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If you're new to HowardSoft...

... 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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IRS extends filing/payment date to May 17!.

The IRS announced that they are extending tax day for Form 1040 series returns from April 15 to May 17, 2021. The announcement was made on March 17 in IR-2021-59, following a number of delays during the current tax season. The delays included the IRS's late start of the tax season (February 12), frequent IRS revisions to previously released forms and instructions, and the late release of many important IRS publications until the middle of March, and still continuing, All of these delays stemmed from the complications of the year-end budget bill (enacted December 27, 2020) and the mid-season American Rescue Plan of 2021 (enacted March 11, 2021), both of which include provisions that are retroactive to tax year 2020. Not only have IRS documents been delayed, but the IRS computers that process returns are still being revised to incorporate the changes.

Before the responsible legislation, the tax season was expected to be unusually orderly because the previous major tax bill (enacted at the end of 2019) extended most credits and deductions for two years, resulting in very little change for 2020. However, even before the latest bills were enacted, the IRS expanded Form 1040 again, making it nearly as long as the traditional Form 1040 that existed before 2018, and redesigned some forms even when no relevant tax laws changed. With the addition of the complications introduced by the year-end legislation, the result was more complication than the IRS could handle with their software ... hence the delay of the opening of the tax season and the processing of ANY Form 1040 returns until Feburary 12. Nevertheless, HowardSoft was up-to-date with the tax law changes and released the software by the time the IRS started its tax season.

A new option for initial release: For the 2021 filing season we're introducing on-line delivery of your first copy of the program so you don't have to wait for a disk in the mail. If you choose this option, you can eliminate the cost and delay of disk duplication and shipping, and get the program the instant we release it. Log-in pages for the downloads will give you instant access to the products you purchased!

Easy on-line ordering: For the easiest way to order, complete 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 2021 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 March 18, 2021.