Third-Party Sales and Use Tax Software
Business taxpayers who have a personal computer, telephone, and modem may purchase and use third-party software to prepare and/or electronically file and pay sales tax returns. Third-party software is available off-the-shelf or via download from vendor web sites.
While the Wisconsin Department of Revenue does not charge for electronic filing of sales tax returns, third-party vendors typically charge a fee for their software and/or services. These products vary in price and features. Filers should keep in mind:
- Software is supplied directly by the developer of that software, not the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. In most cases, you can download software from an Internet site and pay with a credit card.
- The purchase price of the software may or may not include preparation of the returns. Electronic filing of your returns may require that you pay an additional fee to the software vendor, typically by credit card at the time of filing.
- When using third-party software, an application is installed on your computer and used to prepare and/or transmit your returns. You store your work on your vendor's or your computer. You establish a direct connection with the private vendor to transmit your returns or you may transmit your return directly to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
- Filers should keep a copy of the return and acknowledgement for their records.
Approved Vendor List
The following software vendors have entered into a cooperation agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. This means that the software vendor's file format and transmission method have been successfully tested with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for reliability.
Vendors or potential participants do not have to be listed on this page to offer sales tax return preparation or transmission.
|Phone number||Web Address||Vendor-supplied description|
|ADP TAXWARE||781-557-2600||www.taxware.com||ADP Taxware's TaxSolver product allows electronic filing with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue as well as many other jurisdictions. TaxSolver software includes hundreds of forms and streamlines the task of collecting information for compliance by accepting data from various internal and external sources including third-party tax compliance systems such as ADP Taxware's Sales and Use Tax Solutions.|
|CORPSYSTEM SALES AND USE TAX SOLUTIONS||866-513-2677||www.salestax.com||The extensive collection of sales tax solutions available through CorpSystem speeds your day-to-day workflow and streamlines larger projects so you can get more done in less time. A total solution for your sales tax calculation and filing needs, CorpSystem sales tax products provide you with accurate and up-to-date sales tax rates, taxability rules and tax calculations, which keeps you compliant in the ever-changing world of sales taxes.|
|EXACTOR, INC||800-851-8226||www.exactor.com||The EXACTOR SUITE is the original fully automated compliance service for sales, use and VAT taxes. Using its fully automated patent pending technology, the EXACTOR SUITE is offered for companies of all sizes. It offers a centralized system that seamlessly and transparently provides all the elements required for tax compliance across the United States and internationally, starting from the first step of tax determination (accurately and automatically deciding the determinative taxing jurisdiction and calculating the appropriate taxes), as well as filing the required tax forms, and disbursing the tax proceeds across the thousands of different taxing jurisdictions.|
|SAXTAX||800-678-1789||www.saxtax.com||The SAXTAX Program enables filing with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue using electronic filing and electronic funds transfer. Prepare returns using data entry screens that look just like the actual sales tax form. While you can file electronically, you can also print returns with your laser printer. This program gives you a diagnostics summary before transmitting which shows any filing problems.
With SAXTAX, not only do you get an easy to use sales tax program, but you also get unlimited technical support. You'll always get a real person when you call us. We think that's important. See for yourself; call today.
|THOMSON/RIA||800-865-5257||ria.thomson.com||Thomson/RIA offers InSource(r) Sales & Use Tax, a comprehensive Windows-based application for larger companies filing 20+ returns monthly. It generates over 470 state, local, and Canadian returns including state EDI, XML or Internet-enabled returns. Alternatively, for companies filing less than 20 monthly returns, InSource Express RS(r) Sales & Use Tax is designed and priced to meet their needs. This Internet-based product also produces a complete set of state, local, and Canadian returns including the Wisconsin XML return.
|TRUSTFILE||877-222-0187||www.trustfile.com||Trustfile sales and use tax e-filing and e-payment software is offered free in Wisconsin for all of 2005. With an interface specifically designed for ease of use, Trustfile provides enhanced functionality, secure transmission, and free technical support. Software benefits include automatic and accurate form calculations per current state requirements, data import from virtually any spreadsheet, data archiving, and a helpful "Transmission Manager" that walks you through the process. Trustfile products also offer secure, confirmed transmission via internet. Complete all of your work safely off-line, logging on only for transmission. Trustfile is currently offered in Wisconsin, Illinois, and nine other states, and free software is now available at www.trustfile.com|
|VERTEX INC||800-281-1900||www.vertexinc.com||Vertex Sales Tax Returns Q Series is a Windows-based software application for companies filing in five or more states that automates the entire return preparation process. Tax data can be directly imported from virtually any calculation system, spreadsheet or text file in order to provide a simple, efficient and accurate compliance solution. Comprehensive reporting available within the software provides a foundation for thorough analysis and reconciliation support. Audit trails throughout the application assist with maintaining the data integrity concerns of SOX compliance. Electronic filing capabilities currently exist for 13 states, with additional states scheduled.|
Please note: The third party vendor software companies and their web sites are not contractually associated with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Their software products have been tested to assess their reliability. However, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue does not guarantee any aspect of the software, its features, or performance.
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 through the Sales File Transmission process or My Tax Account.
For more information about vendor products, security, pricing, features, technical support, and other aspects, visit their web sites or contact them by phone. Important: These products differ in price and features. Look at the total package; investigate all your options.
Last updated January 24, 2012