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W2 Mate 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 40 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.0.48
  • Total Downloads:
    38,327
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 12, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (Watermark on output); $39.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    17.56MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #17 in Tax Software

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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"LIFE SAVOR"

March 28, 2015  |  By carlozg

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2014 11.0.48

Pros

Importing from QuickBooks was flawless, let me admit I was late to make my forms went online over the weekend spent $69.00, imported data and was done in less than one hour, you guys are awesome

Cons

Off course nothing is perfect, Ummm don't know

Summary

Impressed

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5 stars

"Instant acess and EZ to use"

March 23, 2015  |  By Taxprogal

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2014 11.0.48

Pros

Download was emailed right after I placed the order, EZ to navigate and prepare my 1099 Misc forms

Cons

Can't think of any

Summary

EZ to use and, Priced right with ability to add more options as needed and only pay for options needed

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2 stars

"Bait and Switch"

February 17, 2015  |  By skovjim

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2014 11.0.48

Pros

Features work

Cons

Pay once to get the program Pay Again to import W-2's from Quick Books, the Pay Again to Print w-2, Pay again to Electronically File, Pay Again to email W-2s, Then Pay again

Summary

I hate bait and switch marketing.

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1 stars

"VERY slow providing activation codes..."

February 05, 2015  |  By waltmal

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2014 11.0.48

Pros

The software, for the most part, does what it's supposed to - once you purchase all the necessary add-ons.

Cons

READ carefully what is included and what is not. Most of the useful features are NOT included in the base software. They 'nickel and dime' you for every feature. When you buy a feature, you'd expect an email with the activation codes within a reasonable time...maybe a couple of hours...?. After waiting several DAYS I finally had to contact customer service and ask for my activation codes.

Summary

After purchasing all the add-ons, the software does work. Start your processing early and allow plenty of time to generate the tax forms because there's no telling how long it'll be from the time you purchase the software to when you finally get to use it.

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1 stars

"Cannot E-file Amendments"

February 04, 2015  |  By VACPA

 |  Version: W2 Mate 2014 11.0.48

Pros

Unlimited use and relatively user friendly interface

Cons

Overpriced given odd functionality limitations
Horribly rude customer service

Summary

For some reason this product does not allow users to create FIRE compatible files for replacement or corrected 1099s. Absurdly, when asked about this on their site the company cites IRS guidance that says you CAN file paper corrections even if you filed electronically.

I do everything electronically for ease of tracking, to save time, and to avoid sending a bunch of mail certified to the IRS. I will not be buying this product again if this is not corrected.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.0.48
  • 2014 W2 Electronic Filing with the Social Security Administration and State Departments of Revenue
  • 2014 1099 Electronic Filing with the IRS FIRE System and State Departments of Revenue
General
Publisher Real Business Solutions
Publisher web site http://www.realtaxtools.com/
Release Date January 01, 2015
Date Added January 12, 2015
Version 11.0.48
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Tax Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 17.56MB
File Name 2014-W2Mate-Trial-1.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 38,327
Downloads Last Week 11
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Watermark on output
Price $39

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