The company's revenue for the segment, which includes its Lacerte and ProSeries business, was up 8.8 percent over the year third quarter. However, revenue for the year-to-date, which reflects the full tax season, was on a slower pace, although revenue growth, as usual, outpaced the change in the number of users. Revenue for the nine months was $273.3 million, a 4.6-percent increase from $261 million in last year's corresponding period.
Certainly, the results appear to show the reason that Intuit rewarded Jill Ward, the SVP who heads Accounting Professionals Division, in this week's major corporate reorganization. She not only kept her job, but was given global responsibilities. Intuit did not spell those out but noted that its professional tax customers in North America "use and recommend Intuit small business offerings all around the world."
Intuit has been using its own tax professionals to give TurboTax users advice during the last two tax seasons. Smith expressed disappointment with the results. "It works well for those who used it," Smith. But he added that, "But it has not done the job in terms of helping us accelerate the shift out of tax stores and into software." He said the company had "levers" it could use to change the mix of services next year.