In the past when my taxes were a little less complicated, online tax filing was my favorite method to get things done as it was quick and cheaper than getting an accountant. The two online programs that I used most often was ufile and QuickTax.
Both programs are fairly comprehensive with the biggest difference being that QuickTax offers phone support (long distance charges apply) for their paid products. They both offer free NETFILE if your income is less than $20k along with free use of their program before submission/NETFILE.
Basically, you can use the QuickTax online software to fill out all of your tax information and check out your tax return amount before paying anything to QuickTax. You’ll have to pay to file however.
I did a quick run through their free trial, and their system seems very comprehensive and helpful. They start off with an evaluation of your financial tax situation then all the corresponding forms are populated and filled in a step by step manner. Every step is explained clearly and if you have any questions, there’s a help box on the right column as you go through. What really appeals to me is the “refund” box on the upper left hand corner that adjusts as you enter more/less deductions. It’s almost like a game. :)
QuickTax also offers different online packages depending on your tax complexity. As with anything, the more complex your return, the more expensive it gets. Here are they are below (click on image for larger view):
Free for those with very simple tax situations – who qualify:
- Have a T4 or a T4A
- Don’t have RRSPs, charitable donations or medical expenses (that is, you only receive standard federal & provincial deductions)
- Don’t have investment income
- Don’t have self-employment income
- Have other income, like pension or money from tips
Free for college & university students who qualify:
- You paid tuition in 2008 (and have a T2202A or its equivalent)
- Your household income (for you & your spouse) is $20,000 or less
Ideal for Canadians who want to maximize deductions! Includes tools to manage T4s, RRSPs, family & dependent tax credits – and more
The ideal solution for Canadians with more complex tax needs, including guidance for investments & rental income.
Business Unincorporated: $39.99
Ideal for contract workers, sole proprietors and home businesses
What’s neat about these online tax filing programs is that you can try them for free and only pay if you file. If you haven’t tried these tax programs before, you can give QuickTax a spin here.
As tax season is already in full rush, QuickTax sent me an email promoting their products. As I enjoy giving away products here on MDJ, I asked if they would be willing to giveaway a few copies to my readers. I didn’t have any expectations, but they came back with a very generous offer.
We are giving away 3 QuickTax Online Submissions! Not only are we offering 3 submissions, the winners will have the choice between standard, platinum or business unincorporated! Great huh?
- Answer this question in the comments: How do you file your taxes every year? Online? With an accountant? Paper?
- Please only 1 comment entry / person (please enter a valid email address).
- All entries will be put into an electronic hat and 3 winners will be randomly chosen.
- This offer is for QuickTax Canada only.
- Contest will end Friday 5pm EST Feb 20, 2009 and the winner announced shortly afterward!