Best Tax Preparation Software Starting a Business

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am planning to start a tax preparation business to work on the side of my corporate 9 to 5. What is the best tax preparation software out there for a small business/start up? Any recommendations on resources for novices getting started or even what some seasoned pros refer to? I ordered the 2022 US Master Tax Guide (used at a great price) to start. Any other insights or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    I think Lacerte is the best. The only other software that I have worked with is ProSeries, which did not seem as robust as Lacerte. Although Lacerte may seem not as “user-friendly” as ProSeries if you are just starting out…. You really have to know what you are doing when using Lacerte.


    I concur with Lacerte. Support is adequate and software is easy to learn and comprehensive. For a startup use their pay as you go. Factor in the software cost to your fees. Can get expensive but it is a passthrough expense. I have been using it for many years and it does everything I need for federal and state, individual, trusts and estates. I do not do business returns as I work solely for an estate planning law firm. Others will mention Drake which is more affordable and their support, I hear, is excellent. Have you started your application for your EFIN yet? You need to get that going now for the upcoming tax season. Applications take awhile.

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    There are many tax preparation software options available for businesses, and the best one for you will depend on your specific needs and budget. Some popular options include:

    QuickBooks Self-Employed: This software is specifically designed for self-employed individuals and small business owners. It helps with tax preparation by tracking expenses and income, as well as providing a self-employment tax calculator.

    TurboTax Self-Employed: This software is also geared towards self-employed individuals and small business owners. It includes features like expense tracking, a self-employment tax calculator, and the ability to import business data from QuickBooks.

    It's a good idea to compare the features and prices of several different tax preparation software options before making a decision. You may also want to consider seeking the advice of a tax professional or financial advisor to determine the best solution for your business.

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