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UFile for Windows 2022: $21.99 / 4 returns, $29.99 / 12 returns

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[Ufile.ca] UFile for Windows 2022: $21.99 / 4 returns, $29.99 / 12 returns

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I've just got personal UFile ad in-mail post card (there is always room for a first time thing).

Same deal as on Black Friday. Still no way to enter voucher during checkout. So no point of asking about them Smiling Face With Open Mouth
$21.99 / 4 returns
$29.99 / 12 returns

Not the great price, but seems this year they aren't backing up any lower...

Also 4 return version is available at other retailers:
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/uf ... s/16578254
https://www.staples.ca/products/3044508 ... 3841000619

Update: Important to note that for both versions (4 / 12 returns) one license of UFile could only be install on 2(TWO) PC max.
Update 2: The trick to change province form last year still works. They didn't fix their checkout page. Change the province to AB / Alberta if you're from higher tax rate province to save some PST.
Shout-out to @theflyingsquirrel. I found the comment in the thread from last year: https://forums.redflagdeals.com/ufile-c ... #p35316199

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This one or TurboTax?
Is it the best tool for dummies trying to create their one tax returns for the first time?
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MrMello wrote: This one or TurboTax?
Is it the best tool for dummies trying to create their one tax returns for the first time?
I've used both and did prefer TurboTax. That was several years ago now though. I keep using UFile for the carryover data and familiarity now. Both are quite similar and you'd be ok with either. There are lots of other options to look into as well like Wealthsimple Tax (SimpleTax).
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There is always a first time for everything. Scary - yes, but it's not hard at all. I don't think there is a tax situation that tax software can't handle it, at least I never run into one. I did my returns with software like this for last 8 years. I've been using TurboTax before. There is a nasty bag for QC returns, that TurboTax just can't fix for years. Also the app randomly crashed for no reason. I got fed up and changed to UFile last year.

The main difference between the two: TurboTax has different packages with options for different situations, when is UFile has all options in any package, just the number of returns is different.

You will for sure have people in this thread who will point you for a free alternative. They will say somethin like: "Why do you guys keep paying for it? HAHA".
IMHO it's peace of mind for me to pay fixed price and have confidentiality in my personal data that stays on my machine rather that in cloud account. The free software needs to have some return for the devs, otherwise what's the reason to keep developing it?
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I bought mine 1 week before te deal

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What's a link for free tax stuff? I see it every year just after I buy something
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Greebo wrote: You will for sure have people in this thread who will point you for a free alternative. They will say somethin like: "Why do you guys keep paying for it? HAHA".
IMHO it's peace of mind for me to pay fixed price and have confidentiality in my personal data that stays on my machine rather that in cloud account. The free software needs to have some return for the devs, otherwise what's the reason to keep developing it?
Yes, this is a legitimate concern, though it should be noted that desktop tax return software may also be phoning home with your personal information. The only way to ensure it does not would be to only use it on a dedicated airgapped machine, and exporting the completed return to NETFILE on a separate, connected machine, or doing a paper return. Or, safest option: skip the software entirely and do an old-school paper return instead.
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Is there a group buy for 12 returns?
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I got the mail-out as well, but the last couple years, I've found that just going to Walmart is the way to go. Although there's no physical media anymore (it's a digital download), the physical box has the activation code, plus a code for the online family version as a freebie (which you can sell or gift to someone), all for $21.98+taxes. Plus at the Walmart Super Centre, I use a credit card with a grocery accelerator for 5% cashback. Looks like plenty of stock at pretty much all Walmart locations now.
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MrMello wrote: This one or TurboTax?
Is it the best tool for dummies trying to create their one tax returns for the first time?
Even as an accountant myself, I prefer uFile - Turbo tax just spends most of the time trying to upsell you to more expensive versions of the software or makes you do things manually.

Ufile is very simple and easy to use in general.
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I use Studio Tax and have for years. It's $15 now but it's a download that stays on your machine and you can also register it on 2 computers. I do mine at my house and my son does his at his house, so it's well worth the $15 so I don't have to take my computer over there to do his. It also carries forward last years return and I've never had a problem with it.
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Long-time Ufile Windows buyer here. I just buy 12-returns one for multiple families. I have been using it for many years now. I started off with Studio Tax and then later moved to Ufile. RFDers keep asking why don't I use StudioTax? After buying for many family members, it is just a few dollars a person.

It was same price in Dec 2022. I guess they extended it to Feb 2023. They always have some sort of sale more than once a year. Too bad last year's $5 coupon no longer works.

Last year's Ufile 2021 gave me problems with downloading from CRA using a certain bank. It had glitches. Tried contact support to fix. In the end, I had to get around it with a workaround.
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deal_with_singh wrote: Even as an accountant myself, I prefer uFile - Turbo tax just spends most of the time trying to upsell you to more expensive versions of the software or makes you do things manually.

Ufile is very simple and easy to use in general.
Thanks.
It's actually my second time trying it by myself. Do you know if I can export/carry the last year tax return from TurboTax to UFile?
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MrMello wrote: Thanks.
It's actually my second time trying it by myself. Do you know if I can export/carry the last year tax return from TurboTax to UFile?
I know for sure that UFile 2021 carry forward only from itself. They used to have carry forward from TurboTax, but last version w/ the option was UFile 2020 or year before.
klamyo wrote: Is there a group buy for 12 returns?
Important to note that for both versions (4 / 12 returns) one license could only be install on 2(TWO) PC max.

While writing it I found a fat plus for those RFDers, who want to do a group buy: TurboTax may be installed on up to three PCs.
From TurboTax website: "Note: Any TurboTax product and accompanying licence code can only be installed on up to three computers or devices (or one computer/device for TurboTax Business Incorporated users)."
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Greebo wrote:
. . . . Important to note that for both versions (4 / 12 returns) one license could only be install on 2(TWO) PC max.
I share UFile12 with just one family, but there are minimum 3 of us(data entry) on 3 different computers. Last year, I asked friend to only install on one computer in his family(2 of them sharing 1 computer), I only install on one computer. Actually, I'm working from 3 different computers at home, using different one at different time. Can u tell me what would happend if we install UFile on more than 2 computers? Thanks in advance!
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Im using turbotax in the past. I am wondering how easy to switch to different software? For example Is there anything need to carry from turbotax to a different software?
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MontrealPost wrote:
I share UFile12 with just one family, but there are minimum 3 of us(data entry) on 3 different computers. Last year, I asked friend to only install on one computer in his family(2 of them sharing 1 computer), I only install on one computer. Actually, I'm working from 3 different computers at home, using different one at different time. Can u tell me what would happend if we install UFile on more than 2 computers? Thanks in advance!
Let me rephrase "install on two PCs": one licence can be activated on two different computers. I would imagine that third activation should fail. I have used previous year UFile one two PCs: one for me, second for a fried.
Even though I know that the licence was used twice, actually licence count in the program completely unaware of other PC use.
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babykings wrote: Im using turbotax in the past. I am wondering how easy to switch to different software? For example Is there anything need to carry from turbotax to a different software?
I switched from TurboTax to UFile last year. I had to start from scratch the introduction section - 5 min extra work. Not a big deal. The important is that TurboTax & UFile can both download your T forms from CRA or other province revenue agencies.
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Anyone have a good recommendation for a macOS tax app, or a web based one where they make strong assurances about not monetizing your tax return data? Last year I looked all of the Mac apps had horrid user interfaces and we ended up sticking with UFile.

I wish a company would pick up the idea behind the original SimpleTax; a great UX with strong encryption.

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