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Filing taxes in 2021: Free 2020 Tax Software

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  • Feb 24th, 2021 12:01 am

Poll: Which free tax software will you use to file your 2020 taxes in 2021?

  • Total votes: 47. You have voted on this poll.
Advtax
 
0
0%
Cloudtax
 
0
0%
Genutax
 
10
21%
Simple Tax (now Wealthsimple Tax)
 
29
62%
Taxman
 
0
0%
TurboTax Free
 
6
13%
UFile Free
 
2
4%
[OP]
Jr. Member
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Jan 11, 2020
154 posts
137 upvotes
Fredericton

Filing taxes in 2021: Free 2020 Tax Software

To get a quantitative intuition of the following thread:
free-2020-tax-return-programs-2435232/

Show of hands of who is using what? I think I'll be using GenuTax this year.

Thank you!
15 replies
Member
Feb 7, 2019
210 posts
120 upvotes
SimpleTax. I used them for 3 years and I like them.
Sr. Member
Mar 14, 2014
710 posts
841 upvotes
ADenariusSaved wrote: To get a quantitative intuition of the following thread:
free-2020-tax-return-programs-2435232/

Show of hands of who is using what? I think I'll be using GenuTax this year.

Thank you!
You may want to add Studio Tax to your voting list, it's very popular, or was until it stopped being free.
Member
Jul 29, 2007
257 posts
154 upvotes
Markham
Simpletax. Used it the last two years and it is very user friendly. It also gave me the results I expected (i.e. results from Taxprep) while other free ones I've tried did not.
Deal Guru
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Jan 9, 2011
10037 posts
11998 upvotes
Vancouver
After six years of filing online with Studio Tax, I'm going back to snail mail. The only remaining free filing methods either use the cloud (which I won't do) or use Windows (which I don't have and won't buy). So my tax software of choice this year is Apple Preview, which I will use to print off the PDFs and send in the snail mail.
Deal Addict
Jan 19, 2017
4014 posts
2290 upvotes
Kiraly wrote: After six years of filing online with Studio Tax, I'm going back to snail mail. The only remaining free filing methods either use the cloud (which I won't do) or use Windows (which I don't have and won't buy). So my tax software of choice this year is Apple Preview, which I will use to print off the PDFs and send in the snail mail.
I am sure you don’t mean Studiotax is storing your data online. May be you meant to say filing your tax online using Netfile to send to CRA.
Deal Addict
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Jan 4, 2009
3965 posts
2633 upvotes
on the links
For anyone who's previously used GenuTax, does it have an optimizer for splitting pension income between spouses?

In the past, I've used Quicktax, Turbotax and Studiotax and they all had/have this functionality.
Deal Addict
Nov 28, 2013
2492 posts
1019 upvotes
Quebec
The new version of simple tax bugs me I try to put it in French but they keep redirecting to English lol
Sr. Member
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May 18, 2019
857 posts
436 upvotes
SimpleTax. Learned about expenses and credits that I could claim that I didn't know about before.
Deal Addict
Jan 19, 2017
4014 posts
2290 upvotes
NobleFalcon1 wrote: SimpleTax. Learned about expenses and credits that I could claim that I didn't know about before.
which ones?
Deal Addict
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Jan 4, 2009
3965 posts
2633 upvotes
on the links
I tried out Genutax today, just to see if it was better that Studio Tax...what a useless, garbage, POS software platform!! I typically link my tax return with my spouse, so the interview session was 2X times, about 45 minutes. And you can't jump back and forth until you fully complete the interview.

This confirms the old adage...you get what you pay for.




Oh, and to answer my question from post #9, I didn't see any optimizer for pension splitting...Strike 4 !
Deal Fanatic
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Aug 24, 2016
7870 posts
8167 upvotes
The Prairies
I like TurboTax free, myself.
I tried Simple Tax, and it’s not bad, but not what I’m used to.
Been using TurboTax for several years with zero issues.
Deal Fanatic
Oct 26, 2008
6359 posts
2006 upvotes
BC
Not impressed with what WealthSimple has done to Simple Tax.

Couldn't get my id recognized and now it's down for maintenance which I assume is related.
Member
Jun 28, 2011
384 posts
101 upvotes
VANCOUVER
I noticed that WealthsSimple has an Upgrade option for audit support and priority email support. I guess it's the same as Turbo Tax?
My taxes are pretty straightforward so I can't see myself using this upgrade option, at least not now.

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