Drake Supports Tax Preparers in Spanish
This article is available en Español
While the English language is the most common spoken at home in the United States (by roughly 85 percent of households, according to the most recent census data), there are six other languages spoken in this country by more than 1 million people each. Of these, the one most often spoken as an alternative primary language is Spanish (roughly 11 percent of the population).
“The size of the market for Spanish language tax preparation is significant enough to warrant special attention,” says Fernando Alvarado, education specialist and translator for Drake. “We began five years ago to offer some of our support resources in Spanish, including a growing list of webinars, software tutorials, and the company’s most popular classroom training sessions for tax preparers.”
Today, Spanish language training sessions are offered for Drake 101, which explores setup, navigation, data entry and electronic filing for the beginner; and Drake Extras, which provides additional training in reporting, client communication, and file organization and management.
The first of these was held in Dallas, TX, in June. Oscar López, a tax preparer who attended that session says:
“This was my first year attending Drake’s classroom training and I prefer them. Last year I attended another company’s trainingbut I think Drake is easier and more practical.”
Cristóbal Ortega, a Drake customer for the past two years, agrees.
“It´s a very easy system, very understandable and very practical,” he says. “When we call for support, their time of response is very effective, especially in tax season. The instructors are very good, they have been very responsive to my questions. This is a very easy system to learn, and easy to work with.”
Future classes will be taught in Spanish on August 20 – 21 in San Diego, CA, and again on October 9-10 in Franklin, NC. Cost of each course is $139, but those who register before midnight EDT 30 days prior to the date of the class receive a 10 percent discount. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, but it is not required. The courses are from 8 am to 4 pm (registration begins at 7:30) and provides up to 14 hours of CPE credit. To register, log in to support.drakesoftware.com , click Training Tools > Classroom Training, and select the course you would like to attend.
Emilio Pubil, who has used Drake software for four years, finds it an excellent program that he recommends.
“It´s easy, complete, and if you use it, you will be very satisfied -- as I am,” he says. “The results are excellent, and the technical support is fabulous. During tax season, believe me, their help is amazing in a record time. I recommend Drake Software, because it´s really complete and its technology is fantastic.”
Copies of testimonials from the Dallas Classes can be found at http://vimeo.com/drakesoftwareeducation. Further information on these sessions can be found at the Drake Support web site at support.drakesoftware.com.