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QuickTax Platinum Download Review and Giveaway

With tax season ramping up, the online tax preparers are out in full force!  Last week, I reviewed the popular UFile, this week, it’s QuickTax Platinum, the download version (link).   QuickTax offered to giveaway 5 copies of QuickTax Platinum download version to Million Dollar Journey readers (value: $69.99 each).

What’s the difference between the download and online versions?  Basically, the download version sits on your PC and allows up to 8 returns per copy ($8.75 per return for Platinum).  Upon completing the forms, the software will NETFILE your return.

Why would someone choose the Platinum version over the Standard version?  The Platinum version offers everything Standard offers plus:

  • Enhanced guidance & tax-saving tips for investments
  • Tools to help you find deductions for your rental properties
  • Sales-tracking & reporting tools for capital gains & losses

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Sign up for the Million Dollar Journey Newsletter by clicking here (+1 entry)
  2. Tell me when you typically file your taxes via the comments by clicking here (+1 entry)

The Rules

Lets go over some of the rules.  All contestant entries will be shoved into an electronic hat and drawn at random.  Since there are 5 prizes available, the odds of winning are relatively high.

  1. Only confirmed (new and existing) newsletter subscribers on the date of draw are eligible.
  2. Only 1 comment entry / person (please enter a valid email address).
  3. To be fair to all contestants, each winner can only win once.
  4. Only those who need to file a Canadian return can file with QuickTax Canada.
  5. Entries will end Sat 5pm EST Feb 27, 2010 and the winners announced shortly after!

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89 Comments

  1. Dutchie on February 23, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I would like to try QuickTax



  2. No Debt Guy on February 23, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I file my taxes just as soon as I have all the documentation I need to complete them. I net file my taxes and mail in a cheque posted dated to April 31.

    Hopefully one day I will start seeing refunds again. :)



  3. Luc-Rock on February 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I usually use QuickTax and NetFile my tax return. It’s fairly cheap & it’s easy!



  4. Traciatim on February 23, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I usually use StudioTax to file my taxes and I usually do it as soon as I have all of my paperwork together. Generally this is in the first half of March somewhere.



  5. SuperDude on February 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I usually file the moment my T4s arrive, any later than that and I may forget!



  6. Carel on February 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Typically file paper copies, but plan on trying quick tax this year.



  7. Highlander on February 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I don’t get to file mine until mid-april. I usually have to wait for paperwork on a limited partnership or two, and those don’t usually get sent out until the end of march. I use a T1213 to get my RRSP contributions back during the year, so I’m not missing much of my refund anyway.



  8. Antoine on February 23, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I’m in! I’D like to give QuickTax a try.



  9. Steve R on February 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

    This year will be different. For years I’ve filed using Quick Tax. However, this year, I have been told I need to file in the USA as that’s where I lived and worked at the end of ’09. I’m not sure if Quick Tax can do this, so I’ll need to pay a CPA.
    Even so, count me in the draw.



  10. RI on February 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I file my return once I got all the T forms ready. I get refund every year. I have one recurrent trouble. CRA re-assess my return these couple years trying to add back income from the IN TRUST accounts that I hold on behalf of my kids. Any advice to prevent this happen again? Thanks.



  11. YYC27 on February 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I usually try and file as soon as I get all my documents in. I’ve been known to procrastinate, though.



  12. Sampson on February 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

    QuickTax or paper



  13. Sebastien on February 23, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I file typically at the last minute. This year, I am awaiting a big fat return so I really should file earlier!



  14. Richard on February 23, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I usually file by paper as soon as as I receive all my paperwork.



  15. Returns Reaper on February 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I usually prepare my taxes with tax prep software (I’ve used the free StudioTax package the last two years) as soon as I get the required documentation.

    If I’m getting a refund, I’ll file right away. If I owe, I’ll wait until April.



  16. mike on February 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    As I receive all the tax document until early April, so I will fill in tax return around middle April.



  17. Shawn S. on February 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Mid-April usually for me, maybe earlier this year.



  18. Joel on February 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I have been using ufile, and usually do it around Aug…… but not this year… I am hoping to do it sooner



  19. as on February 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    March, when all papers are in and weather’s still depressing…



  20. Caitlin on February 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I usually do our taxes in mid-March, since we usually have received all of our paperwork by then, and I know if I leave it to the last minute I’ll stress out too much.



  21. Mel on February 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Another great way to save $$$–thanks for setting up this give-away! I typically file my taxes (on paper) as soon as my T4 is received, but want to try using software and NetFile this year. Hope I win!



  22. joncosmo on February 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Once we have received all of our paperwork. Usually complete mid-March.



  23. ruckus on February 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    We file them at the end of March. Slips sometimes have been slow getting to us.



  24. Rob on February 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Love Quicktax, use it every year :) Usually file in March once all documents are in.



  25. alice on February 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I use Studio Tax to file my taxes and I am usually done well before deadline.



  26. Angela on February 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I usually do my taxes with ufile as soon as I get all the slips.



  27. Sushma on February 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I usually have an accountant do my tax returns. But I want to do it myself starting this year.



  28. Shawn on February 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    QuickTax would be great!



  29. Kurt on February 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    My accountant also usually does my taxes, I find there is less risk of getting audited by having a professional do them but that could be false. Always on-time, always a Tax Return!



  30. Shirley on February 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    As soon as I have all the documentation I need I file my taxes immediately, normally first week of March. I used UFile before and want to try QuickTax this time. Hope I win! Thanks for this opportunity!!



  31. Kevin on February 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Do them with Taxman (free), and file by mail.



  32. Jeremy on February 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I usually fill out the paper forms sometime around mid-March when I receive the last of the paperwork … and then telefile in late April when I remember that I forgot to actually send it in!



  33. Maxwell on February 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Last year I file my taxes using Ufile after I finish all my exams. I have all my slips ready and more free time after I am done my exams.



  34. Ju W on February 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I usually file as late as possible using Ufile and send it in online.



  35. Aaron on February 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I used StudioTax last year and would try QT this year! I usually do them mid-March.



  36. seelan on February 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Usually file in the middle of March with paper copies. This time will explore with quick tax.



  37. ethan on February 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I do my taxes after I receive all my t4 and t5s, which is usually march



  38. Vince on February 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    never used QuickTax.. I don’t mind giving it try if it’s free…



  39. Richard on February 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I usually do my taxes in late March after all the paperwork comes in.



  40. J Wong on February 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I do my taxes in march…and i find that Ufile is a real simple way to do so.



  41. Marc on February 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I just picked up QuickTax Standard and realize I need Platinum, would love to win a copy!

    I file my taxes as soon as I have all of my forms, usually early March.



  42. Chris on February 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I usually prepare my taxes in March if I’m getting money back, or late April if I owe money with no interest penalties.



  43. Alaa on February 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I file my taxes on the first week of march.



  44. Sarlock on February 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Depends on whether I owe or have a refund coming… if I have a refund coming, I file as soon as I have all of the information in my hands. I am still waiting for a couple of pieces of paper before I can file my taxes for 2009. If I owe money, I wait until the middle of April before I file — I’d rather have the money in my hands for an extra couple of months than let CRA have it early.



  45. Matt on February 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I also try to do my taxes in March when all T4/T5s are received.



  46. Matty on February 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    As a soon to be accountant, doing my taxes has always been something I wanted to do as soon as possible (especially as a student expecting big refunds), so like many others, I do my taxes as soon as I have received me and my spouse’s T4, T5, and T2202.

    I’ve tried a few different programs, like CanTax, QuickTax, and last year I tried Ufile, which was pretty good.



  47. Blitzkrieg on February 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I am a last minute wonder.



  48. Norman on February 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I try to file at least a couple of weeks before the deadline. Having it ready beforehand allows you to solve any problems that may come up.



  49. Norman on February 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I try to file a few weeks before the deadline.



  50. Susan on February 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    We are early filers.



  51. Mai on February 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I file by hand with the paper forms.



  52. thug108 on February 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    i try to do it asap



  53. Chris on February 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Forgive me if the topic has come up in another post or comment, but can anyone recommend reputable tax software for Mac users? I am a new owner of one and having a bit of a hard time tracking anything down. Thanks for any advice!



  54. grace on February 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I go the old fashion way, paper – which can be a mighty pain.



  55. Tigger on February 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Always file as soon as I get my T4.



  56. Cat on February 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    We file in early March.



  57. Frugal Greenie on February 23, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Usually file in March with Quicktax (last 4 years).



  58. Shannon on February 24, 2010 at 1:26 am

    usually as soon as all of the receipts come in, so early march



  59. Greg on February 24, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I used to use QuickTax but got sick of the price going up and features being pushed into the premium version. I now use StudioTax which is always free.



  60. Susan on February 24, 2010 at 5:32 am

    We’ve used Quicktax basic online for the last couple of years and we usually file first week in March. I would love to try the Platinum version as our situation has changed this year.



  61. Mike on February 24, 2010 at 8:15 am

    This year I used UFILE online. (via the internet) I wanted to use studio tax, but they don’t make it for Mac computers. I usually file late Feb. or early March.



  62. Shane M on February 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I typically file our taxes as soon as we receive our T4s, which is usually near the middle/end of February. In years past I’ve purchased taxprep software in January and then guesstimate incomes etc in order to determine an optimal RRSP contribution, etc.



  63. L. Yang on February 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I typically use UFile from back in the day when I was searching out all the free if under X income software. I used QuickTax once upon a time as well. I usually try to file early to get the refund faster but if not sometime in early March is when I file.



  64. Sean on February 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I use QuickTax Web



  65. LindaL on February 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I file my taxes at different times depending on whether I am getting a refund or owe… if I am getting a refund, I file them ASAP. If I owe, I wait until the last minute :)



  66. Michelle on February 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I file my taxes usually on the 3rd or 4th weekend in March. I’d like to do it earlier but sometimes the bank statements don’t come until 1st week of March.
    Thanks for the chance to win!



  67. Ken on February 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I usually file right after I have received my T4.



  68. Kelly on February 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    In the past, I have typically filed my taxes early. However, in the last couple years I just cannot seem to get things together that much sooner than the deadline. Always done a week or so in advance, though.



  69. Saver on February 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Sadly, always last minute. Luckily my tax situation is pretty straightforward so as long as I meet the midnight deadline I’m fine.



  70. Alex on February 24, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Last couple of years I have been using QuickTax Standard WEB. I would like to try Platinum edition. I will file my taxes in early March.



  71. bluegreen on February 25, 2010 at 1:07 am

    once I get all my paper work



  72. Kabe on February 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Would like to try that QT Platinum! Usually I file before just before the deadline.



  73. Jonathan d on February 26, 2010 at 1:55 am

    i wouldnt mind trying quicktax!



  74. Lanette on February 26, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Big fan of your site and haven’t had a chance to try the platinum version yet!



  75. Paul G on February 26, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Love you site, and would love to get a chance to try out this software :-)



  76. Bobby on February 26, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I have been using studiotax. But am finding it a bit not so user freindly. I would like to try QuickTax.



  77. Lovette MacDonell on February 26, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Once I get all my forms I tend to file at the end of April or early May.



  78. GabyYYZ on February 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Just filed. The sooner I get that refund because of rrsp contributions, the sooner I can put it into my tfsa.:-)



  79. S. Wong on February 26, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I wat to see how good Quick Tax is



  80. Amparo on February 26, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I normally file both my husband’s and mine a month before the deadline. It takes a while for me to a handle on the software so I have enough time to look into the information closely.



  81. Al400 on February 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I start when I recieve all the information. But usually end up filing a week before the deadline.



  82. Eric on February 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Hey free copy! I usually file at the last possible moment. Partly out of procrastination, partly because when I’ve filed early in the past there was always one more tax form that came in late causing a re-assessment pain.



  83. Doctor Stock on February 26, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I plan during the year… and try to do my rrsp planning early on based on expectations.



  84. Andrea on February 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Use ufile, and usually do it way too late



  85. Shannon S on February 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I file as soon as all of my paperwork is in order



  86. Chris on February 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    The price is right.



  87. Aaron on February 27, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Have been using Ufile the past 3 years.



  88. Jean-Francois Rene on February 27, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I would like to try QuickTax



  89. jim on February 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    file soon as i get info from my bankers



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