File your tax with QuickTax online
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):

quicktax comparison

Free Version

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

Student Edition

Free for college & university students who qualify:

  1. You paid tuition in 2008 (and have a T2202A or its equivalent)
  2. Your household income (for you & your spouse) is $20,000 or less

Standard: $14.99

Ideal for Canadians who want to maximize deductions! Includes tools to manage T4s, RRSPs, family & dependent tax credits – and more

Platinum: $29.99

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.

QuickTax Giveaway

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?

Contest/Entry Rules:

  • 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!

184 Comments

  1. Gary on February 19, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I have NetFiled using Quick tax standard for the last 6 years.



  2. Marc on February 20, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I’ve been completing my returns using various software programs for 5 years now. Last year I used studiotax. I’d say it was not as user friendly and doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles, but it worked and the price was right.



  3. Jay on February 20, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I have used QuickTax (local version) for at least 5 years now, although I needed an accountant last year due to some extra complications. I do not mind processing the data data myself, and have found QuickTax to be a useful to in doing so. In fact, I often use it to try different scenarios (e.g. donations allocations between my spouse and I, RRSP calculator for last-minute contributions, etc). The “side bar” that shows a summary of all the numbers for both returns is a great feature.



  4. Alex on February 20, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I have used Ufile for the past few years, but would like to give QuickTax a try.



  5. John on February 20, 2009 at 11:55 am

    File online.



  6. Paul on February 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Both through an accountant and then online by myself! Just like to double check his work ;-) Good for you to ask for a giveaway, never ask, never get.



  7. Mary on February 20, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    File online using QuickTax



  8. Neeraj on February 20, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I file my taxes online every year.



  9. Ben on February 20, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I use Quicktax every year to file my taxes online.



  10. John on February 20, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I file online with QuickTax



  11. Jason on February 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I ‘ ll give it a try



  12. Annie on February 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I file my taxes online every year.



  13. Amy on February 20, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I have always filed with QuickTax. It is a good program



  14. James on February 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I file with QuickTax every year.



  15. Scott on February 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I have been using quik tax for years. I started using the online edition as soon as it was released. I have also been using netfile since I was first eligible. It’s quick and easy. I do see my refund faster too.

    For those who may not know, epost users are offered a 20% discount for quicktax online. Details available at epost.ca.



  16. jimmy on February 20, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    This year would be my 4th year using quicktax..pretty simple to use!



  17. Jamie on February 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve been using QuickTax online for years now, though last year I found some special cases which I needed the software and not the online version – it allows you to view and manually update forms in some places that the online version does not provide access.



  18. Teach1 on February 20, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I’m a loyal QuickTax filer…easy lay-off, lots of quality explanations, a great tool…have been using it for 7 or 8 years now!



  19. Joe on February 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Last year I filed with an accountant, before that online and the year before that on paper.



  20. David Newing on February 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I have the last few years used an accountant but they are very expensive,
    I plan on doing it myself this year



  21. JK on February 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Online



  22. Matt on February 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I always file online with Quick Tax. Its very fast, easy and efficient.



  23. Derek on February 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I’d like to try it.



  24. Catherine on February 20, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I have been filing online with Quick Tax for about 4 years now and I love it… it’s so easy to use!



  25. Kevin on February 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve been using QuickTax online for a couple of years, and find it to be a great tool. Never had any issues.



  26. John on February 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I have used QuickTax online for the last 4 years for both myself and my wife. 2 years ago we started using the Small Business edition (or whatever they call it now). It could be slightly better in terms of navigation, but it does the job.



  27. Pylin on February 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I’ve done it every year online through Netfile (except the first year I was in Canada, someone else did it for me with the paper version).



  28. katrine on February 20, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    i use quicktax coz it’s very easy to use



  29. KAF on February 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve started using Taxman http://pacificcoast.net/~gthompson/

    It’s free, written by a nice Canadian guy. Works great, and it’s given me a much more thorough understanding of what’s going on. I always used to take advantage of my uncle (who is a CA), but given my straightforward situation it’s become a bit overkill to use him.

    Plus the fact that since I left school he’s started charging. ;)

    Kevin



  30. Allyson Fleck on February 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I file by paper.

    AF



  31. Deena on February 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    We’ve used QuickTax the last few years.

    Deena



  32. Adrienne on February 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I’ve used H&R Block Online for the past few years which I think is associated with QuickTax.



  33. Jill on February 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I moved to Canada in April last year, so this will be my first time to file my taxes in Canada. I’ve never had to do it before; in the two countries I lived in previously, the company I worked for filed our taxes for us and it wasn’t this complicated. I plan on filing taxes online and hoping software like QuickTax will make it less painful.



  34. Kelly on February 20, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Our family always uses QuickTax. It’s super user friendly and fast.