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Free Tax Software for Canadians

There are good reasons to file your taxes online.

If you are taking the plunge this year and filing your taxes electronically for the first time, or if you’re looking to try something different, you’ll be glad to know there are several free tax software options out there.

There are some free tax software packages out there that are free, but with restrictions. For example, some packages are only if you make under a certain amount of money. The free tax software packages I’m talking about are completely free. You don’t have to pay a cent, but donations are accepted.

What are the free tax software options?


StudioTax is developed by a BHOK IT Consulting, a group of information technology professionals in Ottawa, Ontario. The tax package is completely free without restriction for personal use. It’s is Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) certified, supported on Windows, and requires the Microsoft .NET 2.0 SP2 framework to run. The software has to be downloaded and installed on your computer before you can use it.


GenuTax is created by GenuSource Consulting Inc. based out of Grande Prairie, Alberta. GenuTax was created to help Canadians stop throwing their money away on “disposable” tax software year after year. The tax software has an interview process that steps you through your tax situation to help you claim tax credits and deductions. GenuTax is supported on Windows and must be downloaded and installed. Note: GenuTax Standard does not support the completion of the Quebec provincial tax return which is to be sent to Revenu Québec.


SimpleTax is built by a three person start up in British Columbia. It has no income limits, and no restrictions. SimpleTax is web based: it will run in your web browser and is supported on multiple platforms so it’s PC, Mac, Linux, even iPad friendly. Simple tax does not support Quebec, Northwest Territories, Yukon, or Nunavut but they plan to add support for those provinces and territories for the next tax year.

There you have it. Three free tax software options for Canadians. SimpleTax intrigues me the most. I prefer to use a web browser based tax software because I don’t like to download and install software when I don’t have to.

Which tax software package are you planning to use to file your taxes this year?

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