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Drake Tax Feature Spotlight: Use LookBack to Check Prior-Year Data

Drake Tax Feature Spotlight: Use LookBack to Check Prior-Year Data

In this new blog series, learn about a few popular Drake Tax features and navigation tools that help you save time and stay productive.

One of the most time-consuming tasks in tax preparation is sifting through prior-year information for facts and figures. To streamline this process, Drake Tax provides the LookBack feature.

LookBack at a glance

The LookBack feature allows you to compare prior-year data entry to the current tax return, provided you prepared last year’s return in the corresponding version of Drake Tax. You have the option of comparing actual data or simply checking if any fields were filled in the previous return—all without leaving the current tax return window.

How do I use LookBack?

Accessing the LookBack feature is simple:

  1. From a data entry screen, click the PY Fields button on the data entry toolbar (or press the F11 key on your keyboard).
  2. Any field that contained data last year will be highlighted in a contrasting color.
  3. To see what the actual entry was in the previous year, click the PY Data button (or press F12) to open a read-only version of the open screen.
  4. If multiple instances of the screen exist, choose which instance to open from the Prior Year Forms List. If the screen had no entries last year, you are notified that no prior-year data exists.

Screen capture of the LookBack feature highlighting data entry fields in Drake Tax: on the left, the prior-year fields are empty and highlighted purple. On the right, they contain prior-year values and are highlighted yellow.

Can I use LookBack on any Drake Tax screen?

LookBack is available on all screens in all packages, federal and state. No matter what version of Drake Tax you use, we are committed to developing features to help you quickly and efficiently prepare and process your customers’ returns.

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Susannah Hornback

Susannah graduated from Troy University in 2016 with an English degree—which she uses daily to engage with taxes, of all things. She began writing for the tax industry right out of school, and even after eight years, she is still amazed at how rewarding it is to put complex tax concepts into simple language.