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If you're new towh 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®.

20% 'Early Bird' discount for next year's Tax Preparer 1040 software.

Get ready for 2024 at a discount (expires August 15, 2023). Just click the below yellow starbust to order now. With instant acknowledgement of your order, you'll have the peace of mind that you're all set for the 2024 filing season.

Tax Preparer 1040 for the 2023 filing season still available. When you purchase the software, you have a choice of on-line delivery of the software or delivery on CD by priority mail. In either case, your order will be processed the same day we receive it, and if you choose on-line delivery, we will provide you with a link to your download as soon as your order processing is complete.

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A drama-free tax season coming next year!

Back to normal. The last filing season was a relief from the massive changes and IRS delays of the previous two Covid-influenced seasons, even though Form 1040 and Schedule 1 grew once again. Things were back to normal and our software was ready for release by the time the IRS opened the tax season on January 23. Moreover, we were able to fully update our on-screen manuals, which were largely put on hold during the Covid years. We expect the same normality to continue. Most changes will come from the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes a number of credit enhancements for tax year 2023. However, most of those changes are handled by straightforward changes to existing forms, including Form 3468 for investment in a broad range of energy projects, Form 5695 for energy efficient home improvements, and Form 8936 for domestically-produced clean energy vehicles. And with the two houses of Congress controlled by different parties, the likelihood of other big changes is low. So... we anticipate no major delays for the next filing season and a timely release of your Tax Preparer software.

And a 20% discount for Early Birds through August 15, 2023! We are offering next year's software at 20% off for 'Early Bird' advance orders. So, order now and you'll not only have the peace of mind that you're set for the next filing season, but you'll be rewarded with a 20% "Early Bird" discount). Just click the above yellow starburst to order future, current, or past Tax Preparer software. (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 July 17, 2023.