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[intuit] turbotax free online taxes

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Jr. Member
Mar 9, 2005
131 posts
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Toronto
They say free... but 9/10, they're going to find some way to charge you.
Beware.
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Mar 5, 2005
514 posts
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who8myrice wrote: They say free... but 9/10, they're going to find some way to charge you.
Beware.
totally agree, i will update later today when i finish doing my taxes. there were a few upsell screens but i declined them.
i entered everything yesterday for myself and my wife and so far so good.
Newbie
Dec 1, 2020
18 posts
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It's free as long as you qualify for the free tier which has some restrictions. But yes, they will of course try and upsell you on random things.
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Feb 25, 2007
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I filed for free using TurboTax online.

Claimed the working from home fixed amount and climate change with two simple spousal returns.

Completely free, you just have to decline the upsell feature over and over.

There is already a huge thread on free taxes somewhere.

EDIT: I ran the same info first through StudioTax as I have used them for almost 10 years. Until the $15 payment screen led me to other options. The result was identical to the penny so no concerns using this free online service.
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Aug 18, 2009
361 posts
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Barrie
This is not new, they've offered a free tier now for as long as I can remember. For simple returns this is a good option
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Nov 26, 2014
350 posts
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Quebec
Just finished my taxes yesterday. Bought turbotax for the 7th year in a row.. the 200x2$ for remote work was complicated to find and I got mad and tried wealthsimple tax... Incredible it took me like an hour to do taxes for my wife and I with 4 kids. Bye bye turbotax after 7 years. Wealthsimple found a new customer.
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Feb 6, 2007
488 posts
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Markham
I used this one this year as Studio Tax on pc is no longer free. This is indeed free, but they do try to upsell you multiple times throughout the filing process.
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Oct 23, 2013
196 posts
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Calgary
They have a free app you can download on your phone. It’s cloud based. They will try to upsell you but you can decline and it ends up free.
Member
Oct 11, 2012
202 posts
125 upvotes
My taxes are simple and have been using the intuit free version for the last several years with no issues. Did my return this morning lickety-split.
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Nov 27, 2016
283 posts
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m8x
I'm a long time user of Quick Tax/Turbo Tax for both individual and incorporated tax returns.

I have found that the "free" tax programs have limited features (no review/analysis, reduced types of entries, no income sharing analysis) which easily pays the $35 full cost for the TurboTax program. Further, the free services are typically cloud based and you have to assume they are selling your information to offset the cost or probably making a profit which means it's not really free unless you're not concerned with privacy. Each year I am able to get a deal on the software and this year TurboTax individual was $27 which is not quite as good a deal as I usually get ($25) but still not too bad. This also provides for up to eight returns and so I do the taxes for other family members at no additional cost. On the incorporated side, the TurboTax software is MSRP $250 and I'm able to snag that for $200 which is still pricey for what I need to file my T2, but as of today I've not found a better solution other than a paper filing.

The built-in analysis function in both applications has literally saved me thousands over the years by recommending overlooked tax deductions and incentive programs which I wouldn't have known or thought to use. So, in my view, the cost of the software is really moot given the potential savings on your taxes.

I do agree that if you're just of of school or have a very simplistic tax return, then use the free service, but I'd try the software for one year and see what it finds beyond the free software. You can install the software on multiple devices as long as you don't breach the maximum number of returns.
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Mar 5, 2005
514 posts
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LOL. read some of the comments.. typical RFD responses.

who needs cable when I have this level of entertainment
Member
Feb 25, 2015
258 posts
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Montreal, QC
I use the free TurboTax for several years now. I highly recommend it. You can enter everything in it all types of revenues employed or self employed and you have all types of deductions.
Try it to calculate your refund/owing balance (without submitting the declaration).
And try the paid version, you will find exactly the same amount and nothing special in the analysis rrsp or others
Sr. Member
May 30, 2017
521 posts
286 upvotes
Why is this down voted so much? It's free and intuitive. Ive used it for the last three years and have had no problems
Jr. Member
Mar 10, 2009
146 posts
107 upvotes
Pickering
I also use turbo tax for free every year. Not sure why it’s not mentioned in the other big thread. Granted my taxes are fairly straight forward, but it’s super easy to do and the end result is no different than other companies/programs.
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Mar 5, 2005
514 posts
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arcty5 wrote: Why is this down voted so much? It's free and intuitive. Ive used it for the last three years and have had no problems
Because its RFD.Winking FaceWinking Face
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Aug 28, 2010
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Toronto
Always use the free version works great
Jr. Member
Sep 27, 2007
118 posts
75 upvotes
Good option for those young adults who are just starting out and don't have any income yet to claim....I ain't paying for that.
As for the paid version, I've been using it with the usual RBC or BMO 20% off coupon codes and it's worth the convenience of having everything already in place year after year.

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