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Preparing a few 1099s? Drake Accounting or online?

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Decided to make the leap from ATX MAX to Drake Unlimited. Any tips for what I should do to get a handful of 1099s (2-3 companies) prepared? Maybe I should have spent the extra $100 for Drake Accounting? I don't need accounting software, though, just to prepare a small number of 1099s. Does the IRS still accept paper 1099s/1096s? Office Depot for the red forms? Any free/cheap software that can print on them (don't have that typewriter any more!)? Bleh, I probably should have paid for Drake Accounting. Didn't realize it did 1099s. Maybe my best bet is to subcontract that handful of 1099s out to someone who has the software.

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If you just have a few 1099s, use one of the many online programs that are available.

If you search the board you will find a thread from earlier this year  where posters recommend different online programs.

I used a program called OnlineFileTaxes.com, which was reasonably priced and worked well.

Drake Accounting requires you to obtain a TCC code from the IRS, so it's not as easy to use as ATX Payroll Compliance.

 

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For just a few, yes use one of the online services.  Tenenz offers one.  I have used efilemyforms dot com very successfully for several years now.  If memory serves, it is $2.99 per form to efile each form (you get near-immediate pdf's of payer copy, payee copy, state copy, etc), and $3.49 to add in mailing to recipients.  You still get all the pdf's for your client who has to send the forms.  I charge per form sent, and I'll just say that it's substantially more than $3.49 (and the bump up in price to mail is less than the cost of my stamp, let alone special paper, special envelope, toner, and time).

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Thanks for the suggestions. These prices are a lot less than I thought I would have to pay, and mailing to recipients is a nice add-on.

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11 minutes ago, Anthony said:

These prices are a lot less than I thought I would have to pay,

I feel bad (sometimes) charging $20-ish per form when I'm paying $2.99 - but then I'm still the one getting the questions, and inputting information - and nagging the clients, too.

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