotte County VA have provided valuable insight on how to make our products better. Thank you!

We are grateful for Tabetha DuPriest, Tax Commissioner, Worth County GA, sharing her knowledge on the needs of the Georgia Tax Commissioner office.

Version 1.0 is just the beginning. A product like Breeze is never finished. Your Breeze will be constantly growing and improving. Improvement is a process not a destination.

Stay tuned for a series of short product updates over the next several weeks highlighting specific Breeze features.