About 2nd Story Software, Inc.
2nd Story Software®, founded in 1998, specializes in tax preparation software and Web-based services. Our flagship product, TaxACT®, provides its users the highest degree of accuracy and completeness and is designed by in-house programmers, CPAs (Certified Public Accountants), and tax accountants.
TaxACT Software and Over-the-Web Services
TaxACT is available in both software and Web-based versions and offers users two ways to enter data: the interview format, or the forms-based entry method. TaxACT also provides its users a highly reliable and robust alerts system to prevent costly mistakes generally caused by omissions or missed opportunities to maximize deductions. Regardless of the TaxACT version and / or platform, all forms are IRS and State approved.
TaxACT Online Free Federal Edition and Free Federal Edition software for Windows contain the most common forms, schedules and worksheets that enable everyone to prepare, print, and e-file their federal tax return for free. No gimmicks, no stipulations and no surprises. TaxACT State Editions are available for all income-taxing states for just $14.95 each — one of the lowest priced state returns.
For the do-it-yourself tax preparer who wants extra advice and additional tax tools, TaxACT is available in a Deluxe Edition (download) for just $12.95 and includes ONE (1) free federal e-file - a $7.95 value in itself. TaxACT Online Deluxe is $12.95 and includes ONE (1) free federal e-file. Plus, TaxACT State Editions are available for all income-taxing states.
Our Goal and Mission
Our primary goal is to provide high quality tax software at an affordable price. This is accomplished by delivering the utilities, support, and attention that is required to build long-lasting relationships. Our success has been built on our team's foremost commitment to designing tools and services that empower people to make well informed financial decisions with ease, while looking out for the cost conscious.
"Free" Really Means Free
It's no secret that the tax preparation software business is an extremely competitive niche in the financial industry. Simply put, we understand that stamping the buzzwords "Fast, Easy, and Accurate" on our package does nothing to distinguish TaxACT as being worthy of handling a tax return - nor should the number of users impress you.
However, by eliminating the risk of expense, people can put TaxACT to the "user test" and judge for themselves what it has to offer. This is why our product line not only offers do-it-yourself tax preparers the option to use a fully functional and completely free tax program; our other products and services are backed by a no-risk guarantee. You won't pay a single penny until you're ready to file or print.
Not surprising, the confidence we have in our product to lead with "FREE" has enabled 2nd Story Software to gain millions of loyal customers by offering quality at unbeatable prices. Sure, we realize that some of our customers may only need to use our free product - and we're glad to help. But, down the road, we'll be in a great position to serve them with one of our other products if their needs should change.
One thing is certain, we aren't afraid to acknowledge that price may be one of the factors helping the TaxACT brand gain exposure. Yet, it's the quality we build into the TaxACT product line that makes it possible for us to retain and grow our customer base year after year.