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  1. Mike D

    Horrible Customer Service

    I user ATX for years until it was sold to Wolters Kluwer when they began raising prices and elimination functionality. I switched to Drake and never looked back. They have the best customer service ever! They are less expensive. They are a good company. Best Cart
  2. Mike D

    Engagement Letter

    Drake software provides an engagement letter. Attached please find a redacted copy of 2018 letter.
  3. Mike D

    QBI Deduction entry in 1120S K-1

    Look at the lower left side of Tab # 2 on K-1 screens for QBI Input.
  4. Mike D

    Printing 2018 Tax Returns

    I hate to be a spoil sport however about 6 years ago I decided that all of my clients who were computer literate would begin receiving an encrypted pdf file instead of a printed hard copy return. At that time only 2 objected and I advised them there would be an additional $100 fee for paper copies as with a pdf file they can print at will. I now print 3 tax returns per season out of about 130 clients, including business clients. Think of the savings of time, supplies, and especially the environment.
  5. Mike D

    software availability

    Received email from Drake that first 2018 download is available today. Happy tax season to all.
  6. Mike D

    Best practices in switcing to Drake

    I too switched from ATX to Drake back in 2013 and did not purchase ATX since. There were a few hiccups as can be expected with any conversion however Drake support is the best! Good luck.
  7. Mike D

    For New York State Drake users

    To my knowledge the $20,00 pension exclusion is automatic based on the birthdate! I take this deduction for many of my clients as well as myself and you cannot edit this field on the NYS return. Did you check the birthdate carefully and make certain that it represents 55 1/2? I'm not sure about the S Corp payment screen, it may have something to do with the evaluation copy? I would call the support line and I am certain they will know all of your answers in a reasonable amount of time. Good luck!
  8. Mike D

    Drake & Microsoft Updates (Printing Issues)

    It seems like every time there is a Microsoft update I lose some functionality! Old software automatically becomes obsolete and printing problems ensue as well. I have contacted Microsoft and they resolved some of my issues as they are certainly aware of this charade!
  9. Mike D

    ATX Max and Drake

    Unfortunately you must purchase Drake software in order to use their forum! I converted to Drake from ATX 4 years ago and haven't looked back. As with all software nothing fits 100%. Some workarounds, learning curves, idiosyncrasies, etc. The best support of all. Good luck
  10. Mike D

    Tax Newsletters / Subscriptions

    You can access the Tax Advisor AICPA using the following link for free. http://www.thetaxadviser.com/issues/2016/feb.html Mike Dubin CPA
  11. Mike D

    2018 PTIN

    Filed yesterday, confirmed today. No issues and no cost! Mike Dubin CPA
  12. Mike D

    Over an hour on hold for support

    You all need to consider Drake! Lower cost. Excellent technical support Over 50,000 users I used ATX prior to their being absorbed by . They made my mind up for me with all of the bait and switch, fixed assets were free and then they weren't, price increases, etc. Drake works quite well in most scenarios as all software has its workarounds. Mike Dubin CPA
  13. I agree with jklcpa that Drake would is a better choice vs ATX, albeit you will never have 100% success with any software. I switched to Drake 4 years ago from Tax Works which was a quality program, ultimately absorbed by Ultra Tax! I have also used ATX for 8 prior years before they were absorbed by Wolters Kluwer. My recollection of ATX is that it did not handle multi states well at all. I needed to go into each state and fill in all the information as well as repeat every time numbers were adjusted. I have a small but somewhat complex practice encompassing multi state partnerships. Drake handles all of this quite well. Their support is overwhelming and the price is quite good for the value. Best of luck Mike Dubin CPA
  14. Mike D

    Client copy of large tax returns

    About 6 years ago I decided that for all of my computer literate clients that I would only provide them with a pdf copy of their tax returns. I accomplish this by using a cd rom. For some of my elder and/or high wealth clients I give them the option. Should any client that I provided with a cd rom to request a copy of their return there is a minimum $25 charge. For all returns in excess of 50 pages the charge becomes $50. This has worked quite well for me in saving time, paper, toner, postage, etc. Mike Dubin CPA
  15. Mike D

    Toner Cartridges

    Here's some great news, I purchased the cartridge below from Amazon.com, albeit a refill, for a total of $12.07. I had previously purchased refills from a local franchise and the last time I paid $80 for 2 of the same cartridges. I have about 800 copies so far on the $12.07 and it continues to work quite well. 1 X Compatible Toner Cartridge Q2612X For HP LaserJet 3055 (Black) - 3500 yield - Black - Best of luck. Mike Dubin CPA