Order Form for 2021 Editions

(for filing tax year 2020 returns in 2021 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 2019), 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.

Contact Information

City: State: ZIP:
Permanent mailing address   Shipping address only
Daytime phone (include Area Code):
Phone at shipping address (if different):
e-mail address (required for on-line delivery of programs):

NEW: On-line delivery of initial program release now available. You no longer have to wait for a CD to arrive in the mail for your initial installation each year. If you choose on-line delivery of programs (in the Shipping/Delivery section below), you will be able to download the program from the internet as soon as it is released, and there will be no delivery charge! (You can still choose traditional delivery instead, via CD, but there will be a delay as we duplicate disks and prepare the program for mailing, plus the usual USPS delivery time, and a shipping charge to cover our costs.) If you choose on-line delivery, you MUST supply an e-mail address above so that we can e-mail you a link to the appropriate secure download page along with login instructions as soon a new release is imminent.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP through 10 (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 if you choose CD delivery of the program(s) for initial installation for the year.
  • Internet access required if you choose on-line delivery of the program(s) for initial installation for the year. Internet access also 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) nor Califoria (Form 540) returns.


These updates are designed for the 2021 filing season (for tax year 2020 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) $199 $299 $429
Partnership Edition (1065) $269 $329 $429
California Supplement (540) $209 $219


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 transmission software  
Required for e-file in the 2021 filing season.

e-file 1040 Basic

($5.20 per transmission fee)

e-file 1040 Silver

($4.15 per transmission fee
with first $155 pre-paid
by HowardSoft)

e-file 1040 Gold

($3.15 per transmission fee
with first $315 pre-paid
by HowardSoft)

e-file 1040 Platinum

(NO per transmission 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:$34
for 1065 returns:$12
for 540 returns:$12

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 (nearly 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)
If method of delivery chosen below for programs is CD, they are shipped by U. S. Priority Mail for $7.95 per program. There is no charge for on-line delivery. Thereafter, changes throughout the tax season (and extension season) are delivered through our Check for Updates website as on-line updates that rapidly revise your program. (You can also order a complete CD of the latest release for $15 plus shipping.)
Paper manuals and binders are shipped by U. S. Priority Mail for $15.50 per shipment. (One shipment can include up to all four manuals plus one binder.)

Delivery method for programs:*   CD via U. S. Priority Mail   On-line Download (requires e-mail address above)

Number of program deliveries:     Charge per program delivery:

* Back-up CDs are also available during the tax season and thereafter for a charge of $15 per CD plus shipping.

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 delivery 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: