Order Form for 2019 Editions

(for filing tax year 2018 returns in 2019 and tax planning thereafter)

Please read "Important Information about Ordering" for information on delivery schedule, on-screen documents, graphic printing, and professional e-file. Once you have completed this form, you can submit, print, or cancel the order with one of the buttons at the bottom of the form. This Order Form is for the next filing season. If you want to order products for the past filing season (for filing amended returns for tax year 2017), click here instead.

Lifetime Serial Number:*

* required entry for all orders

If you are not yet a registered owner of Tax Preparer, enter NEW above.
City: State: ZIP:
Permanent mailing address   Shipping address only
Daytime phone (include Area Code):
Phone at shipping address (if different):
e-mail address:

System Requirements

  • Windows operating system (32-bit or 64-bit). The installation program automatically installs all files and start-up icons appropriate for your computer system, from Windows XP through Windows 10.
  • CD or DVD drive required for initial installation each year from the disk we send you. However, other options are available upon request if your computer has no CD or DVD drive.
  • Internet access required for on-line updates and e-file. We post updates on the web for quick and easy updating of your software, on-screen manuals, and IRS documents as we and the IRS make changes throughout the tax season and thereafter. e-file output is sent securely over the internet to a 3rd party for subsequent transmission to the IRS.
  • Windows printer required for the printout of IRS-like graphic forms for all 64-bit installations and most 32-bit installations. For 32-bit installations, an HP PCL4-compatible printer with compatible tax fonts and a parallel port connection is also supported.
  • 1 GB of free memory recommended for 64-bit computers, but 256 MB adequate for 32-bit computers.
  • Special requirements for e-file. You must have our Standard Level or Premium Level software, separately purchased e-file transmission software (below), high-speed (broadband) internet access, and an IRS-issued EFIN. NOT available for partnership (Form 1065) returns.


These updates are designed for the 2019 filing season (for tax year 2018 returns).
See "Important Information about Ordering" for more information on delivery schedule, on-screen documents, graphic printing, and professional e-file.

Economy Level

No e-file nor graphic printouts (except main form). See our Comparison Chart for more details.

Standard Level

e-file ready (see below) and graphic printouts. See our Comparison Chart for more details.

Premium Level
(Professional Plus)

e-file ready (see below), graphic printouts, and expanded form set. See our Comparison Chart for more details.
Tax Preparer (1040) $189
add $60 for pre-release
add $60 for pre-release
add $60 for pre-release
Partnership Edition (1065) $259 $319 $414
California Supplement (540) $199 $209


CAUTION: You must purchase e-file transmission software each year you want to e-file returns. ONLY Standard and Premium Levels of Tax Preparer can generate the e-file output required by the e-file transmission software.

Form 1040 only transmission software  
Required for e-file in the 2019 filing season unless you purchase a combo with Form 540 (below).

e-file 1040 Basic

($5.15 per transmission fee)

e-file 1040 Silver

($4.10 per transmission fee
with first $155 pre-paid
by HowardSoft)

e-file 1040 Gold

($3.10 per transmission fee
with first $310 pre-paid
by HowardSoft)

e-file 1040 Platinum

(NO per transmission fee)
Form 1040 + Form 540 transmission software (combo)  
Required for e-file in the 2019 filing season if you will file any California Form 540 returns.

e-file 1040+540 Basic

(Per transmission fee:
$5.15 per 1040/$4.10 per 540)

e-file 1040+540 Silver

(Per transmission fee:
$4.10 per 1040/$3.10 per 540
with first $255 pre-paid
by HowardSoft)

e-file 1040+540 Gold

(Per transmission fee:
$3.10 per 1040/$2.05 per 540
with first $515 pre-paid
by HowardSoft)

e-file 1040+540 Platinum

(NO per-return fee)

Other Products

Paper Tax Forms Guides   These are loose-leaf paper versions of our built-in on-screen line-by-line instructions. (Revised annually.)

for 1040 returns:$29
for 1065 returns:$9
for 540 returns:$9

Paper User's Guide   This is a loose-leaf paper version of our on-screen general operating instructions. (Rev. January 2015, changed to reflect operation under 64-bit Windows, which is now installed on most new computers)


Loose-leaf binder   High-quality stitched gray binder - comfortably holds half of 1040 Tax Forms Guide (approx. 1,000 pages), or User's Guide (nearly 300 pages) plus 1065 and 540 Tax Guides.


Totals and Payment

Subtotal and sales tax Total dollar amount of merchandise (sum of all above amounts)
Sales Tax (7.75%, required for all California addresses)
Unless you request a different method, programs are shipped by U. S. Priority Mail 2-day for $7.25 per program. Pre-release is shipped about 2 weeks earlier than regular release, omitting forms not yet completed and on-screen documents, and gets you the final release on-line.
Paper manuals are shipped by U. S. Priority Mail 2-day for $7.25 ($14.50 for manuals plus binder).
(Initial installation for the edition year must generally be from the disk we ship you, but all subsequent updates for the same year can be downloaded through the internet from our special Check for Updates web page.)

Shipping method for programs:   U. S. Priority Mail

Number of program shipments:     Charge per program shipment:

Shipping charge for paper manuals and binders:

Total TOTAL (add above 3 lines)
Additional comments:

Payment method:

American Express
Check or money order (mail orders only)
We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card.
Account Number:
Name on Card:
Billing Address:
City, State, ZIP:
Expiration Date:
Security Code: *
* Security Code is... 3-digit number printed on back of card (near end of signature panel) for VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. (If American Express, use 4-digit number printed on front of card above top right of account number.)

CAUTION: All credit card orders are charged when order received to expedite shipping when products are released.

To complete your order:
to print completed form (small Text Size recommended)
(for your records or mailing to HowardSoft)
to submit this order to HowardSoft on-line
(charge orders only, no mailing required)
to clear all entries and restart with a blank form
(and lose all entries you've made on the form)
to exit this form without saving, printing, or sending this order
(and return to the screen from which you entered this form)

If you chose to Send the order on-line, you're done. Your order will be billed to your charge card within the next 3 business days.

If you chose to Print the order so that you can send it to HowardSoft, mail it to HowardSoft, P.O. Box 8432, La Jolla CA 92038-8432. Be sure to enclose payment (check or money order) if you don't supply charge card information on the form.

If not ordering on-line, send completed form to:

HowardSoft | P.O. Box 8432 | La Jolla, CA 92038-8432

Phone: (858) 454-0121 | e-mail: