Despite arguably making lives easier, tax software is not used by a majority of small businesses. That’s according to a new report by Office Depot (NASDAQ:ODP), the office supply retailing company.
The company’s latest Small Business Index survey (PDF) reveals 70 percent of small business owners did not use tax software when they filed their taxes in 2016.
What’s more, 24 percent of large small businesses (those with 50-99 employees) still use paper forms compared to the 20 percent that use tax software.
Many business owners, however, are planning to use more technology when they file taxes in 2017, the report says.
About 21 percent of small business owners are looking to use more technology and use less paper this year. Moreover, 61 percent are planning to make changes in how they filed their taxes.
It’s worth noting that many business owners still wait until the last minute before they file their taxes. Specifically, 11 percent of business owners said they waited to file their taxes on Tax Day or asked for an extension.
Software Tools Can Make Tax Filing Easier
Software tools for tax filing can save time, resources and eliminate the risks of calculation errors.
“Tax software can provide SMB owners with the flexibility to file their taxes at their own pace,” Christine Nessen, senior director of contract marketing for Office Depot said in a release announcing the survey.
Time saved on filing taxes can be better spent on other business tasks.
Florida-based Office Depot interviewed 1,500 small businesses online for the survey.