SimpleTax SimpleTax: Pay What You Want Canadian Tax Return Service! Pay What You Want Canadian Tax Return Service!

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If you're tired of paying to have your taxes prepared and are shopping for an affordable do-it-yourself solution, you'll want to consider SimpleTax!

SimpleTax is an easy to use, transparent income tax software for beginners and experts. There are no income limits or restrictions. After you submit your return to the CRA, you'll be prompted to support SimpleTax by paying what you want. The choice is yours, you can get it for what you think it's worth!

For anyone who's unfamiliar with SimpleTax, it's designed and made by a Canadian team in Vancouver. It's a web based service so there's no software to install. All data transmitted is encrypted for security and privacy. SimpleTax is NETFILE certified by the CRA and supports all provinces & territories with the exception of Quebec. Follow these links for more details and FAQ.

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    • Thank you, I will use this. First time I'll do my taxes.
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    • Used it last year and used it again this year.

      Didn't donate to the cause but I referred friends and family to use them this tax season.
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    • I also used this last year and will be using it again. Very easy to use.
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    • PiusPatronus wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 6:37 pm
      Used it last year and used it again this year.

      Didn't donate to the cause but I referred friends and family to use them this tax season.
      "LOL Free tax software amirite?"
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    • StudioTax - Always free
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    • There's also StudioTax, which has been completely free (for up to 20 returns) for years.
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    • ieatkittens wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 6:48 pm
      "LOL Free tax software amirite?"
      Yup... it is, but there are people that would also like to support the developers. If we want to continue using Simpletax, they need some funding.
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    • gramie wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 6:49 pm
      There's also StudioTax, which has been completely free (for up to 20 returns) for years.
      I looked at StudioTax. Two things I didn't like. Need to install software, and the UI is ghetto compared to SimpleTax.
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    • fudge_u wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 6:54 pm
      Yup... it is, but there are people that would also like to support the developers. If we want to continue using Simpletax, they need some funding.
      I was poking fun at the user that suggested that he didn't pay but he did refer other people - I used it, I gave them $10. Good software!
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    • gramie wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 6:49 pm
      There's also StudioTax, which has been completely free (for up to 20 returns) for years.
      +1 Been using StudioTax pretty much since they started. Way safer than an online-only solution (seriously?), and I can easily go back a few years and adjust/modify in case of errors (which has occasionally happened). However, I do agree that the UI is pretty old-school.
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    • gramie wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 6:49 pm
      There's also StudioTax, which has been completely free (for up to 20 returns) for years.
      Been using Studio Tax for a number of years. It's awesome.
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    • fudge_u wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 6:55 pm
      I looked at StudioTax. Two things I didn't like. Need to install software, and the UI is ghetto compared to SimpleTax.
      Having to install software is a pro, not a con. You can still access the data offline; you can't lose access to the service due to DDOS or SimpleTax going out of business; it is by its very nature more secure. (SimpleTax says they encrypt everything, but what proof do we have? What encryption method do they use? Did they implement it correctly?)

      Not saying these are reasons not to use SimpleTax (I also like their UI and that they don't have glaring typos on their site, unlike StudioTax), however the fact it's an online app instead of one you need to install is only good for convenience and cross-platform availability.
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    • fudge_u wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 6:55 pm
      I looked at StudioTax. Two things I didn't like. Need to install software, and the UI is ghetto compared to SimpleTax.
      I checked out SimpleTax's "About Us" page, I didn't like the three amigos. Pass
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    • Writer wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 7:08 pm
      Having to install software is a pro, not a con. You can still access the data offline; you can't lose access to the service due to DDOS or SimpleTax going out of business; it is by its very nature more secure. (SimpleTax says they encrypt everything, but what proof do we have? What encryption method do they use? Did they implement it correctly?)

      Not saying these are reasons not to use SimpleTax (I also like their UI and that they don't have glaring typos on their site, unlike StudioTax), however the fact it's an online app instead of one you need to install is only good for convenience and cross-platform availability.
      +1. This is a major concern as has just happened very recently in the US, after large tax software vendor TurboTax may have had their systems compromised.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get- ... x-filings/

      At least with software and data files stored on your own computer, you have full control.
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    • Yzord wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 7:05 pm
      +1 Been using StudioTax pretty much since they started. Way safer than an online-only solution (seriously?), and I can easily go back a few years and adjust/modify in case of errors (which has occasionally happened). However, I do agree that the UI is pretty old-school.
      + 1.

      I checked it out last year and didn't like the fact that it was strictly online , manage by a bunch of strangers in a small startup company . In the end I ended up using Studio tax.
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    • QC is no-go for SimpleTax anyway
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    • AlexJosh wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 7:36 pm
      QC is no-go for SimpleTax anyway
      Really :(
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    • Hey!

      Full disclosure: I'm one of the SimpleTax founders. I love RFD and just wanted to clarify a few things.
      Writer wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 7:08 pm
      SimpleTax says they encrypt everything, but what proof do we have? What encryption method do they use? Did they implement it correctly?
      You're asking all the right questions. We've tried our best to be as transparent as possible about everything we do, including who we are. We recognize that you're putting a lot of trust into us. We've had our encryption reviewed by a security expert, we use our own software, and we try to be upfront about your data in our Privacy Policy.
      Ungoverned wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 7:09 pm
      I checked out SimpleTax's "About Us" page, I didn't like the three amigos. Pass
      I'm sad you don't like us. We're really friendly people. :(
      SoroSuub1 wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 7:26 pm
      +1. This is a major concern as has just happened very recently in the US, after large tax software vendor TurboTax may have had their systems compromised.
      FYI, the fraud you're reading about isn't possible in Canada since you can't change your address or direct deposit information when you file online through NETFILE. In other words, you can't change where your refund payment is headed unless you change it directly with the CRA.
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    • AlexJosh wrote:
      Feb 19th, 2015 7:36 pm
      QC is no-go for SimpleTax anyway
      I know, we want to support QC too. It's a big investment since we need to integrate with Revenu Québec and offer full French translations. It wouldn't be right to just run everything through Google Translate.
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