E-file Software Products

You can prepare and electronically file both your federal and state income tax returns by connecting to a software company website, if:

  1. You have a computer; and
  2. You have Internet access.

What You Need to Know:

  • Below is a list of software companies and a link to their website to find out more about each company's Internet security, pricing, features, technical support, and other information about online filing. Read the information on the websites carefully before you choose a company and begin the filing process.
  • Software will help you prepare your federal and/or state income tax returns (most products will include the federal tax return; however, some may not include the state tax return so choose the right software for your filing needs)
  • Your returns will be prepared and stored at the software company's website, so no new software will need to be installed on your computer
  • Technical support for these sites must be obtained from the software company
  • Software companies normally charge a fee that will change based on the products and services you choose to use. Read the information on the websites for pricing and product details.
  • Some low income and military taxpayers may qualify for free tax preparation and e-filing through the IRS Free File Alliance web page
  • Most taxpayers can prepare and e-file their Wisconsin income tax return for free using Wisconsin e-file
  • Websites use the industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) so your tax information is safe and secure

Additional Information About Online Filing:

  • Same great benefits as other e-file options - safe, secure, accurate, fast, and easy
  • File your federal and state tax returns at the same time
  • Get notice that the federal and state received your income tax returns
  • Chose to direct deposit your refund, rather than waiting for a paper check
  • Chose to pay your income tax owed by direct withdrawal or by credit card
  • Keep your income statements (forms W-2 and 1099) for your records*
  • Be sure the purchased software include the products and services you need
  • Neither the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) nor the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) charges a fee for electronic filing income tax returns
  • DOR is not contractually associated with the software companies and does not have control over the availability of the website
  • Amended returns are not accepted electronically by the IRS; however, Wisconsin amended and prior year returns can be e-filed using Wisconsin e-file
  • The State of Wisconsin is requesting additional information in an effort to combat stolen-identity tax fraud and ensure your tax refund goes to you. Please provide the requested information from your driver's license or state-issued identification card. Your return will be processed even if you do not have a driver's license or state-issued identification card but providing the information can help process your return more quickly.

*When you e-file and claim certain credits (for example, the homestead credit), you must send documents to verify the credit claimed. The Form W-RA lists what credits need additional documentation and it gives the needed documents.

If you need to send additional documents to verify a credit that you claimed, they should be sent within 48 hours of e-filing and you can either:

  1. Attach the required documents to your tax return to be e-filed (if your software allows attachments)
  2. Electronically send through the W-RA Submission process
  3. Mail to the address given on the Form W-RA

Approved Vendor List

These vendors are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). Their software products have been tested to ensure DOR can receive and process the tax return; however, DOR does not guarantee any aspect of the software, its features or performance. Please make sure the software vendor company supports all of the forms and schedules you need to electronically file your individual income tax return.

Product Name/CompanyWeb AddressWisconsin Forms Supported
1040.com
(Drake Software)
1040.comForm 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Schedule H
1040Now
(Lamson Tech)
1040now.netForm WI-Z*, Form 1A*, Form 1A w/H*, Form 1*, Form 1 w/H*, Form 1NPR*, Form 1-ES*
ATX
(CCH, Small Firm Services)
cchsfs.comForm 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form 1-ES
Blockworks
(H & R Block Inc)
hrblock.comForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
CCH ProSystemfx
(CCH Incorporated)
cchgroup.comForm 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
Credit Karma Tax
(Credit Karma Tax Inc)
creditkarma.com/taxForm 1, Form 1 w/H
CrossLink
(Petz Enterprises, Inc.)
petzent.comForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
CrossLink Online
(Petz Enterprises, Inc.)
petzent.comForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
DIY Free Tax
(LTS Software Inc)
freetax.comForm 1, Form 1 w/H*, Form 1NPR*
Drake 17
(Drake Software)
drakesoftware.comForm 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Schedule H
eSmart Tax
(LTS Software Inc)
esmarttax.comForm 1*, Form 1 w/H*, Form 1NPR*
eSmart Tax FFA
(LTS Software Inc)
esmarttax.com/ffa/Form 1*, Form 1 w/H*, Form 1NPR*
Express1040
(TaxHawk, Inc)
express1040.comForm 1, Form 1/w H, Form 1NPR
ezTaxReturn.com
(exTaxReturn.com LLC)
eztaxreturn.comForm 1
FileYourTaxes.com
(Taluy California Corporation)
fileyourtaxes.comForm 1*, Form 1 w/H*, Form 1NPR*
FreeTaxUSA
(TaxHawk, Inc)
freetaxusa.comForm 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
GoSystem/ONESOURCE
(Thomson Reuters)
cs.thomsonreuters.com/gosystemForm 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form 1-ES
H & R Tax Software
(H&R Block Inc)
hrblock.comForm 1
H & R Block at Home Online
(H&R Block Inc)
hrblock.comForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
Lacerte
(Intuit Inc)
proconnect.intuit.com/lacerteForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form 1-ES
Liberty Online
(LTS Software Inc)
libertytax.com/onlineForm 1*, Form 1 w/H*, Form 1NPR*
LibPro
(LTS Software Inc)
libertytax.com/Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
LibTax
(LTS Software Inc)
libertytax.com/Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
MyTaxPrepOffice
(Advanced Tax Solutions, LLC)
mytaxprepoffice.comForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form 1-ES, Standalone H
OLT.com
(On-Line Taxes, Inc)
olt.comForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form 1-ES, Standalone H
OLT Desktop
(On-Line Taxes, Inc)
olt.comForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form 1-ES, Standalone H
OLTPro Desktop
(On-Line Taxes, Inc)
oltpro.comForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form 1-ES, Standalone H
OLTPro Web
(On-Line Taxes, Inc)
oltpro.comForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form 1-ES, Standalone H
ProConnect Tax Online
(Intuit Inc)
proconnect.intuit.com/tax-onlineForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1A w/H, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form 1-ES
ProFiler
(Jackson Hewitt Technology Services LLC)
JacksonHewitt.comForm 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
ProSeries
(Intuit)
proseries.comForm 1A*, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
ProTaxPro
(Taluy California Corporation)
fileyourtaxes.comForm 1*, Form 1 w/H*, Form 1NPR*
Softax 17
(Softax)
softax-inc.com/Form 1*, Form 1 w/H*, Form 1NPR*
TaxACT
(TaxAct, Inc)
taxact.comForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1, Form 1NPR
Tax Hawk
(TaxHawk, Inc)
taxhawk.comForm 1, Form 1/w H, Form 1NPR
TaxSlayer Online
(TaxSlayer, LLC)
taxslayer.comForm 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
TaxSlayer Pro
(TaxSlayer, LLC)
taxslayerpro.comForm 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
TaxWise
(CCH Small Firm Services)
cchsfs.comForm 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form 1-ES
TurboTax
(Intuit, Inc)
turbotax.intuit.comForm 1A, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
TurboTax Professional
(Intuit, Inc)
turbotax.intuit.comForm 1A, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR
UltraTax CS
(CS Professional Suite)
cs.thomsonreuters.com/ultrataxcsForm WI-Z, Form 1A, Form 1, Form 1 w/H, Form 1NPR, Form X-NOL
  * Testing in progress

Benefits of Electronic Filing

  • Online or electronic filing offers a number of benefits including speed, accuracy, and convenience.
  • You receive confirmation that the Wisconsin Department of Revenue has received your tax returns.
  • You may initiate an electronic payment at the same time you transmit your return.
  • Amended returns are accepted electronically by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

For more information about vendor products, security, pricing, features, technical support, and other aspects, visit their websites or contact them by phone. It's worth repeating: these products differ in price and features. Look at the total package; investigate all your options.

January 30, 2018