Tax time: As incomes, households and computer use rise, demand will increase

Operators that provide tax services typically generate a steady flow of revenue due to the necessary nature of filing taxes. However, a growing share of consumers and businesses are opting to file their taxes through software as they become attracted by online offerings. This has accelerated industry demand over the past five years, and enabled the industry to outpace growth for other tax-filing services. The industry is expected to continue its upward trend, as revenue is set to rise over the five years to 2016. Revenue for the Tax Preparation Software Developers industry will continue to rise over the five years to 2021, albeit at a slower rate, as price-based competition limits gains...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$4bn
Annual Growth 11-16
10.7%
Forecast Growth 16-21
Profit
Employment
8,584
Businesses
207
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • A growing share of consumers and businesses are opting to file their taxes through software, accelerating demand
  • Brand recognition is a key success factor for operators in this industry
  • The industry will benefit from increased adoption of online services and rising employment levels
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Tax Preparation Software Developers industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle. Over the 10 years to 2021, industry value added (IVA), which measures the industry's contribution to the overall economy, is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 7.9%. Industry IVA will outpace annualized GDP growth of 2.1% over the same period.Companies in the industry are innovating new ways of delivering their products to consumers (e.g. over a web browser, through a software-as-a-service model or through professional tax preparation firms). Although few innovations are occurring for the actual software product, the availability of online software has seen large growth in the use of software for filing tax returns...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Tax Preparation Software Developers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Tax Preparation Software Developers Industry are

  • Having brand name recognition
  • Providing customer support features
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of households and Percentage of services conducted online in the Tax Preparation Software Developers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Tax Preparation Software Developers Industry?

    This industry provides software, usually hosted online, that enables individuals to file federal and state tax returns. The software is designed to guide users through their tax returns step-by-step. Additionally, operators in the industry provide software for small businesses. This industry excludes tax preparation software used by professional accountants.

    Industry Products
  • Online tax software
  • Desktop software
  • Free file alliance
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing federal income tax preparation software
  • Providing state income tax preparation software
  • Providing small business tax preparation software
  • Providing professional tax preparation software
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of households
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Poverty rate
  • Number of businesses
  • Time spent on leisure and sports

  • Current Performance
  • Tax goes online
  • Industry structure
  • Banking on business
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Pressure on profit
  • Demographic trends
  • Continuing shift in business models
  • Table: Tax Preparation Software Developers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Tax Preparation Software Developers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Retail Trade
  • Law Firms
  • Tax Preparation Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Online tax software
  • Desktop software
  • Free file alliance
  • Chart: Tax Preparation Software Developers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 65+
  • Consumers aged 55-64
  • Consumers aged 35-44
  • Consumers aged 45-54
  • Consumers aged 25-34
  • Consumers aged 18-24
  • Businesses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Tax Preparation Software Developers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases and labor
  • Depreciation and other expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Tax Preparation Software Developers

  • Basis of Competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Tax Preparation Software Developers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Intuit Inc., H&R Block Inc.,
  • Table: Intuit Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: H&R Block Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Tax Preparation Software Developers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Tax Preparation Software Developers Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Percentage of services conducted online (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    E-Filing
  • Sending a federal or state income tax return from tax software via the internet to federal or state tax authorities.
  • Free File Alliance
  • A private-public alliance between tax preparation software firms and the IRS. Firms provide free federal tax return services to consumers who make less than $57,000 a year.
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • The department of the federal government responsible for collecting federal taxes.
  • Tax Deduction
  • A tax benefit offered by the IRS or a state tax authority that reduces the amount of income on which tax liability is calculated.
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