Friday, April 22, 2016

Tax Filing Made Easy with TurboTax Online {giveaway}

I’m finding it a little hard to believe, but it’s already almost the end of April. I admit I’m in a bit of denial, because the end of April means the tax filing deadline – and I haven’t even started mine yet!! I’m now frantically scouring my calendar to find a chunk of time next week I can commit to this. Wish me luck!

I’ve been doing my own taxes since I was a teen. Back then they were easy – just my income and the standard deductions. One T-4 and a tax form. Later, tuition deductions on a T-2202A also came into play. But as the years went by, my taxes became more complicated, with more grown-up deductions to consider. Now with my own business they are almost more than I can handle, and I’ve considered passing everything off to an accountant, to have a professional ensure I’m not missing any deductions to which I’m entitled. But for the time-being I am sticking to the DIY method, with the help of my online filing buddy – TurboTax!

What do I love about TurboTax? Well, it’s all online, so I’m not shuffling paper forms, and all the calculations are done for me automatically. Not sure whether I should claim our charitable contributions or apply them to my husband’s return? No problem! I can try both scenarios and TurboTax immediately updates our refund total. Perhaps even more importantly as my tax situation gets more complicated, Turbo Tax prompts me, provides links to Revenue Canada instructions and explanations, and answers so many questions about what I can and can’t claim. Once I’m done, TurboTax prepares our submissions and everything goes electronically for processing.

A Giveaway

Honestly, I’m sold on TurboTax online as it has helped me so much over the last several years. When I log in next week to start my 2015 taxes, relevant information from my 2014 return will already be there. They know me J Because I have had such a great experience with this tax software, I am happy to be able to share this experience with three of my readers. I have 3 TurboTax Premier codes available for giveaway!

Ready to win? Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm, April 27. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.  Oh! You can start your return for free now at You can wait to pay until you are ready to file, so if you haven’t filed yet, start now, and if you win, just use your code then J

A Twitter Party

If you haven’t yet filed your taxes, or even if you have, you can join @TurboTaxCanada on Twitter, April 26, from 7-9pm EDT, to get the answers to all your last-minute income tax questions. There's no RSVP necessary for the party, just join in the conversation using the hashtag #TurboTaxParty, and you'll be eligible to win randomly awarded TurboTax Online codes during the first half hour. But there's a little something extra - if you do RSVP, by noon on April 25, you will be eligible for a drawing for some fun treats, like pizza or doughnuts, that will arrive at the winner's door just in time for the party. Sounds good, right? See all the details on the TurboTax blog.  Tweet you there!

Disclosure: TurboTax has provided these codes for giveaway and also a code for my own use. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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