TaxAct Affiliate Program FAQ
It's easy! Just add a TaxAct link (banner, text, or a combination of both) to your site, which directs your visitors to TaxAct. After clicking on the tracking link from your web site, the Web surfer is taken to TaxAct Online or TaxAct.com where they must register for an account or place an order for TaxAct software. When the customer creates an account, by either registering or placing an order, your Affiliate ID is recorded.
Commission Junction manages the daily functions of the TaxAct Affiliate Program. Once your Affiliate Application has been submitted and Commission Junction has determined your approval status, Commission Junction shall send you a welcome e-mail with details outlining how you can register as a TaxAct Affiliate and access the tools that you will need to start making money by promoting TaxAct from your Web site.
The best time to promote TaxAct is January 1st through mid-April.
TaxAct has contracted Commission Junction - a proven specialist in performance-based marketing campaigns - Commission Junction, provides publishers with a dedicated support staff and their technology stands ready to serve you. TaxAct's purpose for outsourcing its publishers' programs is to ensure that you have a wider selection of marketing creatives and real-time reporting tools that will benefit publishers by illustrating how to better maximize our advertising inventory.
TaxAct Affiliates benefit from a simplified incentive structure, which provides for a greater ability to generate revenue upfront. Under the management of the Commission Junction , TaxAct offers paid incentives based on the one thing you can control best - registrations!
After clicking on the TaxAct tracking link(s) embedded within your Web site, your site's referrals who register to access our software (TaxAct Online or download for Windows), or place an order, will earn you revenue based on the number of unique user registrations your site is able to acquire.
More information regarding the Affiliate Compensation Structure will be provided to qualified TaxAct Affiliates for the by Commission Junction. Publishers interested in marketing TaxAct must first register directly with Commission Junction to initiate enrollment in their network.
No, becoming a TaxAct Affiliate is absolutely free. There are no application or membership fees to join Commission Junction or the TaxAct Affiliate Program.
To qualify as a TaxAct Affiliate, you will need to:
Complete a Registration Form with Commission Junction. This form represents your request to join their Affiliate Network. (There are no application or membership fees to join Commission Junction's marketing network or TaxAct's Affiliate Program.)
Note: You must receive confirmation that you have been accepted into Commission Junction's Marketing Network before you can initiate enrollment in the TaxAct Affiliate Program. To get started, simply visit: Affiliate Application page
Remember to Review Commission Junction's Affiliate Network Agreement Terms and Conditions, and TaxAct's Program Regulations.
Submit your registration form.
After reviewing your application, Commission Junction will notify you whether or not acceptance into their marketing network has been granted. If accepted, Commission Junction will provide you with information as to how you can enroll in the TaxAct Affiliate Program and start making money as a TaxAct Affiliate.
First, without exception, your site must be "live". This enables Commission Junction the ability to inspect your site's content, published policies and practices, as well as your company's reputation within the online community. In general, if your application's was declined, it was likely due to your site / company being deemed to:
Promote sexually explicit material, violence, illegal activities, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical disability, sexual orientation, or age;
Violate intellectual property rights;
Promote offers that are incompatible with our business;
Promote offers by issuing and / or enabling unsolicited bulk email, "Spam";
Utilize questionable marketing practices; and / or,
Promote Multi-Level Marketing (MLM).
Depending on Commission Junction's policies, other qualifying criteria may apply. TaxAct and Commission Junction reserves the right to deny and / or revoke a publisher's marketing status if it is reasonably deemed that an Affiliate relationship could result in damage to TaxAct's brand and / or TaxAct's reputation. TaxAct also reserves the right to disallow an approved TaxAct Affiliate from continuing to market TaxAct if it is determined: there is an Agreement breach; TaxAct's brand has been tarnished; TaxAct's reputation has been harmed; a violation of rules and policies set out by TaxAct, and / or the relationship is deemed to be unproductive.
No one wants to wait a long period of time to receive a decision. However, for first time applicants, acceptance into Commission Junction's Marketing Network may take up to two (2) business days depending on the research time that is needed to evaluate your site and / or company.
Assuming that you have been accepted into Commission Junction's Marketing Network, there may be additional time required to ensure your site and / or company is compatible with TaxAct's Affiliate Marketing Standards. This evaluation period may take an additional two (2) business days. TaxAct extends its appreciation for your patience in advance; and, hopes that everyone will benefit from the precautions that are being taken to preclude those deemed necessary from achieving TaxAct Affiliate Status.
No, all parties interested in becoming a TaxAct Affiliate must submit their application to Commission Junction for consideration.
If you have submitted a Strategic Alliance Inquiry via firstname.lastname@example.org to TaxAct, and it is deemed that you have proposed an Affiliate-like relationship, you will be referred automatically to join Commission Junction's Marketing Networks, which maintains the daily operations of TaxAct's Affiliate Program.
Once Commission Junction has accepted your application to join their marketing network, you likely will not need to re-apply. Exceptions to the rule may apply (e.g. your "approved" Affiliate status is suspended by Commission Junction.) If you at one time you were a registered publisher with Commission Junction, but you are not sure whether you are enrolled to market TaxAct, please contact Commission Junction.
Please make appropriate site updates for the current tax year including content updates and tracking links. If you are using banners or text links that are associated with an outdated Affiliate Tracking Code, or you have incorrectly incorporated your tracking code (Affiliate ID) within the URL that directs your visitors to a TaxAct Landing Page, NO COMPENSATION CAN BE PROVIDED. No exceptions can be accommodated.
TaxAct and Commission Junction lack the means to track sales that are associated with expired Affiliate IDs. For this reason, TaxAct strongly encourages you to test all TaxAct links that are embedded within your site to ensure usage / sales are being recorded.
Commission Junction determines the total commission that you have earned each month. Please consult Commission Junction's Payout Policy for complete information.
Once you have successfully met Commission Junction's payout criteria, they will issue you a check in the amount that you have earned.
Commission Junction is responsible for calculating and disbursing Affiliate Compensation checks - not TaxAct. Any and all questions relating to compensation should be directed to Commission Junction.
Please send an e-mail to email@example.com. To ensure the most expedient response possible, we will need to know:
Your Affiliate ID;
The Commission Junction representative's name servicing your account;
How long the problem has persisted; and,
A description of your problem / concern;
You are responsible for all marketing functions. These functions include but may not be limited to: setting up TaxAct links correctly and incorporating those links within your site; testing links; updating links as it becomes necessary; as well as devising and executing promotional activities that will direct an audience to visit your site's TaxAct offer (i.e. sending a newsletter, advertising, etc.).
No, TaxAct's Affiliate Agreement is NOT exclusive. TaxAct stands by its products and we believe that competition and choice in the market place is a good thing for everyone. Thus, unlike other tax software developers that only allow you to promote their tax product(s), we welcome you to promote TaxAct along side any of our competitors' tax wares.
Your decision to promote TaxAct products shall not be considered as representing an endorsement in favor of our wares. Likewise, the decision to promote TaxAct shall not represent that a partnership exists between our two companies; nor does TaxAct endorse the products, services and / or practices of its Affiliates.
No problem! As long as all sites comply with your Affiliate Network's Terms and Conditions, as well as TaxAct's Affiliate Guidelines, we recommend that you add a TaxAct link to all of the sites that you manage - doing so will help you to maximize the overall visibility for your TaxAct offers.
We understand that your time is valuable. However, in some cases, you may be required to submit an annual application. By doing so, you are helping to ensure that your most current information is on file. This also gives the advertising network the opportunity to make certain that your site's content, policies and practices are in accordance with TaxAct's Affiliate Program Guidelines. Most importantly, however, this practice gives you an opening to review any changes that may have been made to the program's payout structure, guidelines and / or performance standards.