We’ve launched our pre-tax season checklist series to help you prepare early and feel ready when clients start arriving this tax season. Additional articles in this series include Computer Networking and Resources, Tax Software Setup, and IRS, State and Bank Requirements.
This section of the list takes a deep dive into getting set up with tax refund settlement banks and offering other products to your clients. Here’s a list of to-do items you’ll want to take care of ahead of tax season:
- Review compatible bank products
- Fill out and submit bank product applications in Account Hub
- Set up bank products within your TaxSlayer Pro software
- Review ancillary products and decide what’s best for your clients
- Opt in to offer ancillary products in Account Hub
Review compatible bank products
Your TaxSlayer Pro software is compatible with multiple refund settlement banks, so you can choose what bank products are the best fit for your business and clients. In addition to refund settlements, which allow clients to pay you directly from your refund, most banks also offer refund advances. You can review each bank’s website to learn more about each bank and what they offer before you make your choice.
Fill out and submit bank product applications in Account Hub
Once you decide which bank products are right for you and your clients, you can complete the bank application directly from your TaxSlayer Pro account in Account Hub.
Click the Bank Product Info Tab in Account Hub, and fill in all required information, which will be transmitted to the bank for verification.
The application process varies with each bank, so you may need to contact the bank directly if you have any specific questions. After your application has been accepted, you’ll receive bank supplies directly from the bank.
Set up bank products within your TaxSlayer Pro software
In order to offer bank products to your clients, you’ll need to configure your TaxSlayer Pro software to do so. Once TaxSlayer receives verification of your enrollment from the bank, you will have the ability to configure your software to offer bank products. From the main menu of TaxSlayer Pro select:
- Electronic Filing / Bank Setup
- Bank Setup Menu
- Bank Used for Bank Products (Select your bank from this menu)
Once you’ve completed this step, you’re ready to offer bank products to your clients!
Other Ancillary Products
Review ancillary products and decide what’s best for your clients
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Opt in to offer ancillary products in Account Hub
To start offering these products to your customers, you can opt in while completing your bank product application (see above steps). If you plan to charge an additional amount for ancillary products and/or order marketing materials for the products, you can do so in the “Ancillary Products” section of your bank application. Note: You can also sign up for ancillary products later, after you’ve completed your bank application.
Taking care of these steps now means you’ll be ready to offer bank and ancillary products to your clients as soon as tax season begins!
The information in this article is up to date for tax year 2021 (taxes filed in 2022).