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Directory of new tax software; the Journal surveys major vendors' products for the 1991 tax year.

In the next few months, the earlybird editions of 1991 tax preparation software will begin reaching the market. To help CPAs shopping for new software, the journal surveyed all the major vendors and compiled this directory from data supplied by them.

Some material is preliminary. In some cases, prices may change and vendors may offer discounts to renewal cusomters who place their orders before yearend. Also, some vendors provide customers with software-use instructions that have been qualified for several hours of continuing professional education credit. Contact the vendors for further details.

ALPINE DATA, INC. 737 South Townsend Avenue Montrose, Colorado 81401 Telephone: (800) 525-1040; (303) 249-1400

Products: Tax/Pack 1040 ($395; laser form, $240) includes 59 forms/ schedules; Tax/Pack 1120 ($395; laser form, $120) includes 20 forms/ schedules; Tax/Pack 1120S ($395; laser form, $120) includes 21 forms/ schedules; Tax/Pack 1065 ($395; laser form, $100) includes 19 forms/ schedules; fixed-asset manager ($395); tax planner ($45). Bundling prices are available.

Software highlights: Automatic overflows; pop-up calculator; automatic attachments; depreciation schedules; client management; mailing labels; amortization schedules; direct or third-party electronic filing attachments (integrated with Nelco Directronic Filling).

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 384Kb RAM, hard drive.

Software runs under: DOS; supports Novell network.

AM SOFTWARE 1500B Northwest Vivion Road Kansas City, Missouri 64118 Telephone: (816) 741-7848

Products: 1040 ($125) includes more than 40 forms/schedules, 18 states available ($30 each); additional software for laser printing ($100 for federal, $75 for state); electronic filing software ($395).

Software highlights: Menu-driven; passive losses; depreciation; installment sales; customizable client letters and bills; tax organizer; pop-up calculator; supports Nelco preprinted tax forms.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 320Kb RAM, hard drive with 1.5Mb of available space; electronic filing requires 512Kb RAM.

Software runs under: DOS 2.0 or higher; supports HP laser printing and compatibles.

ARTHUR ANDERSEN & CO. 2803 Fruitville Road Sarasota, Florida 34237 Telephone: (800) USA-1040; (813) 365-9469

Products: 1040 ($2,000) includes 60 forms/schedules, all states available ($150-$625); 1120 ($900) includes 30 forms/schedules, 19 states available ($150-$625); 1120S ($900) includes 20 forms/schedules, 19 states available ($150-$625); 1041 ($900) includes 29 forms/schedules, 12 states available ($150-$625); 1065 ($900) includes 13 forms/schedules, 10 states available ($150-625). All prices include laser forms.

Software highlights: Client data organizers; electronic filing; tax planner; consolidated and distributed workpapers programs; fixed-asset manager.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640 Kb RAM, math coprocessor.

Software runs under: DOS 3.1 or higher; 3.3 or higher with IBM PS/2; supports Novell Advanced NetWare, Novell ELS, 3-COM, IBM PC LAN ($100 network fee; additional workstations $250); HP LaserJet, Xerox 4045.

AUSTIN SCIENTIFIC, INC. P.O. Box 1146 Menlo Park, California 94026 Telephone: (800) 433-1608; (415) 323-6338

Products: Taxtime 1040 Master Forms ($195) includes 47 forms/schedules; 1040 individual ($95) includes 23 forms/schedules, 24 states available ($50-195); 1120 ($195) includes 15 forms/schedules; 1120S ($195) includes 10 forms/schedules; 1065 ($195) includes 11 forms/schedules; 1041 ($195) includes 17 forms/schedules; 706 ($195); organizer ($29); W-2 ($49); W-2 Easy ($79); 1099 Easy ($49); laser software ($95-$195).

Software highlights: Menu- and macro-driven.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles.

Software runs under: Lotus 1-2-3, version 2.01 or higher running under DOS (required); supports laser printing.

BEST PROGRAMS 2700 South Quincy Street Arlington, Virginia 22206 Telephone: (703) 842-4947

Products: Tax Partner 1040 ($995-$1,390) includes 47 forms/schedules, 41 states available ($325-$425); 1065 ($495); 1120C ($495); 1120S ($495); Proforma ($195); Organizer ($139); 1099/W2 Plus ($195); Planner ($195); Electronic Advantage ($170); Electronic Advantage Plus ($295); Electronic Advantage Direct ($795).

Hardware requirements: DOS 3.0 or or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, 10Mb hard drive.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0 or higher; supports Novell NetWare, LANtastic; HP LaserJet and compatible printers.

CALLIS, RON, CPA 318 West Coates Street Moberly, Missouri 65270 Telephone: (816) 263-7960

Products: Corporate ($600; laser, $300) includes 11 forms/schedules, Missouri, Illinois and Louisiana available ($280 each); partnership ($500; laser, $200) includes 11 forms/schedules, Missouri and Illinois available ($230 each); fiduciary ($600; laser $300), includes 19 forms/schedules, four states available.

Hardware requirements: Hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS; supports HP and compatible laser printers; Novell and other networks.

CCH COMPUTAX, INC. 21250 Hawthorne Boulevard Torrance, California 90503 Telephone: (800) 45 PROFX; (213) 543-6200; FAX: (213) 543-6559

Products: ProSystem fx includes individual, partnership, corporation, S corporation, fiduciary, consolidated corporation and deferred compensation (federal, one state and laser approximately $2,500); 49 states available ($200-$595).

Software higlights: Safety net backup processing; pull-down menus; context-sensitive help; tax research integrated with Commerce Clearing House publications; tax planning; general ledger bridges; electronic filing.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 2.6Mb RAM; federal program requires 9Mb hard disk space; CD-ROM.

Software runs under: DOS 3.1 and higher, OS/2; supports Novell; HP and Xerox laser printers.

CHIPSOFT, INC. 6330 Nancy Ridge Road Suite 103 San Diego, California 92121 Telephone: (619) 453-6860; FAX: (800) 755-1040

Products: Turbo Tax ProSeries/1040 ($395) includes 84 forms/schedules, 44 states available ($250 each); 1120 and 1120S ($395) includes 53 forms/schedules; 1065 ($295) includes 32 forms/schedules; 1041 (#395) includes 30 forms/schedules; laser option ($100-$200).

Software highlights: Automatic installation; pull-down menus; four ways to print (laser, continuous-feed tax forms, overlays or approved substitute forms); on-line help screens; diagnostics; customizable client letter; full depreciation support.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM.

Software runs under: DOS 2.0 or higher; supports HP LaserJet.

COMPUTER LANGUAGE RESEARCH 2395 Midway Road Carrollton, Texas 75006 Telephone: (800) FAST-TAX, ext. 7600; (214) 250-7000; FAX: (214) 250-7589

Products: GoSystems Tax Preparation (prices depend on the options selected and the number of people using the software programs) contains the following: 1040 includes 73 forms/schedules, 69 states/cities available; 1065 includes 21 forms/schedules, 35 jurisdictions available; 1120 and 1120S include 36 forms/schedules, 54 jurisdictions available; 1041 includes more than 31 forms/schedules, 43 jurisdictions available; 5500 includes 7 forms/schedules; 990 includes 2 forms/schedules.

Software highlights: Tax reference-library options; expanded memory support; built-in depreciation module;customizable client transmittal letter; toll-free telephone support; interface with client write-up or general ledger.

Hardware requirements: Hard disk; CD-ROM player for installation; LAN highly desirable.

Software runs under: DOS 3.3 or higher; supports Novell, IBM Token Ring and Ethernet; HP and compatible laser printers and Fast Tax Formwriter.

CPAid SOFTWARE, INC. 1061 Fraternity Circle Kent, Ohio 44240 Telephone: (800) 227-2437; FAX: (216) 677-0793

Products: Master 1040 (large network $1,495, single station $995) includes 52 forms, 38 states/cities available ($440); 1120 (large network $900, single station $600) includes 24 forms, with 11 states available ($295 each); 1120S (large network $900, single station ($600) includes 17 forms, with 8 states available ($235 each); 1065 (large network $900, single station $600) includes 18 forms, with 6 states/cities available ($195); bundling prices available.

Software highlights: Special modules (depreciation, proforma, preseason organizer, database manager, expatriate) priced separately; toll-free telephone and bulletin board support; direct electronic filing.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, hard disk with 20Mb minimum recommended.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0 or greater, 3.1 or greater for networks; supports Novell and compatibles, 3-COM, LANtastic; HP laser and compatibles.

CPAS SOFTWARE One Pensacola Plaza Suite 500 Pensacola, Florida 32504 Telephone: (800) CPAS-123; (904) 434-2685; FAX (904) 433-8198

Products: CPASelect 1040 (multiuser network, $5,495; single user, $1,595) includes 49 forms/schedules, 41 state programs available ($500-$1,300); CPASelect Business (multiuser network $5,895; single user, $1,595), 7 states available.

Software highlights: Integration with the Financial Navigator for importing financial information; full depreciation module; exports to tax planning module; business tax modules fully integrated with general ledger and depreciation; adjusted trial balances can be imported from AICPA Accountant's Trial Balance software.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, 40Mb hard drive; supports HP LaserJet and compatibles, Xerox 4045 and DEC LN03.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0 or higher, Unix, SCO, CTIX and AIX; supports Novell and 3-COM.

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS, INC. 7322 Newman Boulevard Dexter, Michigan 48130 Telephone: (31) 426-5860; FAX: (313) 426-5946

Products: UltraTax/1120 ($1,095-$1,695) includes S corporations and 16 forms/schedules, 13 states available ($395-$595); UltraTax/1065 ($995-$1,595) includes 12 forms/schedules.

Software highlights: What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG); multimode data entry; customizable transmittal letters; on-line assistance.

Hardware requirements: Minimum PC-XT (but 386 recommended), 480Kb RAM, 4Mb available hard disk each for 1120 and 1065.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0 or higher; supports Novell and LANtastic networks; HP LaserJet Plus, Xerox 4045.

DAC EASY INC. 17950 Preston Road Suite 800 Dallas, Texas 75252 Telephone: (800) 736-2567

Products: RapidTax 1040 ($699) includes 53 forms/schedules, 23 states available ($199).

Software highlights: Automatic billing module; 1992 planner; support for E-mail; FAX and Bulletin Board; database module for tracking client data; reports and mailing label printing; IRS approved forms/overlays; state programs integrated with federal returns; client letter module; questionaire-interview mode; mouse compatible; laser forms included with RapidTax Professional for both federal and states; direct and indirect electronic filing software and refund anticipation loans.

Hardware requirements: 512Kb RAM, hard disk with at least 10Mb free space; printing of proforma/organizer requires laser printer.

Software runs under: DOS 3.1 and above. At no extra cost, can be configured to run on Novell, Alloy, LANtastic, Mainlan.

DIAMOND SOFTWARE, INC. 570 West Mount Pleasant Avenue Livingston, New Jersey 07039 Telephone: (800) 535-9750; FAX: (201) 535-1436

Products: 1040/PRO ($1,495) includes 46 forms/schedules ($295), 7 states available; 1120 ($595( includes 23 forms/schedules, New York and New Jersey available ($295 each); 1120S ($595) includes 20 forms/schedules, New Jersey available ($295); 1065 ($595) includes 20 forms/schedules; bundling prices available.

Software highlights: IRS look-alike forms; unlimited K-1 input; handles all depreciation methods; pop-up help screens; toll-free support; electronic filing option available; interfacing with several general ledger packages.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, minimum 10Mb hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 3.3 or higher; supports Novell network; laser printing supported for HP and compatibles.

DIGITAX, INC. 3001 South State Street Suite 201 Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 Telephone: (800) DIGITAX; (313) 663-2999

Products: 1040 ($1,450) includes 66 forms/schedules, 13 states available; 1065 ($700) includes 23 forms/schedules, 8 states available; 1120 ($700) includes 28 forms/schedules, 8 states available, and 1120S ($700) includes 23 forms/schedules, 8 states available. Extra charge for multiple users.

Software highlights: Customizable client questionnaire; proforma updates prior-year data; tax database and planner; translation of data from general ledger into Datax format.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM (but 1Mb is preferred), hard disk with 20Mb free space.

Software runs under: DOS 2.0 or higher; supports HP laser or compatibles and Xerox 4045.

DIRECT LINK SOFTWARE 160 Southwest 12th Avenue Suite 101B Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442 Telephone: (800) 852-0669

Products: 1120, 1120S, 1065 ($395-$495); 1041 and 990 ($295-$395 each); 13 states available ($295-$495).

Software highlights: Works interactively with AICPA Accountant's Trial Balance software; online IRS instructions; diagnostics.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles, 640Kb RAM, hard disk.

Software supports: DOS 3.1 or higher; supports Novell and LANtastic; HP and compatible laser printers.

DUNPHY SYSTEMS, INC. 6740 Huntley Road Suite 103 Columbus, Ohio 43229 Telephone: (614) 431-0846

Products: 1040 ($499) includes 57 forms/schedules, 18 states available ($100); 1120 ($199) includes 17 forms/schedules; 1120S ($199) includes 14 forms/schedules; LAN license ($300); tax planner ($199); electronic filing ($300-$399); W-4 ($49); laser forms ($100).

Software highlights: Menu-driven; on-line help screens; customizable client letter and invoice.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles, 256Kb RAM, 1.5M hard disk space.

Software runs under: TIPC, DEC Rainbow, DOS 2.0 and higher; DOS 3.1 for networks; supports Novell, 3-COM, LANtastic, 10 Net.

EBG & ASSOCIATES, INC. 70 East Lake Street Suite 1400 Chicago, Illinois 60601 Telephone: (800) PENMARK; (312) 580-2250; FAX: (312) 580-2252

Products: 5500 ($695) includes all forms/schedules; 1099-R ($395) includes all forms/schedules; electronic filing module available.

Software highlights: Menu-driven; data retained from prior year; calculation verification; toll-free telephone support.

Hardware requirements: Tax fonts.

Software runs under: DOS; supports HP laserJet.

ECKCO SYSTEMS, INC. P.O. Box 15496 New Orleans, Louisianna 70115 Telephone: (800) 322-2829

Products: 1040 ($350-$1,495) includes 45 forms/schedules, 20 states available ($95-$295); 1120 and 1120A ($295); 1120S ($295); 1120, 120A and 1120S ($495 together) include 22 forms; 1065 and 1041 include 14 forms each ($295 each); laser forms ($100-$400)

Software highlights: IRS lookalike forms; toll-free telephone support; built-in depreciation module; customizable cleint letters and billing.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles, 384Kb RAM, hard or floppy disk.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0; support HP and compatibles, Xerox 4045, and DEC LN03 laser printers.

FLASHTAX 16 Technology Drive Suite 100 Irvine, California 92718 Telephone: (800) 345-4337; FAX: (714) 753-0870

Products: Flash 1040 ($995) includes 51 forms/schedules, 8 states available ($195-$295).

Software highlights: Direct electronic filing available ($995); toll-free number for electronic mail and electronic filing return transmissions; pop-up calculator; IRS look-alike forms; automatic timing and fee billing; instant access to tax codes cross-referenced to major tax services.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, 20Mb hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS; supports Novell, LANtastic networks; HP LaserJet or equivalent.

HEIZER SOFTWARE P.O. Box 232019 Pleasant Hill, California 94523 Telephone: (800) 888-7667; (415) 943-7667; FAX: (415) 943-6882

Products: 1040 Professional ($99) includes more than 50 forms/schedules; California, New York and Massachusetts available ($19 each); 1040NR ($99); 1041 ($49) includes more than 50 forms/schedules; 1065 ($49) includes more than 40 forms/schedules; 1120 ($49) includes more than 50 forms/schedules; 1120F ($99) includes more than 50 forms/schedules; 1120-H ($49) includes more than 50 forms/schedules; 1120L ($99) includes more than 30 forms/schedules; 1120-PC ($99) includes more than 39 forms/schedules; 1120S ($49) includes more than 40 forms/schedules; 2290 ($39); 5471 ($79); 5500 ($49); 706 ($89); 709 ($79); 720 ($49); 940 ($39); 941 ($39); 990 ($49); 990PF ($89); planners for individuals ($20), corporations ($39), S corporations ($39), partnerships ($39), fiduciary ($39).

Software highlights: IRS look-alike forms; depreciation worksheets included with most programs.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, Macintosh, 2Mb RAM recommended.

Software runs under: MS Excel 3.0 (Windows/OS2/Macintosh) or Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows/Macintosh; supports all printers that run under Windows/Macintosh

HOWARD SOFT 1124 Prospect Street Suite 150 La Jolla, California 92037 Telephone: (619) 454-0121

Products: 1040 ($295 for IBM, $250 for Apple) includes 24 forms/schedules; 1065 ($495 for IBM) includes 13 forms/schedules.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles and the entire Apple II family; supports laser printing programs.

JETTAX Hutton Centre 200 East Sandpointe Avenue Suite 320 Santa Ana, California 92707 Telephone: (800) 527-3789; (714) 979-2860; FAX: (714) 546-5908

Products: JetTax 1040 ($2,995) includes 54 federal forms/schedules plus 42 forms/schedules for California; 1065 ($1,495) includes 22 federal forms/schedules and 16 for California; 1120 ($1,495) includes 32 federal forms/schedules plus 27 for California; 1120S ($1,495) includes 38 federal forms/schedules and 32 for California; 1041 ($1,495) includes 54 federal forms/schedules plus 30 for California.

Software highlights: Fully integrated federal to state; a user-definable database that allows for data export to ASCII file; an uplink to Lotus 1-2-3.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, hard disk with 2.5Mb for each module; central file server must have a keyboard and a monitor, with minimum of 2Mb; 640Kb RAM required for each workstation.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0 or higher; supports Novell NetWare or LANtastic; HP LaserJet and compatibles, Xerox 4045.

LACERTE SOFTWARE CORP. 4835 LBJ Freeway, 10th floor Dallas, Texas 75244 Telephone: (800) 765-7777; (214) 492-8500

Products: 1040 ($2,000) includes 41 forms/schedules, 38 states available ($295-$495); 1065 ($995) includes 13 forms/schedules; California, Illinois and New York available ($200); 1120 ($995) includes 16 forms/schedules ($200); 1120S ($995) includes 11 forms/schedules; 1041 ($995) includes 18 forms/schedules, California available ($200); laser software ($300-$500); organizer/proforma ($100-$200). No extra charge for network version.

Software highlights: Bridge capability for importing data from leading client write-up programs; context-sensitive help; pop-up tax calculator; customizable client letter and invoice; mailing labels; fully integrated state software; toll-free telephone support.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM (450Kb resident memory available to Lacerte programs), hard disk with 40Mb free space recommended.

Software runs under: DOS 3.1 or higher; supports Novell compatible and LANtastic networks; HP and compatible printers and Xerox 4045.

LACKNER COMPUTER GROUP, INC. Carnegie Office Park Suite 290 700 North Bell Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15106 Telephone: (412) 279-2121; FAX; (412) 279-6426

Products: Quik 1041 ($395) includes 10 forms/schedules, 18 states available ($195); network version, add $200 for federal and $100 for state.

Software highlights: On-line context-sensitive instructions; pull-down menus.

Hardware requirements: Hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 2.0 or higher; supports Novell, 3-COM, Banyan, IBM Token Ring; HP 500 or higher and compatibles.

LASER SYSTEMS 7 North Main P.O. Box 407 Kaysville, Utah 84037 Telephone: (800) 669-1011; (801) 544-3090

Products: 1040 ($995) includes 51 forms/schedules, 25 states available (first state $295, each additional $195); 1041 ($445) includes 27 forms/schedules, 4 states available ($95); 1065 ($595) includes 10 forms/schedules, 6 states available ($95); 1120 ($445) includes 14 forms/schedules, 6 states available ($95); 1020S ($445) includes 12 forms/schedules, 5 states available ($95).

Software highlights: Electronic filing module available for System 1040 for $595; free telephone support; laser printing; fixed-asset manager and a client database included free in all packages; customizable client letters.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles, 640Kb RAM.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0 or higher; Novell network recommended (no extra charge).

LINTON SHAFER COMPUTER SERVICES, INC. 2 West Second Street Frederick, Maryland 21701 Telephone: (800) 638-2220; (301) 695-5333.

Products: Express Tax 1120 and 1120S ($295); 1065 ($295).

Software highlights: IRS look-alike forms; draft/proforma may be prepared as an input document; text pages usable on instructions to client as transmittal letters; output to laser or to matrix with overlays.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0 or higher; supports Novell.

MENTOR ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS 2200 Amapola Court Suite 100 Torrance, California 90501 Telephone: (800) 843-4165; (213) 328-4407; FAX: (213) 328-3544

Products: 1040 series ($500) includes 52 forms/schedules, 5 states available ($100-250); corporation (federal and California, $395); laser modules ($70-$280); electronic filing ($350).

Software highlights: Batch data entry; pop-up calculator; customizable statements; annual rollover; client organizer and database; mailing labels; complete depreciation-amortization module; on-screen help and diagnostic.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, hard disk with minimum 20Mb recommended.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0 or higher; supports HP or compatibles, Xerox 4045 and LaserPro.

MICRO VISION SOFTWARE, INC. 368 Veterans Memorial Highway Commack, New York 11725 Telephone: (800) 829-7354; (516) 543-1040; FAX: (516) 543-1175

Products: 1040 ($595) includes 21 forms/schedules; Tax Relief 1120 and 1120S for corporate returns ($295 each of both for $495) includes 21 forms/schedules, 7 states/cities available ($195-$595); 1065 ($295); W-2 and 1099 ($129); electronic filin ($99-$249); proforma/client organizer ($99).

Software highlights: Handles "shoe box" data; maintains complete audit trail; includes tax planner, fixed-asset management; depreciation schedule supports MACRS with midquarter convention, ACRS, ADS, SLS and DDB; automatic client letter/billing; fully integrated modules for 26 states; pop-up hlep screens; file compression program that shrinks size of typical corporate data file to less than 10Kb.

Hardware requirements: 640Kb RAM, 3Mb on hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 3.1 or higher; supports Novell, LANtastic networks; HP and compatible laser printers.

PDP TAX SERVICE 10906 Baron Drive Parma, Ohio 44130 Telephone: (216) 842-1231

Products: ELECTRO-1040 ($339) includes 30 forms/schedules, 8 states available ($49-$99); laser ($225), state ($100).

Software highlights: Fully integrated electronic filing with direct or third-party transmission and refund anticipation loan program included; data entry mode for taxpayer-prepared returns; service bureau option for transmitters.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles, 440Kb RAM, either hard disk with 1Mb or dual floppy; will run on some networks.

Software runs under: DOS 2.1 or higher; supports HP or compatible laser printing; prints on overlays.

PENCIL PUSHERS TAX SOFTWARE 3 New England Executive Park Burlington, Massachusetts 01803 Telephone: (800) 333-8297

Products: 1040 ($900, laser $400) includes 60 forms/schedules, all states available ($200-$400); 1120 ($400, includes laser software) includes 23 forms/schedules, 22 states available ($400, includes laser software); 1120S ($400, includes laser software) includes 16 forms/schedules, 8 states available ($200, includes laser); 1041 ($400, includes laser) includes 22 forms/schedules, 4 states available ($200 includes laser). Full library (all federal, state, tax planning, electronic filing, amended returns, fixed assets) costs $6,000; minilibrary (same as above, with 12 states) costs $4,000; federal library only costs $2,000.

Software highlights: Toll-free telephone support; customizable client letter and invoicing; diagnostics; built-in calculator; note capabilities; proforma/client organizer; menu-driven.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles, 512Kb RAM, hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 3.1 or higher.

PRENTICE-HALL PROFESSIONAL SOFTWARE P.O. Box 723597 2400 Lake Park Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30339 Telephone: (800) 241-3306

Products: 1040 ($2,000) includes 48 forms/schedules, all states available (first two, $350; each additional, $100); laser software $500; 1120, 1120S and 1065 ($595 each), 28 states available ($100-$300); S corporation ($595); tax planning ($425).

Software highlights: Toll-free support; fixed-asset capability; context-sensitive help screens; client-billing module; diagnostic.

Hardware requirement: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, 10Mb hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0; supports Novell, 3-COM, IBM Token Ring ($275); HP and Xerox 4045 laser printing.

PROFITIME, INC. 22 Beaver Street Ambridge, Pennsylvania 15003 Telephone: (412) 266-4330; FAX: (412) 266-4278

Products: 1065 ($229) includes 10 forms/schedules; 1120 ($229) includes 14 forms/schedules; 1120S ($229) includes 9 forms/schedules; 1041 ($229) includes 9 forms/schedules; 1040X ($59); 1120X ($59); 1099-B, 1099-Div, 1099-Int, 1099-Misc ($59 each); depreciation and calculator ($99).

Software highlights: Menu-driven; on-screen help; continuous calculation update; includes auto trial balances, which allows entries from geenral ledger, makes necessary adjusting journal entries, provides yearend balances and subsequently transfers all the adjusted figures.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 512Kb RAM.

Software runs under: DOS 2.0 or higher.

SCS/COMPUTER (formerly Accountants Microsystems) 12444 Powerscourt Drive Suite 400 St. Louis, Missouri 63131 Telephone: (314) 955-2805

Products: Tax Machine Individual Federal ($2,300) includes 118 forms/schedules, 43 states/cities available ($700-$1,100); Tax Machine Corporation ($1,000) includes 101 forms/schedules, 22 states available ($400-$600); Tax Machine S Corporation ($1,000) includes 76 forms/schedules, 21 states available ($400-$600); Tax Machine Partnership ($1,000) includes 67 forms/schedules, 18 states available ($400-$600); Software tx Federal ($2,800) includes 168 forms/schedules, 43 states/cities available ($700-$1,100); Software tx Corporation includes 60 forms/schedules, 22 states/cities available ($400-$600); Software tx Partnership ($1,000), includes 73 forms/schedules, 18 states/cities available ($400-$600); Software tx S corporation ($1,00) includes 86 forms/schedules, 21 states/cities available ($400-$600). Laser federal and state software $500; tax planning $300; electronic filing $800; database management $300.

Software highlights: Toll-free telephone support; 24-hour FAX support; updates transmitted by modem; multiple state capability; all data integrated; automatic data checking and diagnostics.

Hardware required: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, 40Kb hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 3.1 or higher; also compatible with Xenix/Unix; supports Novell Advanced NetWare 2.01 or higher and ELS 2.12 or higher; HP LaserJet, Panasonic, Canon, Xerox, 4045.

SCS/COMPUTE, INC. 3191 "D" Airport Loop Costa Mesa, California 92626 Telephone: (800) 326-1040; (714) 435-1040; FAX: (714) 432-9057

Products: QuickTax 1040 ($495) includes 50 forms/schedules, 28 states available ($100-$200); LMS/Tax 1040 ($1,995) includes 50 forms/schedules, 28 states available ($400-$500); LMS/Tax 1120 ($700) includes 19 forms/schedules, Arizona, California and Colorado available ($200); LMS/Tax 1065 ($700) includes 18 forms/schedules, Arizona, California and Colorado available ($200); LMS/Tax 1120S ($700) includes 18 forms/schedules.

Software highlights: Toll-free telephone support for all LMS products; customizable client transmittal letter and billing; depreciation module; IRS look-alike forms; remote data entry for LMS products.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles, 640Kb RAM, hard disk (with 100Mb free space available for LMS/Tax and 40Mb for QuickTax).

Software runs under: DOS 3.1 or higher, supports Novell Advanced Netware 2 or higher and ELS 2.12 or higher; HP LaserJet, Panasonic, Canon and Xerox 4045.

STONEBRIDGE SOFTWARE GROUP, LTD. 5 Briardale Court Houston, Texas 77027 Telephone: (713) 840-0808; FAX: (713) 552-0005

Products: TEN FORTY/Simple ($695) includes about 56 forms, 6 states available ($75), no multiuser version available; electronic filing ($100); laser printing ($225).

Software highlights: On-line help; client billing and depreciation modules.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles, 512Kb RAM and 1.2Mb hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS.

TAX & ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE CO. (TASCforce) 8801 South Yale Suite 400 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137 Telephone: (918) 493-5900

Products: 1040 ($990, with no additional charge for multiple users in one location) includes over 50 forms/schedules with programs available for all states except Montana, New Hampshire and South Dakota ($295-$495); business tax, which includes 1120, 1120S and 1065 ($990), includes more than 20 forms/schedules, with 9 states ($295-$495) available.

Software highlights: Context-sensitive help screens available at every field, optional direct/indirect electronic filing, organizer, proforma, 24-hour bulletin board.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles, 640Kb RAM, hard drive.

Software runs under: DOS 3.1 or higher; supports Novell and compatibles, LANtastic.

TAXBYTE, INC. 1801 Sixth Avenue Moline, Illinois 61265 Telephone: (800) 245-8299; (309) 764-7245; FAX: (309) 764-0976

Products: 1040 ($1,000, extra $500 for laser) includes 61 forms/schedules, 31 states available ($400, extra $100 for laser); 1120, 1120S and 1065 ($500 each) includes 20 forms each.

Software highlights: Overflow sheets; tax forecaster; options include on-line help, pop-up calculator, diagnostics.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 512Kb RAM, minimum 4Mb free on hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 3.1 or higher; supports Novell network.

TAXKIT, INC. 1120 Greeley Avenue Glencoe, Minnesota 55336 Telephone: (612) 864-6602; FAX: (612) 864-4205

Products: 1040 ($695) includes more than 45 forms/schedules; 7 states ($100) available.

Software highlights: Menu-driven, free support services, client proformas; ability to support three printers.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 512Kb RAM, hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 2.1 or higher; supports Novell and LANtastic; HP LaserJet printing.

TAX RESOURCES 1111 North Loop West Suite 240 Houston, Texas 77008 Telephone: (713) 868-2937

Products: Ten40 ($1,295) includes 64 forms/schedules, Illinois and Pennsylvania available ($295-$495); 1120 ($795) includes 27 forms/schedules; 1120S ($995) includes 21 forms/schedules; Ten65 ($995) includes 20 forms/schedules; electronic filing available ($200).

Software highlights: On-line help, customizable transmittal letters; fully integrated fixed asset manager with 68 methods of depreciation; proforma utility; electronic filing.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatible, 640Kb RAM, 20Mb hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0 or higher; supports Novell network; HP laser series, Xerox 4045 and Panasonic (KX-P4450).

TAXSIMPLE, INC. 431 Route 10 Randolph, New Jersey 07869 Telephone: (201) 989-8955; (800) 323-2662 (outside New Jersey); FAX: (201) 366-5877

Products: Individual ($595, network 10% of total with $200 maximum per site) includes over 155 forms/schedules, 21 states available ($65-$275); corporate ($295) includes more than 25 forms/schedules, New Jersey, New York State and New York City available; S corporation ($295) includes more than 25 forms/schedules, New Jersey, New York State and New York City available; partnership ($295) includes 23 forms/schedules, New York State and New York City available. Package prices available.

Software highlights: Menu-driven; IRS look-alike forms; toll-free support; on-line research interface; all forms and state returns are integrated; what-if mode; pop-up calculator and notes; transmittal letter; invoice; client labels; electronic filing; year-to-year transfer, customizable forms.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 2.0 or higher; supports Panasonic, HP or compatible laser printers.

TAXWARE SYSTEMS, INC. P.O. Box 329 604 North Euclid Avenue Ontario, California 91762 Telephone: (800) 877-1065; (714) 986-6019

Products: 1040 package includes 64 forms/schedules ($1,700), all states available ($850 each); 1120 includes 11 forms/schedules, 9 states available ($200); 1120S includes 9 forms/schedules, 9 states available; 1065 ($800); depreciation module ($475); prices include laser printing. Discounts available for bundling.

Software highlights: Proforma/organizers; pop-up calculator with note-keeping; laser print options; client database; electronic filing ($500).

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 650Kb RAM, hard disk recommended.

Software runs under: DOS; supports Novell 2.15.

1040 SOLUTIONS, INC. 21250 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, California 90503 Telephone: (800) 544-9552

Products: 1040 ($1,800) includes more than 50 forms/schedules, 40 cities/states available ($250-$695);

Software highlights: Electronic filing; tax planning; tax research; return tracking.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 640Kb RAM, 20Mb of free hard disk space.

Software runs under: DOS 3.0; supports Novell; HP and Xerox printers.

UFS GOOD-YEAR, INC. 3713 Garrett Road Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania 19026 Telephone: (800) 468-6837; (215) 623-6140

Products: 1040 ($1,200) includes 54 forms/schedules; 1020/1020S, 1065 and 1041 ($1,300); electronic filing option available. Seven states available ($200-$400).

Software highlights: IRS and state look-alike forms.

Hardware requirements: IBM and compatibles, hard disk recommended.

Software runs under: Requires DOS 3.0 or higher; supports networks; HP and Xerox printers.

UNIVERSAL BUSINESS COMPUTING CO. 473 South Northwest Highway Suite 2A Palatine, Illinois 60067 Telephone: (800) 762-8222; (708) 358-9400; FAX: (708) 705-8222

Products: 1040 ($250); 1120 ($500); 1065 ($500), 5 states available ($250-$375).

Software highlights: Diagnostics, toll-free support.

Hardware requirements: IBM or compatibles, 512Kb RAM, 1Mb hard disk.

Software runs under: DOS 2.0; supports Novell, 3-COM, Banyan, MS-LANMAN, IBM Token Ring; HP and Xerox printers.

STANLEY ZAROWIN is a Journal senior editor.

Mr. Zarowin is an employee of the American Institute of CPAs and his views, as expressed in this article, do not necessarily reflect the views of the AICPA. Official positions are determined through certain specific committee producers, due process and deliberation.
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