Q: What brand is the software? A: We can't say the name of the software on this website, as the corporation we have an agreement with has told us not to, but if you call us or email us, we'd be more than happy to tell you. Let's just say it's one of the bigger firms, and the software is the full featured cloud-based online software they sell on their website for thousands of dollars. This demo (external link) should give you an idea of the software we offer.
Q: Are you fully authorized to resell this software? A: Absolutely. We have a licensing contract with the software company, and we are fully authorized to distribute and support this software. Gannon takes great pride in providing an unparalleled level of customer service and support - If you have any problems with the software, Gannon will be here to support you, but rest assured we also maintain constant contact with the corporate office, and in the rare event they need to become involved, they can remote-in and help.
Q: How are you able to offer this brand-name software for free? This software normally costs thousands of dollars. A: We are able to offer free online software by being an industry-leading tax service bureau with a large distribution network, enabling reduced-cost re-seller pricing.
Q: Is it really free software? I've been charged before for "free" things. A: If you enroll prior to 7/31/18, we will never ask you for your credit card number or any other form of payment. This offer truly is risk-free.
Q: Tell me more about the free bank products. A: We offer free Bank Products from one of the biggest names in the industry - Santa Barbara Tax Products Group (TPG). To get these, you must tell your Gannon sales representative that you would like to be enrolled in the "Gannon Advantage Free Bank Product Program". If you request to be enrolled with a different bank/different program, the bank will charge you their own fees.
The "Gannon Advantage Free Bank Product Program" entitles you and your clients to free free prepaid debit card bank products with TPG, and check & direct deposit bank products are just a small fee of $25 (deducted from the client's return). State return bank products are also absolutely free - there is no additional charge to add a state bank product, regardless of bank product type (direct deposit, debit card, or check) when you fund a federal bank product at the same time. All federal funded bank products incur the $44 service bureau fee, but issuing a prepaid debit card bank product does not cost anything extra - there are absolutely no bank fees for this. Printing federal check bank products or issuing direct deposit bank products are not free - these cost $25 (plus the $44 service bureau fee - for a total of $69). Federal funded prepaid debit card bank products are just a low $44, with no additional fees.
Aside from the $44 service bureau fee, there are no other fees we charge when enrolled in the "Gannon Advantage Free Bank Product Program":
NO e-file fees
NO transmission fees
NO technology fees
NO junk fees
*Please note, the free bank product offer ends 7/31/18. Be sure to enroll prior to 7/31/18 to lock-in free bank products for your clients. *Free Bank Product offer with no junk fees applies to the "Gannon Advantage Free Bank Product Program with TPG" only, other programs do not qualify.
Q: More about this service bureau fee. How does this work? A: Most professional tax software suites already include a line-item fee associated with the tax preparation software they sell, called the service bureau fee. This fee gets deducted directly from the taxpayer's refund. This fee already may have been pre-bundled with the name-brand professional tax preparation software suites you've always purchased, you just may not have known your clients were even paying it.
Typically, in addition to the service bureau fee, other software companies also charge thousands of dollars up-front for the software, and may also add a bunch of junk fees that you or your clients end up paying. Gannon Service Bureau is different - with the "Gannon Advantage" program, we only charge a nominal service bureau fee your clients likely already paid last year, and as mentioned above, there are absolutely no junk fees. Our service bureau fee is structured to be deducted directly from the client's tax refund - so there's no out of pocket expense to your firm. *Free Bank Product offer with no junk fees applies to the "Gannon Advantage Free Bank Product Program with TPG" only, other programs do not qualify.
Q: How's your customer service? A: In addition to offering industry leading professional tax preparation software and free bank products, we're there when you need us with superior technical support and world-class end-user training. We're available anytime during our extended hours to answer your questions, fix any problems you're having, and provide training & support. We deliver the best customer service and support in the industry. Take a look at our Testimonials page and our $1,000 Guarantee.
Q: Your $1,000 Guarantee is crazy! How do you do that? A: We truly do deliver the best customer service and support in the industry, so we're willing to make this guarantee and stand behind it. We believe you will receive the best customer service and support that you've ever gotten from your tax software company, but if you don't, just let us know and we'll pay you $1,000. This is our guarantee to you.
Q: I’ve never used this software before, where can I find tutorials, guides, and training? A: Free software doesn't mean a whole lot if you don't know how to use it - we ensure each and every client is fully trained and comfortable with the software. We provide live, online, instructor-led training sessions in order to show you how to create a return, setup users, set your default template, set your prices, and submit a return. Additionally, we provide user guides, quick reference guides, tips-and-tricks, and other helpful documents for you and your office. We also have a members-only training site you can access anytime for online training videos, cheat-sheets, and resource information. We usually schedule live, online training with you upon providing the software logins, but you can call us anytime to schedule a live training session - these typically take 1 to 2 hours.
If you're interested in the free bank products outlined above, be sure to request the "Gannon Advantage Free Bank Product Program" with your Gannon Sales Representative - this is a special offering with Santa Barbara TPG only.
*Please note, the free bank product offer ends 7/31/18. Be sure to enroll prior to 7/31/18 to lock-in free bank products for your clients.
Q: What's the process for registering with the bank? A: Gannon will submit your initial application to the bank (this consists of us submitting your EFIN number through the back-end of the software, and sending them a copy of your EFIN letter that you've provided to us).
Once they tell us you're approved, we'll let you know you can proceed, and you will then complete your registration on the bank's website, create an online account, and setup your personal bank account with them. Closer to tax season, the bank will provide your check stock and marketing materials.
Q: How do I get started? A: Give us a call at 855-GANNON-1 (855-426-6661), or send us an email.