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Approved Franchise Tax Preparation Software Providers for 2017

Generating Forms and Filing Franchise Tax Online

Taxpayers and tax preparers: the software providers listed below are approved for:

  • electronic submissions for franchise tax report years 2008 through 2017
  • original printable reports filed for franchise tax report years 2008 through 2017

The software developer, distributor and user are responsible for how data are gathered and processed through the software programs. Questions about a provider's products should be directed to the provider.

DISCLAIMER: Software providers are listed in alphabetical order and are not affiliated with the state of Texas. The Comptroller's office does not endorse any software company, its products or services.

Amended Returns Submission

Amended returns must be submitted on printed forms and not electronically through your software. Software from a 2017 approved provider will print the word AMENDED on each form. If it does not, type or print the phrase “Amended Report.” Send the report with a letter of explanation and all enclosures necessary to support the amendment to:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
P.O Box 149348
Austin, Texas 78714

If the amended report is a request for refund, see the requirements.

TEXNET Submissions

If the taxpayer is required to make franchise tax payments using TEXNET, the payment cannot be submitted through vendor software. TEXNET mandatory accounts are required to submit electronic payments through the TEXNET system.

Software Provider Approval

The Comptroller's office must approve substitute Texas Franchise Tax forms created by third-party vendors (computerized tax processors, commercial printers, software producers, payroll and other companies or individuals).

Our automated system cannot process substitute tax forms and schedules that are generated using unapproved software. Customers who submit forms from an unapproved company may be required to resubmit approved forms.

The Comptroller's office grants approval based on the type of submission:

  • For electronic submissions, a software provider or a single reporting entity must successfully transmit through our Franchise Tax Web Service.
  • For printable forms generated by provider software, approval is based on placement of the data on the forms, the form calculations and the values populated in the 2D barcode.

For comments or questions about the paper filing process, email us at Substitute.Forms@cpa.texas.gov.

Approved Software Providers for Electronic Submission

The Comptroller's office gave software providers an opportunity to add electronic submission and rapid error processing for 2017 reporting. The approved providers designed software to meet all current business rules and requirements.

Preparers can successfully submit a submission to their software provider, but that does not mean it has successfully processed through the Comptroller's office. If the submission is not successfully processed, the Comptroller's office will notify the software provider. It is the responsibility of tax preparers to monitor their submissions through their software providers for any returned error messages.

Electronic Submission Feature Helps Preparers:

  • A tax preparer can electronically submit reports and payments in one transaction.
  • Preparers receive timely enhanced error validations and feedback from their software provider, rather than months later from their clients.
  • Preparers can track processing and, if necessary, resubmit rejected returns with corrected data.
  • The new error validation option offers large combined groups line by line error identification on their affiliate schedule for return accuracy.

Last Update: Feb. 27, 2017

Provider Company Name Software Package Supported Report Years
CCH Small Firm ServicesTaxWise2008 - 2017
CCH Small Firm Services, a Wolters Kluwer businessATX2008 - 2017
CORPTAX Inc.Corptax2008 - 2017
CS Professional SuiteUltraTax CS2008 - 2017
Drake SoftwareDrake Software2008 - 2017
H & R BlockBlockWorks2008 - 2017
IntuitITO/ProConnect Tax Online2008 - 2017
IntuitLacerte2008 - 2017
IntuitProSeries2008 - 2017
IntuitTurbo Tax2008 - 2017
On-Line Taxes, Inc.OLTPro Desktop2008 - 2017
Petz Enterprises, LLCCrossLink Online2008 - 2017
TaxActTaxAct2011 - 2017
Tax Technologies Tax Technologies2008 - 2017
TaxSlayerTaxSlayer Pro2008 - 2017
Thomson Reuters GoSystem - 10652008 - 2017
Thomson Reuters GoSystem - 11202008 - 2017
Thomson Reuters Onesource - 10652008 - 2017
Thomson Reuters Onesource - 11202008 - 2017
VertexVertex 2008 - 2017
Wolters Kluwer, CCHCCH ProSystem fx2008 - 2017

Approved Software Providers for Franchise Printable Forms

Tax Forms Software - Printing Requirements

  • A 2D barcode should print in the lower portion of each form directly below the words “Texas Comptroller Official Use Only.” Contact your software provider if your forms do not print a 2D barcode.
  • For all original reports, version title “TX2017” should print in the upper left corner on every form, with the approved version number “Ver. 8.X” printed directly below. See the approved version number created by the Comptroller's office in the provider table on this page. If the approved version number printed on your forms does not match the version number listed in the table, contact your provider or download the provider's latest software.
  • Some providers' software only supports report years 2010 - 2017. If you are preparing a report for 2008 or 2009, you should ensure your software provider supports those years.

Last Update: Feb. 08, 2017

Provider Company Name Software Package Report Years Supported by Software Provider ID Approved Version Number
Bloomberg BNA BNA WebForms 2008 - 2017 2039 Ver. 8.0
CCH Small Firm Services, a Wolters Kluwer business 2017 Payroll and Intelliforms 2008 - 2017 1015 Ver. 8.0
CCH Small Firm Services, a Wolters Kluwer business ATX 2008 - 2017 1833 Ver. 8.0
CCH Small Firm Services TaxWise 2008 - 2017 1045 Ver. 8.0
CORPTAX, Inc. Corptax 2008 - 2017 1023 Ver. 8.0
CS Professional Suite UltraTax CS 2008 - 2017 1022 Ver. 8.0
Drake Software Drake Software 2011 - 2017 1024 Ver. 8.0
H & R Block BlockWorks 2011 - 2017 2029 Ver. 8.0
Intuit ITO 2008 - 2017 7011 Ver. 8.0
Intuit Lacerte 2008 - 2017 1032 Ver. 8.0
Intuit ProSeries 2008 - 2017 1030 Ver. 8.0
Intuit TTBiz 2008 - 2017 7010 Ver. 8.0
On-Line Taxes, Inc. OLTPro Desktop and Web 2008 - 2017 1211 Ver. 8.0
Petz Enterprises, LLC CrossLink 2008 - 2017 1037 Ver. 8.0
STF Services Corporation SuperForm 2008 - 2017 1039 Ver. 8.0
TaxAct TaxAct 2011 - 2017 1064 Ver. 8.0
TaxSlayer TaxSlayer Pro 2008 - 2017 1038 Ver. 8.0
Tax Technologies, Inc. Tax Series 2010 - 2017 1259 Ver. 8.0
Thomson Reuters (Tax & Accounting), Inc. e-Form 2008 - 2017 1062 Ver. 8.0
Thomson Reuters (Tax & Accounting), Inc. GoSystem RS - 1065 2010 - 2017 7003 Ver. 8.0
Thomson Reuters (Tax & Accounting), Inc. GoSystem RS - 1120 2011 - 2017 7001 Ver. 8.0
Thomson Reuters (Tax & Accounting), Inc. Onesource - 1065 2011 - 2017 7004 Ver. 8.0
Thomson Reuters (Tax & Accounting), Inc. Onesource - 1120 2011 - 2017 7002 Ver. 8.0
Vertex, Inc. Vertex Income Tax Domestic 2008 - 2017 1120 Ver. 8.0
Wolters Kluwer, CCH CCH Prosystemfx 2008 - 2017 1019 Ver. 8.0