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Anyone here use any type of tax program?? I've got a buddy that hasn't done his taxes in 3 years and doesn't want to pay someone to get it done. Can the new tax programs handle previous years as well?
You know programs like QuickTax?
 

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You'll need to get a tax program for each year. I've used QuickTax and it only supports the current year.
 

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www.ufile.ca

It is a web based application that costs $15 per return and is pretty straightforward. If your buddy doesn't have a lot of stuff to declare (married, tax exemptions etc etc) then ufile would work fine. You also submit your tax return online and don't have to bother sending your T4 or any other documents in unless they ask for it later. The only benefit of having someone else do it is if they can find ways to maximize your return that normal people like us don't know. However, one of my coworkers had a bad experience with H&R block last year, and another said that they didn't go out of their way to get him more money back.

I did my taxes last year with it and didn't have a problem. I think there is another program that you can use for free if you didn't make more than $26,000 in the year, but I can't remember it.

I'm pretty sure ufile can handle the previous years as well.
 

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However, one of my coworkers had a bad experience with H&R block last year, and another said that they didn't go out of their way to get him more money back.
You should only use H&R Block if you're a left wing socialist nutbag that votes for the NDP and therefore truly believe that we should be paying vastly more taxes.

I can't offer you any advice on taxes, my mother, aunt and grandfather are all accountants and my wife works for CRA. I have no freaking clue how to do taxes, but the assembled team of experts above make sure that I have yet to pay even a single penny more than I have to. AFAIK, I sign the thing and a short time later, I get to see a big cheque made out to me, which I then hand over to the wife.
 

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Thanks everyone. Even you Boydfish. lol. Some issues there?

I wish I had a big team as well at my beck and call. Do they make grilled cheese sandwiches?
 

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Thanks everyone. Even you Boydfish. lol. Some issues there?
Me, personally, no. I've never needed to use them as I noted before, but based on well placed sources, it usually takes professionals years to sort out the damage from a single year of using H&R.

I wish I had a big team as well at my beck and call. Do they make grilled cheese sandwiches?
Damn skippy they do. The downside is, which I've voiced several times, someday, one day there will be a freak minivan accident where the loads of crap they buy at the Walmart will flip them over, killing them all instantly. I'll die a few months later, dirty, smelly, hungry, owing the tax man billions and wondering "Where are the kids?". I currently make a healthy salary and have financial management capabilities of a 12 year old boy on meth.
 

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Kamui said:
www.ufile.ca

I did my taxes last year with it and didn't have a problem. I think there is another program that you can use for free if you didn't make more than $26,000 in the year, but I can't remember it.

I'm pretty sure ufile can handle the previous years as well.
ufile.ca is free if you net(or gross cant remember) is less then $25,000.
 

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Depends on the software program.

If CRA hasn't sent him a "request to file" he can submit a voluntary disclosure document to them for relief from interest and penalties for all returns that are more than 1 year past due.

If his return isn't straight forward, tell him to buck up and get a professional (NOT H&R BLOCK) to do the return.

If you don't know anything about bikes, would you try to rebuild the engine? No, then if you know nothing about tax, don't try to do your own return.

If all he has is a T4 and some RRSP, walk in the park (equivalent to oil change) he can do it himself.

Oh well, my $0.02
 
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