StudioTax.com StudioTax: Free Canadian Tax Return Software Download! Free Canadian Tax Return Software Download!

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It’s that time of year again where we need to start preparing our tax returns. Here’s a free tax preparation software for anyone who prefers to download an app rather than using an online service, courtesy of StudioTax!

StudioTax is free personal tax software with an 11 year track record that’s developed by a small group of professionals working in the Ottawa area. It’s CRA and Revenue Quebec certified for NETFILE, including printed returns. StudioTax is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X computers. No license key or registration is required to download, install and use StudioTax. However it’s suggested you make a modest contribution to support the continued development of this product if you find it useful.

Note, StudioTax does not use an interview model to guide you and requires some basic familiarity of tax forms. StudioTax may not handle some uncommon tax situations, click here for more details and FAQs.

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    • I've used it the past 3 years and it has worked great. I donate a few bucks for the developers each year.
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    • Wrong forum, this isn't a hot deal, this is and has been a free software...
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    • Have used it for the last 5 years. works amazingly
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    • I started using it last year and it works great. I recommend it to everyone I talk to about tax returns.
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    • I tried using it last year but was kinda difficult to use. could not figure out how to do certain things. ended up using turbo tax. worth trying again though. thanks
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    • The software is a little complicated but with help section from cra website. I was able to file taxes with this software last year. Saved $100

      Raj
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    • Price is right! :D
      Thamks OP!
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    • truesaiyan wrote:
      Feb 20th, 2015 6:00 pm
      I tried using it last year but was kinda difficult to use. could not figure out how to do certain things. ended up using turbo tax. worth trying again though. thanks
      +1 for turbotax, for those with more deductions and claims versus a straight forward filing.
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    • [QUOTE]I tried using it last year but was kinda difficult to use. could not figure out how to do certain things. [/QUOTE]

      Difficult in what sense, and an example of "certain things" will be nice...it could just be that it was you, no?

      [QUOTE]The software is a little complicated but with help section from cra website.[/QUOTE]

      Complicated in what sense i.e what is it that you were trying to do, that didn't work for you?

      If you two had your T4s in front of you, as well as all your receipts, then it's just a matter of looking at the line #s and inputting into the right boxes

      I did mine yesterday, using this for the first time. I had receipts also to input as well as my T4, and it tells you at the end what your refund will be, and if this is not your 1st time filing a return, you don't even need your SIN at the end once you press send. You get a confirmation number for your records

      Alternatively, there is SIMPLE TAX software which is also free
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    • Can someone tell me if stuidotax generates a proper PDF for your own records?
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    • gves02 wrote:
      Feb 20th, 2015 6:15 pm
      Can someone tell me if stuidotax generates a proper PDF for your own records?
      Yes - absolutely.
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    • Works great for me too. Just not pretty interface, but it gets the job done and let's me report things like capital gains with no issues, whereas SimpleTax was giving me problems. SimpleTax is very easy to use and nice interface. If I didn't have stocks and employee shares, I'd likely use SimpleTax.
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    • Can you input uFile/TurboTax files from last year return? I hate to start over again of imputing personal information.
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    • works great and I cant see why some people are saying it is difficult tu use .
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    • I migrated over from ufile to studio tax last year. No longer qualified for CFS promo.

      It wasn't overly difficult. But If ur used to the interview style of filing taxes. It will be slightly more difficult as u'll have to learn the forms and stuff... Might have to read a bit from CRA site.

      I also find the pdf generated by ufile to be much better with the additional content it has
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    • jetsetr wrote:
      Feb 20th, 2015 6:11 pm
      Difficult in what sense, and an example of "certain things" will be nice...it could just be that it was you, no?



      Complicated in what sense i.e what is it that you were trying to do, that didn't work for you?

      If you two had your T4s in front of you, as well as all your receipts, then it's just a matter of looking at the line #s and inputting into the right boxes

      I did mine yesterday, using this for the first time. I had receipts also to input as well as my T4, and it tells you at the end what your refund will be, and if this is not your 1st time filing a return, you don't even need your SIN at the end once you press send. You get a confirmation number for your records

      Alternatively, there is SIMPLE TAX software which is also free

      ...No
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    • Menace wrote:
      Feb 20th, 2015 6:20 pm
      Can you input uFile/TurboTax files from last year return? I hate to start over again of imputing personal information.
      That's how they make money. Lock you into their system for the rest of your life because of the extra effort to change software.

      That's why it's so profitable for these companies to offer free tax software to students. Students were never going to pay full price, but now you have them for the next 40 years. ;)
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    • SoroSuub1 wrote:
      Feb 20th, 2015 6:55 pm
      That's how they make money. Lock you into their system for the rest of your life because of the extra effort to change software.

      That's why it's so profitable for these companies to offer free tax software to students. Students were never going to pay full price, but now you have them for the next 40 years. ;)
      I've never really understood the reluctance that people have to switch. What are you importing in the next year that is so hard to re-enter?

      That aside - how easy is it to do joint spousal return stuff with Studio Tax? I looked at it briefly last year (or was it the year before? I can't remember) and couldn't immediately figure it out, so I just went with H&R Block online (as I had a discount from RBC).
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    • Been using studio tax for years great software..
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