Every year, that time comes where we are faced with having to file our income tax return. We may not all enjoy doing it, but it’s one of those things we all have to get done. This year I was prompted to look into tax software again by questions from my son about what to do. For my son, this is his first year ever submitting and my 25th tax return. So off I went in search of desktop or online software that will handle doing income taxes returns for the best of us at a reasonable price while still having control over my data, privacy and security as best I can accomplish. A part of me wishes that if we have to do an income tax return, why is the Canadian Government not directly providing software to get it done? Something I may never have an answer for.
After spending quite some time going through all the offered software listed, I settled on using “myTaxExpress”. The main reason is it works on Linux natively! Also, it appears to look easy to use with an auto-fill feature to assist those not overly familiar with taxes and that the software seems to allow for growth if one’s fiances get more complex. Since I’m new to this software, I will have to come back and update this article as I learn more. Just in case, I’ve decided potentially on using the following below if this solution doesn’t work. They all appear to be promising alternatives, but I must add other than “myTaxExpress” the rest do not work natively on Linux.
The solutions I’ve listed may require purchasing a license in order to submit your tax return. Submitting the return is only free when one fits within the free criteria.
myTaxExpress (Linux, macOS, Windows) by Acadia Solutions Corp.
Read myTaxExpress knowledge base article on how to install and run on Linux.
- FutureTax (Windows) by Future Corp.
- StudioTax (macOS, Windows) by BHOK It Consulting
- EachTax (online) by XInfo Technology Inc.
Good luck to everyone in this year’s income tax return journey. Make the best of it!
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- File your taxes online: Certified tax software, Government of Canada
- Filing taxes, photo by Sarah Pflug Photo, Burst
- Income tax in Canada, Wikipedia
- Tax return, Wikipedia
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