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The information on this page applies to the 2024 Edition of Tax Preparer (for preparing and filing returns during 2024, for tax year 2023 returns). For information on the 2023 Edition of Tax Preparer, click here instead.
Release Schedule. The Tax Preparer software for Form 1040 returns is normally released in late-January, in coordination with the normal start of the tax season by the IRS. The software will then be available on-line to those who purchased the software for the new filing season. (Partnership 1065 software and California Form 540 software are subsequently released as soon as they are completed.)
On-screen documents. Manuals and IRS documents are supplied in PDF format for easy on-screen viewing and printing. (See the Order Form for list of on-screen documents included in each product.) To view these documents you must use Adobe Acrobat Reader, available free on the Internet at adobe.com (search for Adobe Acrobat Reader on that website). All HowardSoft manuals take full advantage of two important Adobe Acrobat capabilities:
In addition, all on-screen documents are printable in whole or in part if you want a hard copy.
Graphic printing. Graphic printing of all supported forms is included in all Standard Level and Premium Level updates. Graphic printing requires only a Windows-compatible printer capable of printing a 7.5 by 10-inch image on an 8.5 by 11-inch page. Note that the Standard Level supports the traditional set of forms that HowardSoft has included for years plus a few others, but the Premium Level contains twice as many forms. See the separate Comparison Chart for details. (When using Tax Preparer under 32-bit Windows, an option for HP laser printing is also included for those who have a laser printer that supports HP's PCL printing language, is connected to an LPT port, and supports compatible tax fonts. This option may be advantageous for those who experience slow Windows printing because of limited memory or low processing speed. This option is not available when using Tax Preparer under 64-bit Windows because of Microsoft's elimination of support for this older technology in all of their 64-bit versions of Windows.)
Professional e-file. e-file transmission software is available for use with Standard Level and Premium Level software for federal Form 1040 returns. It provides you with the capability to transmit most returns prepared by Tax Preparer for a nominal per return transmission fee.
Mandatory e-file for paid preparers: Mandatory e-file for paid preparers was signed into law late in 2009, but the IRS phased in the new law over a 2-year period. The law is now in full force. Any paid preparer who expects to file more than 10 returns in a tax season is required to e-file them all (with rare exceptions) during that tax season. See our home page for more details.
To use professional e-file you must:
Also see our Comparison Chart for more detail on the differences among the three levels of software we offer.