A few years ago my husband and I began a tax preparation service. We needed software that was approved by the IRS and the state of California, but that was also in our price range. Price range alone knocked out most tax preparation/filing software out there. TaxSlayer Pro fit our needs.
It may seem pricey, but this software was cheaper than the competition by about $1, 000. And yet, it has all the features of the expensive software. The software has everything you need to either paper file or e-file any individual or business tax return. The software also comes with all states forms integrated and free updates that you can download within the program. You can also enter your receipts for returns directly into the program, or export the information in to TaxSlayer’s Books bookkeeping software. We use QuickBooks, so I simply print out the report from within TaxSlayer Pro, then put the info in QuickBooks.
We haven’t had any problems with the software, though I haven’t been able to network with other computers. Only one computer can transmit the files, but you are supposed to be able to network with other computers so several people/computers can do returns at one time. I don’t think the problem is with the software, but rather my lack of networking knowledge.
One feature I especially like about the software is that all of the menus can be keyboard driven, so you don’t have to use the mouse. This saves a ton of time, in that I do not have to keep moving my hand from the keyboard to use the mouse. You can navigate the entire program using the keyboard.
My only issue with the program is the help file. It's not very detailed, but if you call the company, they are happy to help you solve your problem.
If you are going to open a small tax preparation business, this software is the way to go. It’s not for individuals who just want to e-file (use TaxSlayer.com or something like that0, but it’s perfect for the small tax preparation business! We’ve used it for three years, and will use it again next year!