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For 37 years, Drake Software has provided tax professionals the tools they need to build their businesses and attract new clients. A steady focus on value, consistent excellence in federal and state programming, and free electronic filing makes Drake a smart choice for professional tax software.

Located in scenic Franklin, NC, Drake Software is a rapidly growing company committed to providing quality employment opportunities, participating in community development, and advancing technologically through research and development.

Quick Facts

Headquarters –

Franklin, NC

Business Started –


Employees –


TY 2012 Customers –

More than 42,000

TY 2012 E-File Statistics –

Over 22 million federal and state accepted returns

Federal e-File –

Available since 1986. Internet e-file available since 1998.

State e-File –

Available since 1993


The Drake family has influenced the business community in Franklin since 1954, when Clyde Drake, father of the current owner, Phil Drake, opened what would soon become a successful tax preparation business. The younger Drake started developing tax preparation software in the 1970s. In 1977, he stopped preparing returns and shifted his focus to tax software.

In 1986, when the IRS implemented electronic filing of individual and business returns, Phil adopted the new technology, transmitting some of the first e-filed returns in North Carolina. In 2004, Drake Software won the IRS Modernized e-file Pioneer Award for its initiative in electronically filing tax returns.

Drake Software Today

Today, more than 47,000 tax professionals nationwide use Drake Software. Each year, Drake Software processes more than 21 million federal- and state-accepted returns.