W2 Mate 2014

W2 Mate 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 35 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.0.41
  • Total Downloads:
    36,082
  • Date Added:
    November 26, 2014
  • File Size:
    17.56MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    18
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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No one likes tax time -- not even paid tax preparers. They view tax season the way retailers view the holiday season; something to survive in order to thrive. Yet it's even worse for employers, who must not only do their own taxes but also prepare W-2s for each and every employee. Real Business Solutions has a solution for real businesses: W2 Mate 2012. Simply put, it can import, prepare, and file W-2, W-3, 1099, 1098, and related tax forms. Better yet, it saves you money by laser-printing your own government-approved substitute forms on blank paper. It prints individual mailing labels for W-2 and 1099 recipients, too. W2 Mate imports tax data from financial tools like QuickBooks, creates PDF-based forms, supports e-filing, rolls over data, and exports data to Excel. Recent updates include support for changes in 2012 filing and compatibility with Windows 8. W2 Mate 2012 is free to try for 30 days with a watermark on output.

W2 Mate's interface is attractive as tax tools go, borrowing stylistic elements from Web browsers and MS Office for a clean, up-to-date look anchored by a Shortcuts sidebar linking to forms, company data, employees, and more. Crisply rendered forms give a high-quality look and feel, too, an impression reinforced by the copious assistance W2 Mate offers. For instance, clicking the IRS & SSA Instructions menu on the toolbar showed instructions, contacts, Web links, and more, while the Tools menu let us roll over data, update employee data, back up and restore company data, configure options, and enable optional features. We started by entering company data, though we could also import (and export) data to and from a variety of programs. We didn't have any government-supplied forms on hand, but forms printed on plain paper with our basic black-and-white laser printer looked like they'd been printed professionally.

We've seen plenty of tax and business software, and W2 Mate 2012 stands out, even among the best. It produces top-quality forms with explanations, notes, and instructions when they're needed. The comprehensive software costs only $39, a bargain compared to CPA rates.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of W2 Mate 2012 9.0.35.

 
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2 stars

"Doesn't give you all the information"

February 12, 2014  |  By RJLZip

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2013 10.0.66

Pros

Easy to enter basic information, somewhat easy to connect with Quickbooks.

Cons

After all that they spring it on you that you have to pay MORE money to get the forms. Almost like Bait and Switch. Next year I'm going with someone else. Have requested a refund due to incomplete/misleading information provided.

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5 stars

"Very easy to install and use."

February 10, 2012  |  By bsdco1

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2011 8.0.46

Pros

Installation was a breeze.
Adding new companies was simple.
Adding W2 and 1099 information was quick.
Printing was no problem.
Forms look very professional.

Cons

Instead of checking the box that certain recipients were excluded from the job, I just deleted them, which was easy to do.

Summary

It was a less stressed January that I have had in 8 years of doing the forms. All of us here at the office is very happy with the product.

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1 stars

"Terrible description of product on website"

January 29, 2012  |  By christyblackwell

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2011 8.0.46

Pros

Easy to download

Cons

I bought it to quickly generate my 1098 forms and quickly found out that I have to have an add on product, which I can't purchase now that I've already bought the original download. I am very unhappy and have requested a refund.

Summary



Updated on Feb 1, 2012

The company PROMPTLY responded to my email and refunded my money. Nice job. Thanks!

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5 stars

"Love this program"

January 25, 2012  |  By BHan60

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2011 8.0.46

Pros

I live in a very rural area and the process of getting the software as a download worked well.

Used to create 1099 patronage forms for 2011.

Cons

Backup restore works for one company at a time

Summary

Easy to use, good results.

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1 stars

"misleading advertising"

January 16, 2012  |  By JWBonanno

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2011 8.0.42

Pros

performs admirably in doing W-2s & W-3s

Cons

This piece of software, while has the ability to print on plain paper using a laser, cannot print 1099s (copy a and/or transmittal forms)

No disclaimer, overt misleading the consumer that this software can perform this function.

Summary

if you have 1099s to, this publisher admits that the IRS prohibits any thing other than using the pre-printed red line forms. It is only after you get into their program that you find out that this is true.

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5 stars

"Great product and great service"

November 10, 2011  |  By PaulDCPA1962

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2010 7.0.35

Pros

Amazingly easy. Was on Google, searched for print 1099 software, came across this page, downloaded the software and printed my first form in 10 minutes.

Cons

The software on download.com was not the most up to date version.

Summary

Used to do some old 1099s for one of my customers. I will order for this tax season too.

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1 stars

"Garbage Product & Even Worse Service"

June 20, 2011  |  By lennyzack

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2010 7.0.30

Pros

At least they responded telling me to go take a hike when asking for a refund

Cons

Will take money 24/7 but no service or return call in a reasonable time. Confusing product description. Business ethics that make Bernie Madoff look good. Run as fast as you can from any product these people offer. You'll be glad.

Summary

Bought this to get a single time sensitive filing done. Turns out you've got to spend more than $40 if you actually want to print it out.

$65 to print out one form, no thanks. So, I called the "service" line and got voicemail. No return call.

Sent an email saying the product didn't help me and was unused (how can I use it if the forms aren't printable??) and I'd like a refund.

Well, they did respond by email and said that I could have the $25 option free as a package deal. A little late as I ultimately found a free pdf program that would do just what was needed.

Their response? Show us what you bought and paid for and we'll contemplate considering maybe giving you a refund.

Really, that's how you treat customers? Did a PayPal 'not as described' and they fought that one too & I couldn't send info back in time to prove they didn't provide what was offered in a reasonable or useful fashion.

Never had to do anything like this before in my life. Vendors usually value good relations and their reputations more than a lousy $40 they didn't earn. But these guys are different.

If they can sleep well at night then bless them. I hope my twin boys never grow up to behave like this. Even at 8 they know how to act better. Shame on them.

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1 stars

"CRAPPY DO NOT BUY"

April 16, 2011  |  By incomedocument

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2010 7.0.30

Pros

NONE WHAT SO EVER

Cons

at least it is free and i didnt waste 1 dollar on this product

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4 stars

"good product"

January 26, 2011  |  By tinatinam109612

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2010 7.0.30

Pros

does both w2 and 1099

Cons

backs up company data one at a time, can't backup all companies at once

Summary

good product, with some tweaks can become a great product

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2 stars

"So so software; nickle & dime charges for every feature"

January 22, 2011  |  By jjstephens

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2010 7.0.25

Pros

Creates the forms it says it does

Cons

Want to print a plain paper copy? $25 extra. Want a PDF? Another $25. Oh, you also wanted to do 1099s? $25. Have to exit and restart for each new payer. Have to restart the process for each new EE (i.e., no 'save and go to next employee' feature).

Summary

Big time disappointment. IMO the software (with all the options) might be worth the base price but the ticky-tack added fees for each option is just ridiculous. I'm chalking up the $39 I spent to do one client as the price of a lesson learned and moving on to finding something else.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.0.41
  • W2 , 1099, 1098 and 1098-T forms updated for 2014 tax year.
  • State 1099 electronic filing.
General
Publisher Real Business Solutions
Publisher web site http://www.realtaxtools.com/
Release Date November 03, 2014
Date Added November 26, 2014
Version 11.0.41
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Tax Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 8, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 17.56MB
File Name 2014-W2Mate-Trial.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 36,082
Downloads Last Week 18
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Watermark on output
Price $39

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