Choosing the Best Canadian Income Tax Software
No one looks forward to filing or paying taxes today. After all, documenting everything, filling out the correct forms, and filing your taxes can be very time consuming. You may think that your only option is to pay a tax filing firm outrageous prices to handle your taxes. However, there are now options that can help you file your own taxes for a very reasonable price. In fact, with no prior tax experience you can fill out your taxes on your personal computer, print them out or send them in electronically, and be finished way before the deadline. If you are considering filing your own taxes purchasing software is one of your best bets. There are things you will want to consider before making that purchase though. Consider the following aspects when choosing the appropriate software.
Price Is Always An Issue
Make sure you shop around before purchasing tax software. The price for your tax software can vary depending on the program you buy and the way you buy it. For example, it is often cheaper to buy software online and download it to your computer. You will also want to consider the cost of updating your software. Each year tax laws change and your software will need to be updated to include those changes. While some programs offer unlimited updates for life other offer a shorter period of free updates, or no updates at all. Consider that with some companies for the cost of three years worth of updates you could probably just buy new software.
How Many Returns Do You Need to File?
If you file both personal and business taxes you may want to consider how many taxes a software program will allow. Many programs will only allow you to electronically file one return. However, there are software programs that allow you to file 20 to 50 tax returns. If you make extra money each year filing your friends and families returns, these programs could definitely be worth the price.
How Hard Is the Program?
Before making your final decision you should view any videos or demos that are available. Some programs are better for those with years of tax experience while others are perfect for those just starting out. If you don't know anything about taxes you will want a program that uses a series of questions to determine what type of filer you are and what deductions you may qualify for. You will also want a program that allows you to view different scenarios. You may find that taking that write off isn't worth the effort this year.