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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®.

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Get ready for the 2025 filing season.
Be an 'Early Bird' and get a 20% discount!

Our annual 20%-off 'Early Bird' special for next tax season's Tax Preparer software is now on-line. With tax forms growing longer and more complex every year (after flirting with simplicity just a few years ago), and the uncertainty of future tax changes in an election year, the next tax season could have unexpected changes. But you'll be ready for anything ... and with a healthy discount ... if you order your Tax Preparer update now!

20% discount expires July 15!

With tax laws built-in and e-file options for professionals, Tax Preparer is still the best deal in accurate, fully-automated, professional tax software.

Now available:
Tax Preparer 1040 Release 2024.01f
California 540 Release 2024.01
Partnership 1065 Release 2024.01

Our flagship products for the 2024 filing season are now available to prepare federal Form 1040, California Form 540, and federal Form 1065 returns for tax year 2023. Place an on-line order now and we'll send you a special link to download and install the new program. If you already ordered Tax Preparer 1040, California 540, or Partnership 1065 for the 2024 filing season, you should have received an email with a link to your download of the program. If you placed a special order for a disk instead, you should receive it soon. Once you install this release, you will be able to update it throughout the tax season from our separate Check for Updates web page.

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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 June 1, 2024.