Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tax Season is Approaching

Well it's that time of year again! We will all soon be rushing out to get the latest version of tax software to  make our tax filing that much easier, and hopefully get that nice tax refund.   Well what would you say, if I could save you  $29-$39 this year!   I think most people would really like this nice tip.

No I am not an accountant, and I am not a tax expert, and this is suppose to be a blog about computer technology, and little tips and tricks to help you along the way in your computing world.  Well today's blog should help you on your way with your daily computing, and save you a little extra money during tax time.  How will I save you that $29-$39 this tax season?

I will save you this extra money by you not going out and buying the popular tax software that you can get at most any store these days.  I am going to tell you about a Canadian Income Tax software package that is just as good, if not better, that the more popular tax packages you pay for.

The software package I am talking about is called Studio Tax. It was developed by a group of programmers working in the IT field in the Ottawa area, and took about 5 years to develop with consultation from many people, and tax experts.

How good can it be if its free? Well I can tell you this, there is very little difference in the interface that the popular Turbo Tax, and Quick Tax packages. Studio Tax includes the same styled tax wizard that the other packages do, it supports Net Filling, and if you continue to use it each year, you can import your previous years information the same as the package that you would have normally paid for.

 The software is certified each year by the CRA to make sure that it complies to the Canadian Tax laws, the same as the big name packages that you pay for.

Here are a few screen shots of Studio Tax 2010, which I have just finished Installing the uncertified version. The Certified version should be available in a few weeks.

This is the start up screen

The Start of the Wizard for a First time User

Selecting T and RL Slips that apply to you

Selecting RRSP, Tuition, Donations, Dependants, Political Contributions and Medical Expenses

If you are unsure of using something different, because you have trusted the same software package over the years to complete your taxes. I have a challenge for you!  Download Studio Tax, and complete your taxes, then use your preferred software to complete your taxes.  I bet you the end result will be the same, except that doing your taxes your preferred way just cost you $29-$39 once again this year.  

Add up what you spend on tax software each year, over the past 10 years or so, and think what you could have used that money for!  Studio Tax is worth a try.

You can download Studio Tax from 

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