I left a larger practice that was using Lacerte and paying $20K plus for the whole package. I called Lacerte becasue I wanted their software, but not at that price as a sole practitioner. They offered me a total package unlocked every state (except 990's 706's, 709's) for $5,999.00 guaranteed for 5 years. Sandy, give Lacerte a call and tell them you want the $6K, 5 year deal as a new customer.
If they try to raise me beyond that level adjusted for inflation after the 5 year period, I'll set up a new corporation under a different name and get the 5 year "intro" pricing again. Otherwise I'll shop and hope that Drake or other more reasonably priced software companies have raised their game by 2018.
Frankly it's absurd that they are charging long time customers their top price while giving new firms a 5 year low price deal. My old firm was constantly telling them that their "loyalty" discounts are non-existent.
My office is right next door to my old firm that is paying 4 times what I pay to Lacerte. If they can make money selling their software at $5,999 for FIVE years guaranteed, they should lower their overall pricing.