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Understanding Lacerte Fast Path

SOLVEDby Intuit45Updated June 29, 2023

The Fast Path represents the services component of your Lacerte program and is required as part of your software license. These services include individual network access1, year round e-file, download from financial institutions, U.S. based technical & product support, and access to software downloads, training content, and data conversion services.

Fast Path is automatically included as part of your Lacerte software annual renewal. If you don't renew, the Lacerte program will continue to work on your desktop, just as it has in the past. However, the Fast Path services listed below will no longer be available.

Fast Path services include:

  • E-file for current year returns, late returns, and amended returns
  • Pay-per-return (REP) access for current and prior tax years
  • Live, U.S. based technical & product support
  • Concurrent network access by multiple users
  • Downloads for all tax software programs from My Account
  • Access to training content
  • Access to Lacerte E-Organizer
  • Federal interest rate updates
  • Electronic signatures for Benefit Plan returns (5500)
  • Transaction downloads from financial institutions (such as banks and payroll processors)
  • Data conversion services
  • Intuit Link
  • Access to Intuit eSignature (envelopes purchased separately)

When is my Fast Path active?

The Fast Path service period is the calendar year. For example, the Fast Path included in your Lacerte Tax 2022 purchase will give you access to these services from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023. If you renew Lacerte by December 31 each year, you won't experience any interruption of services.

If you don't renew, you'll still be able to use your program to prepare and file paper returns for any unlimited modules purchased that have already been authorized. Any new returns will require a current-year Fast Path.

Do I have to purchase a Fast Path?

Yes. A Fast Path is required for each software license, and will automatically be included in your Lacerte purchase or renewal.

Network users should purchase additional Fast Path seats to allow concurrent program access for multiple users.

Why did Lacerte separate Fast Path services from the program?

Before 2014, we delivered the tax year program that was used to e-file returns from January to October, at which time we stopped supporting that year's program.

With the introduction of multi-year e-filing, our prior year programs could be used to e-file for up to three years, and required year-round support. The Fast Path was introduced to bundle several items that may have been billed separately in prior years and had varying service periods, like the REP License, Network License, or e-file fees.

Related topics:

How to renew Lacerte for next year

1 Licensed per user

Fast Path Agent Verbiage:

"Fast Path is a term we use for services that have always been included in your renewal such as efile. These services have always been part of your order. We just made it visible on your renewal quote starting in Tax Year 2014. The services and support are the same.  In fact, e-file has been improved, allowing efile year round and multi-year efile."

Renewing ProSeries Unlimited Customers can receive the Lacerte Fast Path license for TY18 with no additional charge. Add a promo to drive pricing. New customers should pay the regular price for the Lacerte Fast Path license.

This is not a proactive offer.

Unlimited ProSeries product list:

  • Power Tax Library
  • Power Tax Lite
  • 1040 Complete
  • Basic Unlimited + 4 States
  • Basic + Business

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