2013 Review of FormMagic, Inc. – Tax-Mate 1099

Best Fit: Accounting firms working with large clients that need various import and integration options

What’s New:

  • IRS compliance indicator added to various forms
  • Print button added to each form for ease of use
  • Forms updated
  • W3 and W3C added to the W2 form

Strengths:

  • Multiple options for importing and entering data
  • Multi-client management tools
  • Built-in diagnostic tools

Potential Limitations:

  • No built-in invoicing option

Summary & Pricing
Tax-Mate provides complete management, filing and printing services that include managing multiple clients and filing and printing federal and state forms. There are several batch printing options, giving users flexibility and greater control. The comprehensive Advisor version costs $310 per year for unlimited in-firm users. Prices for the other versions are: Print, $99; Print+, $155; and Transmittal, $205.

Full Review:

Tax-Mate 1099 by FormMagic allows users to print and electronically file year-end information forms. Compatible with both Mac and PC, Tax-Mate 1099 comes in four versions: Print, Print+, Transmittal and Advisor. This review is of the comprehensive Advisor version.

Basic System Functions - 4.5 Stars
Tax-Mate Advisor is a comprehensive management, filing and printing solution for accounting firms that manage multiple clients. The solution can be hosted on a server to support unlimited payers with multiple recipients. The simple user interface makes it easy for users to add and select payers and forms. It also features a five-step Quick Start Guide for new users. The solution’s IRS compliance indicator features a green button that lets users know when the minimum IRS fields have been filled in.

Tax-Mate’s printing options allow users to print on plain paper or pre-printed forms. It also supports electronic filing with the IRS and SSA.

Reporting - 4.5 Stars
Tax-Mate 1099 supports all 1099 and 1098 forms, W-2, W-2C, W-2G, 5498, W-3 and 1096 forms. Tax-Mate also verifies TINS and checks for errors. Users can choose which forms to submit to the IRS and print, as well as preview forms before printing.

Users can batch print forms and export forms and data to Excel or PDF formats. Other printing features and options include coversheets, form instructions, reports, labels, and duplex and multi-copy sheet printing to either pre-printed forms or plain paper. Form Magic also offers both printing and transmittal services for an additional fee, based on quantity. Tax-Mate does not offer a built-in invoicing option.

Import/Export Capabilities - 4.5 Stars
Tax-Mate 1099 supports files in Excel, HTML, CSV, Lotus, Merge, Basic, SYLK, DBF, DIF and FRM formats. It also supports a two-step importing process from QuickBooks. Users need to export data from a Quicken report and then import it into Tax-Mate. Tax-Mate can export files to Excel or PDF formats. Users can also import IRS transmittal file for MISC and W2 forms.

Help/Support - 4.5 Stars
Users can access the website, User Manual, remote support and updates through the solution. The Remote Support feature allows the company’s tech support staff to log into the user’s computer for one-on-one training and assistance. The website hosts demos, a learning center and FAQs. System updates and live support are both available free of charge.

Summary & Pricing
Tax-Mate provides complete management, filing and printing services that include managing multiple clients and filing and printing federal and state forms. There are several batch printing options, giving users flexibility and greater control. The comprehensive Advisor version costs $310 per year for unlimited in-firm users. Prices for the other versions are: Print, $99; Print+, $155; and Transmittal, $205.

Best Fit: Accounting firms working with large clients that need various import and integration options

What’s New:

  • IRS compliance indicator added to various forms
  • Print button added to each form for ease of use
  • Forms updated
  • W3 and W3C added to the W2 form

Strengths:

  • Multiple options for importing and entering data
  • Multi-client management tools
  • Built-in diagnostic tools

Potential Limitations:

  • No built-in invoicing option

2013 Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars

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