Increased use of e-filing, delays in software releases and confusion over a number of new tax law changes are chief among preparer concerns as this year's filing season rapidly draws to a close."Filing started off slowly, but it seems to be picking up," said New York-based CPA Mark Albaum. "The corporate returns are easier to control because you're in greater contact with them during the year. With individual returns, you have less control. The real estate market seems to have peaked - when people are buying real estate, they tend to have their taxes done sooner."

H&R Block also reported a slower-than-usual start to the filing season. "As we head into our busiest quarter of the year, we've seen an industry-wide slower start to the tax filing season than in previous years," said chairman and chief executive Mark A. Ernst.

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