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
of our flagship products, Tax Preparer® and
Real Estate Analyzer®.
Tax Preparer 1040 Release 2024.01 now available!
Now that the IRS is accepting tax returns for the 2024 filing season (since January 29), our flagship product can be used to prepare Form 1040 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 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.
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.
Many paid tax preparers have been required to e-file since 2012, as we explained in a past issue of
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.
Tax Forms and More
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 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 January 31, 2024.