February 22, 2009
I’ve always thought that the Government of Canada should provide taxpayers with free personal tax preparation software. This incentive may help many people prepare their own returns without having to buy software for this mandated activity. Yes, I’m aware that paper preparation is always an option (and I suggest that people use paper preparation to at least understand the tax system) – but come on, this is the 21st century right?
Unfortunately the government has not done this, but I’ve recently found out about StudioTax. StudioTax offers their software free of charge for personal tax preparation. They are certified for NETFILE by the Canada Revenue Agency. In return for using their software, StudioTax is asking you to tell others about it. If you like the program, you can also donate some money for future development. I haven’t used StudioTax yet, but I plan to this year.