2004 tax law update already under way for CADE

Computer Sciences Corp. has begun applying 2004 tax law changes to update the new IRS taxpayer database.

Although the Customer Account Data Engine has been processing 1040EZ returns for a few weeks, CSC must revise and test code so the next CADE release, Version 1.2, will be ready for 2005, said Jim Sheaffer, CSC's vice president and general manager of the Prime alliance of contractors.

CSC is also making some improvements now that the database has been in use for several weeks, he said. Once CSC has completed testing, IRS will also test the changes.

'CADE is working pretty much as we planned. Nothing unexpected has shown up so far,' Sheaffer said.

Although the project had been mired in massive schedule delays and cost overruns, CSC beat the latest release schedule by several weeks. 'We're on top of our game in terms of delivery performance now,' Sheaffer said. 'I believe we and the IRS have figured out how to make improvements and how to get our collective act together.'

CADE will process more than 2 million 1040EZ tax returns during the 2005 filing season. IRS will phase it in over several years, processing more complex tax returns in stages.

The version used in 2005 will be replaced by the 1.3 release to be built next year for use in 2006. It will layer in a business rules engine, which will eventually encode tens of thousands of tax rules to direct CADE's processing of returns.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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