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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®.

2018: A Tax Season to Remember!

Looming tax reform at the end of 2017 threatened big changes for the 2018 filing season, but the final bill had little or no effect on most taxpayers. But the tax season didn't open until the end of January, and then the budget bill that kept the government open in mid-February changed everything within a couple of weeks. Major tax legislation was slipped into the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, making numerous changes that were retroactive to January 1, 2017. The IRS spent the rest of the regular tax season trying to keep up, and responsible tax software followed suit. Several IRS forms, instructions, and publications were revised by the IRS during that time, and tax software was revised and updated regularly to incorporate the changes. Many taxpayers filed extensions because they were not ready for the late changes. And those who filed early are finding to their benefit to file an amended return to claim credits that were retroactively reinstated for 2017. But Tax Preparer handled the challenge with on-line updates within days of each new IRS revision, so the impact of the mid-season changes was minimized for those who used our software.

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2019: Big changes ahead ... Order Now!

The year-end Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will be in full force for the 2018 tax year. There are big changes across the board, making the 2019 filing season another one to remember and making your tax software more important than ever. Among the more notable changes in the tax code are a completely new set of tax brackets and tax rates, a big increase in the standard deduction, limited itemized deductions, eliminated dependent exemptions, increased credits for certain children and new credits for others, revamped AMT, liberalized bonus depreciation, and a complex new 20% deduction for self-employment income. But the most visible change to come is not in the tax code at all! The IRS has eliminated Forms 1040A and 1040EZ, and instead is making Form 1040 look as simple as the former Form 1040EZ. However, this change is illusory because the IRS is adding six new schedules to support the entries on the few lines of the new Form 1040. In other words, for the appearance of simplification, the IRS has expanded the former 2-page Form 1040 to 8 pages with the addition of 6 new schedules! Nevertheless, Tax Preparer will handle the changes seamlessly like it did in 2018 in the middle of unprecedented mid-season changes. But you should order now to get prepared for the tax season before it starts. Just click the starburst to order securely on-line and you'll be set with fully automatic, up-to-date tax software for the next filing season.

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 December 3, 2018.