Searching for free tax software? No problem. We put together a complete list of all the Canada Revenue Agency approved online tax software that you can get for free – and we've also included at what point these options actually charge.
You know what I'm talking about: that point when you're using "free" software, but you hit a point where you have to pay to keep going. The worst! This list of online software should help you avoid that moment (as much as possible anyway) and help you choose the best option for you this tax season.
Looking for paid tax software? Check out our list of the best tax software in Canada
TurboTax offers a completely free tax software program that you can download directly from their website. This program is perfect for T-slips, employment income and dependents, but, long story short, if you need more than a basic return, you'll have to pay.
The good news is that their Basic tax software is only $14.99 and lets you submit four returns, and they also have fairly reasonable rates for families and small businesses.
TaxTron is completely free for Max users who have an annual household income of less than $31,000 (including seniors) or who are full-time students (in school for four months or more), and you can file up to 20 returns.
H&R Block Online
H&R Block's software is a little tricky in that you can always start for free, but then you have to pay once you file. Their Basic package is free but pretty limited, so you might have to shell out $15.99 for an Assistance package or $25.99 for a Protection package if you want things like unlimited tech support, return storage and year-over-year comparison.
SimpleTax is one of the easiest and most accessible tax software options out there. There are no restrictions or income minimums to qualify for free tax software. Technically, they run on a pay-what-you-want system, so you can donate as much or as little as you like. The best part? SimpleTax even has a calculator that adds up your refund as you go!
StudioTax has been around for over a decade now, and some folks swear by it as their go-to free downloadable tax software. Keep in mind though, this one isn't based on an interview model (where you answer questions along the way). Instead, it's a little less user-friendly and is probably best suited for people who are familiar with tax forms. And like SimpleTax, there is a donate option if you want to pitch in for the cause.
AdvTax might not have the prettiest website out there, but their software promises to deliver a tax return in under five minutes. They even provide estimated completion times ranging from just under two minutes to up to four minutes and 23 seconds – so they're great if you're in a hurry! It's completely free and also available in Chinese and French.
EachTax offers free tax software for new customers, new immigrants to Canada, seniors (aged 70+) or anyone whose income is $25,000 or less. If none of those sound like you, it's still just $5.99 for your first return (down from $6.99) and $3.99 for each one after that, including taxes. This one is pretty basic, so don't expect a ton of bells and whistles – just your return!
Tax Chopper's online tax software is free if your household income is $30,000 or less (or $25,000 or less if you're single) or if you were a full-time student for more than six months of the year. If you don't fall into one of those categories, it'll cost $9.98 for one return, $15.98 for two, $19.98 for three to five or $25.98 for six to 15.
So what about you? What free online tax software do you use? And if you know a good one we didn't mention, let us know in the comments!