For Tax Professionals: Compare Your Tax Filing Software Options

June 5, 2020

For tax preparers and accountants, your tax filing software is the foundational layer that supports the rest of your tax practice. A good tax filing software will feel intuitive to use, and offer functionality to help you obtain your clients’ tax information in a timely manner.

The Rapidly platform offers integrations with various tax filing softwares, and we want to share our expertise to help you make the right decision for your tax preparation practice.

Key considerations for your tax filing software include:


  • Annual Base Pricing

  • Additional Fees

Software Functionality

  • Cloud Based Software

  • Rapidly Integration

  • Mobile App or Mobile Friendly

Tax Filing Features

  • Individual State 1040 Included

  • Individual Federal 1040 Included

  • Corporate Returns Included

  • Form or Interview Data Entry Style

  • Document Storage

  • E-Filing Feature

  • E-Signature Feature

Keep reading for a more in-depth comparison of our top picks for cloud-based tax filing software: 

Tax Filing Software Comparison Chart

CrossLink Online Software Highlights

CrossLink specializes in high-volume tax preparation businesses. Its options for integration with Electronic Signature Pads and 2D Barcode Scanners have the needs of your retail tax preparation business in mind. Their new features, the CrossLink mobile applications for taxpayers and tax professionals, plus Remote Signature Capture for returns, show the increasing focus on the remote-first tax preparer.

Drake Software Highlights

Drake Software is absolutely focused on value adding for high-volume tax and accounting firms at the most affordable rate. If you are filing 100 or more tax returns this tax season, their Unlimited option would cost just $15.95 per return. Drake Zero Web, their cloud-based solution, offers a commitment-free option for individual returns with no annual subscription fees. Drake Zero pricing becomes even more affordable as you file higher volumes of returns each tax season.

TaxSlayer ProWeb Software Highlights

TaxSlayer’s cloud-based offering is an amazing value for tax preparers who are primarily remote-first and working with clients across the country. Tax preparers can get started in the TaxSlayer web platform with everything they need. An E-Signature Feature, a Client Portal, plus the TaxesToGo mobile app will make client communications and data transfer seamless.

TaxWise Online Highlights

TaxWise is a great option for beginners in the tax preparation industry. Tax preparers can utilize the “Easy Interview” feature to establish rapport with new clients in a conversational manner and expedite data entry. The Tax Help menu is your guide to frequently asked tax questions. Their $299 starting price for 1 user cannot be beat, and the interface is highly customizable for your tax season needs. 

With these considerations in mind, the Rapidly team hopes you will pick the best tax filing software for your needs, to simplify your operations and propel your tax preparation productivity.

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