New River Innovation Announces Alliance with Drake Software—Multi-year Partnership Aligns Profession’s Leading Tax Prep and IRS Response Technologies

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New River Innovation (NRI) partners with Drake Software to extend sales channels for NRI's Beyond415 IRS response application into the professional tax and accounting market.

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We are very excited to move forward with the Drake team on a number of initiatives developed to further promote Beyond415 within the accounting profession.

New River Innovation announced today a powerful new alliance with Drake Software, one of the profession’s leading tax preparation solution vendors. The multi-year partnership provides New River Innovation with an established channel for introducing Beyond415 to the tax and accounting market. Beyond415 is the profession’s premier solution for handling everything after tax filing, such as IRS notices, issues, audits, and client management.

“We identified Drake as a partner based on the company’s sound reputation as a customer service leader and provider of one of the profession’s top tax preparation solutions,” said Jim Buttonow, CPA, IRS practice and procedure expert, and cofounder of New River Innovation.
“We are very excited to move forward with the Drake team on a number of initiatives developed to further promote Beyond415 within the accounting profession.”

Executives at both companies will be co-hosting a CPE-based series of educational webinars on IRS practice and procedure beginning August 2011. Marketing campaigns promoting the alliance have already been launched.

John Sapp, Vice President of Strategic Development at Drake stated, “Resolving problems with the IRS can be challenging and time-consuming for tax professionals. Beyond415 is a unique tool that focuses, streamlines, and organizes communications with the IRS, allowing Drake customers the ability to better serve their clients.

“Working with Drake, we see great opportunity to provide practitioners with needed education on IRS compliance issues, as well as an opportunity to guide firms on integrating leading technologies like Drake and Beyond415 to accelerate operational efficiencies and better serve clients,” said Buttonow.

The Drake-New River Innovation partnership was officially launched in July 2011. Find out more about Beyond415 at

About Beyond415
Beyond415 automates post-filing practice and procedure and was developed specifically for tax and accounting professionals. The system helps firms increase efficiency, save time, and better serve clients by providing expert guidance for analyzing a client’s situation, options for client IRS account research, and tools for solution evaluation and comparison. Practitioners can select and customize their response to an IRS issue. Beyond415 pre-populates the necessary documents, including IRS forms, customized cover letters, worksheets, cover sheets, and document request forms—all in the IRS’ accepted format. In its first year of release, Beyond415 was honored with a Technology Innovation Award from CPA Practice Advisor.

About New River Innovation
New River Innovation, based in Greensboro, NC, provides tax and accounting professionals with innovative IRS-support technology. The company’s flagship product, Beyond415, features workflow technology for post-filing IRS issues and notices. For more information about the company, visit

About Drake Software
For 34 years, Drake Software has been committed to providing tax professionals the tools they need to build their businesses and attract new clients. Drake maintains a steady focus on value, consistent excellence in federal and state programming, and free electronic filing. In addition to tax preparation software, Drake offers real-time web reporting, preparer websites, free online tax research, free bank product software, and free state software for all states.


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