Discussion:ProSeries vs. LaCerte

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TKMCPA (talk|edits) said:

1 July 2006
I would like feedback regarding these two softwares. Thanks

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

2 July 2006
TKM, you'll get a variety of opinions here. I've never seen Lacerte, so merely sharing why I like PS. I used to use a Mac, and the best software in the world was MacInTax, filled in the forms on screen, zooming back and forth from the various lines on each form's page. Beautiful. That company was bought and sold many times until finally acquired by Intuit, and works the same as it always did. If you are familiar with tax forms, and like the graphical interface of modern computers...you'll like ProSeries. It rarely leaves me down. That said, there are some situations where LaCerte for now, seems to be better able to handle extremely complex matters. But Intuit is clearly trying to make these two programs more alike than different in that regard. Now for the Lacerte fans.

Sandysea (talk|edits) said:

2 July 2006
I am a Proseries and Lacerte fan :). Lacerte has a much higher learning curve and if you aren't familiar with taxes, then it might be more difficult to use. ProSeries on the other hand is easy even for novices I think. PS doesn't offer all the corporate returns that Lacerte offers so if you have an FSC or a foreign corporation doing business in the US, then ProSeries does not have forms available for those. Side by side, both programs are great and customer service is excellent.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

July 3, 2006
When I was looking for a tax program, I received trial versions of Proseries and Lacerte. I tried to do the same things on each of them, and in my experience, Lacerte was more intuitive. In Proseries I spent about half an hour trying to figure out how to delete W2 information I had "erroneously" entered and could not do it. Lacerte was very easy to follow. I am very happy with the program.

JimS ME (talk|edits) said:

5 July 2006
I've been a Proseries user for 10 years. Last year I considered Lacerte for business returns, but found that Proseries Fixed Assets, which has the majority of my business clients' fixed asset information, does not interface with Lacerte (although both are Intuit products). Additionally, I did not like the Lacerte input screens, although that may be due to the fact that I'm so used to Proseries at this point. Last time I looked, Lacerte was substantially more expensive than Proseries, & it would be hard for me to justify the difference.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

5 July 2006
I've used ProSeries since '93, using DOS at the start, but then I noticed Intuit spent most of its money on Windows so I switched. Now sometimes I wonder if they now do the same with Lacerte: e.g., to enter mortgage interest not deductible for AMT on Lacerte, they had a line on the A worksheet, but with Proseries you must consciously open Form 6251.

Another thing that vexes me about Proseries: PTPs which have a gain on Line 1 and a loss on Line 2 require two K-1 worksheets to avoid an error message, but even when you use two, the program does not recognize they are the same entity and the client will pay tax on the profit without deducting the loss. You can ignore the error message but you cannot efile the return.

But I love the ease of navigation in Proseries: Lacerte would require me to train my data entering helper, who lives 75 miles away. For many returns, using Lacerte would be like using an elephant gun on a house fly.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

5 July 2006
I've used ProSeries since '93, using DOS at the start, but then I noticed Intuit spent most of its money on Windows so I switched. Now sometimes I wonder if they now do the same with Lacerte: e.g., to enter mortgage interest not deductible for AMT on Lacerte, they had a line on the A worksheet, but with Proseries you must consciously open Form 6251.

Another thing that vexes me about Proseries: PTPs which have a gain on Line 1 and a loss on Line 2 require two K-1 worksheets to avoid an error message, but even when you use two, the program does not recognize they are the same entity and the client will pay tax on the profit without deducting the loss. You can ignore the error message but you cannot efile the return.

But I love the ease of navigation in Proseries: Lacerte would require me to train my data entering helper, who lives 75 miles away. For many returns, using Lacerte would be like using an elephant gun on a house fly.

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

5 July 2006
That is vexing D&T...the multiple K1 requirement. I have some that have lines 1-3, and that's 3 K1's!

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