Tax Software Comparison

It's just about tax time and there's no lack of do-it-yourself options for filing your taxes. We've compared a good number of tax preparation products below. Some are free, some can handle provincial returns for Quebec, and some aren't equipped to deal with self-employment income. There is definitely something for everyone here.

If you're not sure which product you'd like to go with, keep in mind that many offer the option to pay only upon submitting your return so you can play around, run your numbers, and see what you think of the product (and even how your refund works out) before settling on one.

This year, like every year, filing your return online via NETFILE instead of mailing it in will get you a faster refund. And of course, the sooner you file the quicker you'll get your tax return.

Product Price Number of Returns Platform Free for Students Pay Only Upon Submission of Return Can Use With CRA Netfile Business Expenses / Self-Employment Income Provincial Returns for Quebec Notes
GenuTax $39.99; free trial available 20 per year Windows Yes Yes Yes Multiyear software; free annual tax updates allow use of product in future years
H&R Block Canada At Home Software $24.99 16 Windows (requires web) Yes Yes Yes Free Audit Assistance ($75 value), free for military personnel
StudioTax FREE 20 Windows (requires web) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tax Chopper 1 return: $9.98
2 returns: $15.98
3-5 returns: $19.98
6-15 returns: $25.98
Web Yes Yes Yes Yes Free for students, single people with < 25K income or married/common-law couples with < 30K income
Taxnic.ca 1 return: $8.99
2 returns: $13.99
3-20 returns: $18.99
Web Yes Yes Yes Yes Free for users with < 20K income, Yukon residents
TaxTron 1 return: $19.98
20 returns: $39.99
Mac OS 10.5 or higher Yes Yes Yes Yes
TaxTron for Windows 1 return: $12.99
20 returns: $24.99
Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes
TurboTax Basic CD or Download $17.59 8 Windows Yes Yes Yes For simple returns not including RRSPs, stocks, or mutual funds
TurboTax Home & Business CD or Download $87.99 12 Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes For small business owners, sole proprietors, consultants or contractors
TurboTax Free Online Edition FREE 1 Web Yes Yes Yes Yes For simple returns -- does not maximize deductions
TurboTax Premier CD/Download $61.59 12 Windows Yes Yes Yes For financial portfolios including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and rental properties
TurboTax Premier Online $29.69 1 Web Yes Yes Yes Yes For financial portfolios including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and rental properties
TurboTax Standard Edition CD or Download $35.19 8 Windows Yes Yes Yes Handles RRSPs, medical expense deductions, donations and more
TurboTax Standard Online Edition $15.83 1 Web Yes Yes Yes Yes Handles RRSPs, medical expense deductions, donations and more
TurboTax Student Online Edition FREE 1 Web Yes Yes Yes Yes
UFile.ca $15.95 1 plus dependents' returns; add your spouse for $9 Web Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Free for users with < 20K income, free for users filing first Canadian tax return.
UFile Standard for Windows $29.99 8 Windows Yes Yes Yes

There are a lot of great programs here -- for simple returns we like the free programs from TurboTax (previously known as QuickTax) and StudioTax. If you're thinking long-term you may want to purchase GenuTax -- pay once and you'll be able to use it for free in the years to come.