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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®.

All Tax Preparer products for 2020 now available

We issued our first release of Tax Preparer 1040 in time for the IRS opening of the tax season, and followed that with our software for parnership returns (Form 1065) and Californis individual returns (Form 540). For the Form 1040 software, efile capability is included for those who ordered e-file transmission software for the Standard or Premium Level software, If you indicated on-line delivery of the software when you ordered, you should receive an email giving you a protected link to the product you ordered. On the other hand, if you indicated delivery on CD, you will receive a CD containing the software soon.

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Get Ready for 2022!

Get ready for 2022. The upcoming tax season could be another challenging one because of the potential for more retroactive tax law changes by the end of the year. But even without new changes, there are plenty of changes already legislated that will be reflected in the new forms. Among the changes are the disappearance of the $10,200 reduction in the taxable portion of unemployment compensation and the popular tuition and fees deduction. And several credits will be sweetended, including the doubling of the allowed charitable deduction for married non-itemizers, a big increase in the Child Tax Credit, which will now be refundable, and a jump in the Earned Income Credit for childless taxpayers, And even without the tax law changes, the IRS is changing some forms in significant ways, most notably the main Form 1040 itself (again!). Form 1040 for the 2022 filing season will be nearly the full 2-page size it was before Schedules 1, 2, and 3 were introduced to make it smaller! But Schedules 1, 2, and 3 remain, so the classic 2-page Form 1040 that existed before the 2019 filing season exploded into 8 pages for the 2022 filing season -- a 2-page Form 1040 plus a 2-page Schedule 1, a 2-page Schedule 2, and a 2-page Schedule 3.

Easy on-line ordering: With all these changes, the automation built into Tax Preparer is more important than ever. But you can easily prepare for next year by ordering using our secure online Order Form. Just click the yellow starburst above. With instant acknowledgement of your order, you'll be sure that you're ready for the 2022 filing season. (You can also order by mail or phone. We accept all checks and major credit cards.)

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 capability is included with Standard and Premium Level software, but you must:

  •   apply to the IRS for your lifetime EFIN (click here to learn more), and
  •   annually purchase from us the e-file transmission software that will send to the IRS the e-file output produced by our software.

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 October 1, 2021.