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11669: Pay Per Return Package Pricing and Details

Pay Per Return

What is the Drake Tax Pay Per Return product? 


If you prepare a small number of returns, the Pay Per Return (PPR) version of Drake Tax might be right for you. Details regarding pricing can be found on the support website pricing page. 

  • PPR returns that you have purchased are redeemed as you create new returns in Drake.
  • An internet connection is necessary to purchase or redeem PPR returns.
  • The PPR package is available as Download Only (no CD service is available). 
  • The follow processes require you to redeem a return:
    • updating a return from the prior year
      • When opening a return updated from the prior year, you are prompted to either redeem the return or open the return in read-only mode. The data entry fields are not activated in read-only mode.
    • starting a new return
    • using the Quick Estimator
    • changing the SSN or EIN of an existing return
      • The SSN or EIN of a return can be changed under Tools > File Maintenance > Change ID Number on Return, but it requires the redemption of another return.
  • To reduce the chances of a return being created in error, you must validate SSNs or EINs when creating new returns.
  • Redeemed returns can be transferred to a different computer without using another redemption.
  • Practice returns are supplied with the PPR package, but you cannot create new test returns without redeeming a return. See Related Links below.

A PPR user can purchase:

  • Additional PPR returns. 
  • Drake Accounting - choose from: 
    • Professional Edition (accounting and payroll)
    • Forms Edition (forms only, included in the Professional Edition)
  • TheTaxBook WebLibrary Plus Research Tool 

Upgrading from PPR to the full package.

You can upgrade your PPR package to the full package at any time. For more details, contact the accounting department at (828) 349-5900.

  • Upgrading from PPR to the full package provides you with all the benefits of the full package:
    • Your Referrer Affiliate status upgrades to Partner Affiliate status.
  • During the filing season, when you have unlocked unlimited, your software can be automatically upgraded and converted to the unlimited Drake package simply by opening the Pay Per Return window. From the Home window, go to Setup > Pay Per Return.

Internet access is required for the use and activation of the PPR version of Drake Tax and the purchase of additional returns. As with the full package, internet access is also required to keep the software updated.

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