TaxWise Online – Wolters Kluwer
From the 2020 reviews of professional tax preparation systems.
TaxWise Online from Wolters Kluwer is a scalable cloud-based tax compliance application well-suited for small to mid-sized firms that process federal and state individual forms for clients. For firms that process both individual and business returns, TaxWise offers an on-premise application that can be installed on a local workstation or network.
One of the biggest additions to TaxWise Online is the TaxWise Mobile Interface, which integrates seamlessly with TaxWise Online. The mobile app is designed to make it easier for clients to complete the entire tax preparation process without having to use a desktop computer. The TaxWise Mobile Interface provides clients with the ability to share tax documents by simply snapping a photo. Clients can also sign and return Form 8879 using the mobile app. The Mobile Interface also includes a taxpayer interview option, so clients can easily complete an online interview directly from their mobile device. TaxWise Online has also continued to enhance integration options between TaxWise and other CCH applications, with system security options being updated as well. Another addition is the option to send emails to clients directly from TaxWise Online.
The TaxWise Online interface is clean and uncluttered, with options at the top of the screen for the user dashboard, tax returns, e-filing, and reports. In the tax return screen, users can access various forms or the interview option, and there is an option to toggle back and forth between the two. The menu bar includes a series of tabs that provide access to Client Letters, Client Notes, Diagnostics, Print Return, Check Return Status, Send Email, Text Messages, and Message. To the left of the screen is a menu that allows users to skip to a particular area in the return. A running total of any refund amount is also displayed in the menu to the left.
TaxWise Online carries prior year totals over for existing clients, and the uncomplicated user interface makes it easy to add a new client at any time.
The interview process in TaxWise Online helps those new to TaxWise, or form preparation, by guiding them through the entire form entry process, helping to ensure that all necessary information is entered properly. TaxWise Online uses the Easy Interview feature that guides users through each form to ensure that no field is overlooked, making it easy for office staff to collect information from clients. The product also includes a ‘What if’ feature, that allows users to easily test a variety of tax scenarios for their clients prior to completing the return, and users are able to save scenarios for future usage if desired.
TaxWise Online supports all federal and state individual income tax forms, as well as local forms when applicable. An e-file option is available for all federal forms as well as state and local forms where e-filing is offered, and users are able to track e-filing status and view e-file errors displayed in red on the diagnostic report Line-by-line help options are available in the application, with integrated tax help built in to the application. TaxWise Online also includes numerous bilingual features including more than 60 forms and instructions in Spanish.
TaxWise Online Pro and TaxWise Online Enterprise Mobile both integrate with the CCH U.S. Master Tax Guide, as well as primary sources in CCH AnswerConnect. Integration with e-Signature is also available for TaxWise Online Essentials and Pro, and is included in both of the mobile versions of the application. The Enterprise Mobile version also integrates with Central Office Manager, and all plans offer integration with Vault for easy online document management capability. All TaxWise Online plans also offer complete integration with the CCH iFirm Client Portal, allowing firms and clients to share documents securely. The CCH iFirm Client Portal can also be branded with a firm’s messaging and color scheme if desired. TaxWise Online also integrates with numerous banks, allowing firms to offer various refund options to their clients.
TaxWise Online includes numerous help and support options, including access to TaxWise Online Education Video Library that includes a variety of short instructional videos for key features of the application. Users also have password protected access to user guides, and an onboarding guide, with all product updates available for uploading from the support page. A searchable knowledgebase is available for browsing, and the Support Video Library is designed to offer assistance with common product issues. TaxWise Online offers both telephone and chat support options, with extended support available during tax season. All support is included in the cost of the application.
TaxWise Online offers solid tax compliance capability for firms processing individual tax returns for clients. TaxWise Online offers four plans: TaxWise Online Essentials, which is designed for a single user, and currently runs $299* per year; TaxWise Online Pro, which is a 3-user system and currently runs $1,219* per year; TaxWise Online Pro Mobile, which runs $1,729* per year, and is also a 3-user system; and TaxWise Online Mobile Enterprise, which is a 10-user system, with pricing available upon request. TaxWise On-Premise (not reviewed in this issue) is the better option for firms that process both individual and business returns. (*Note that e-filing fees are assessed in addition to the annual software fee.)
2020 Rating: 4.75 Stars
- Intuitive user interface
- Excellent help and support resources
- Offers a mobile plan
- Only offers individual 1040 return processing