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... get ready for fully-automated, interactive, and integrated -- not limited by the IRS forms. We're independent, accurate, knowledgeable, and responsive, but we don't charge an arm and a leg for it! To find out more, start with a Quick Tour of our flagship products, Tax Preparer® and Real Estate Analyzer®.

Breaking News: Now shipping Tax Preparer.

Our software for the 2018 filing season has been released, in time for the IRS opening of the tax season. Note that the IRS will start processing e-file returns on January 29, but won't start processing paper returns until mid-February.

IRS bulletin: Tax season to start January 29.

The IRS has announced that they won't begin accepting tax returns this year until January 29. This means that any e-file returns transmitted to them before that date will be rejected (and not processed) and any paper returns that they receive before that date will be stockpiled until mid-February (and not processed). The IRS also reiterated that most refunds aren't issued until 3 weeks after the return is processed, and even longer for those who claim the Earned Income Credit or Child Tax Credit. In fact, they don't expect to issue refunds for any of those returns until February 27 at the earliest.

The flip-side of this delay is that the first release of our software is more complete than ever and ready for e-file in time for the IRS opening of the tax season. So if you aren't already signed up with us for e-file, now would be a good time to start to minimize the delay of refunds for your clients.

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Final tax bill removes uncertainty.

NOW it's time to get ready for 2018.

Order now to avoid delay.

Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been passed by Congress and signed by the President, the IRS can complete delayed forms and instructions and your tax software can be released by the start of the tax season. While the tax bill made many changes to the tax laws, it left nearly everything untouched for tax year 2017. The only impact on the upcoming tax season for most taxpayers will be the benefits of a doubling of bonus depreciation (for property placed in service after September 27, 2017), along with its expansion to include used property, and a lowering of the threshold for deducting medical expenses. Everything else in the bill applies only to tax year 2018 at the earliest. That means that the IRS can now wrap things up and so can we. As a result, we'll be ready when the IRS opens the tax season, and so can you if you order now. Just click the starburst to order securely from the on-line Order Form and you'll be set with fully automatic, up-to-date tax software for 2018.

64-bit compatibility!

Tax Preparer is compatible with all versions of Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and all other Windows versions as far back as Windows XP, whether 32-bit or 64-bit. Although greatly modified for 64-bit Windows, the familiar look and feel of Tax Preparer remains the same. You will have no problem installing or running our software on a new Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 computer, most of which are preloaded with a 64-bit version of Windows. However, Windows 10 may require an updated print driver or a change in default settings.

Why e-file?

Many paid tax preparers have been required to e-file since 2012, as we explained in a past issue of HowardNews. However, even if you aren't required to e-file, there are plenty of other reasons to e-file:

  •   Improved accuracy and compliance. IRS checks return for errors and compliance before it is accepted for filing, so you can correct it before you file it, minimizing embarrassing IRS notices to clients.
  •   Proof of filing date and time. IRS acknowledges every transmission, and first transmission of return counts as filing time even when return isn't accepted for filing until days later. No more postmarks required.
  •   Proof of receipt by IRS. IRS sends acknowledgment once return passes their checks, giving proof of receipt and acceptance. No more 'lost' returns.
  •   Faster refunds. Eliminates manual handling of paper returns, so return is processed immediately once accepted for e-file.
  •   Increased customer base. Heavy IRS marketing of e-file causes customers to look for e-file providers, so you'll keep old clients and get new ones.
  •   Minimized learning time during tax season. Learn now to avoid critical delays later. It's easy with Tax Preparer, but learning the interface with the IRS can take some time.

And HowardSoft's uniquely personal customer service is always there to help you learn the e-file process and correct any rejected returns.

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We offer three levels for each Tax Preparer software package:

Click a level above for a list of features and forms built-in and fully-automated for that level. And to make sure you're not left behind at the beginning of the tax season, click here to ORDER ON-LINE.

Get Ready for e-file

e-file is included with Standard and Premium Level CD-ROMs, but you must:

Except for unusual limitations imposed by the IRS, you can now e-file most returns ... even when the data does not fit on the IRS paper forms!

This web site last updated January 28, 2018.