The thought of filing taxes online raises some questions. Rather than do the typical review of the various tax packages available to Canadians, I thought I’d seek answers to questions about online tax filing. UFile was kind enough to answer my questions and provide a giveaway for readers.
The giveaway is a UFile family return suitable for a couple and their dependants. It can be used by a single individual as well. To enter the draw, send an email to the address in the top right corner of this blog. Entries must be received before Thursday at noon, eastern. The winner will be chosen at random among the entries and contacted by email.
When I first thought about filling out my income taxes online, a few questions came to mind:
1. Will my information be safe?
2. Will I be able to access my information again in future years?
3. If I have to refile my 2009 taxes in some future year, will I have to pay again?
Here are the answers I got from UFile:
1. Your tax data will be stored securely on UFile servers protected using encryption and strict security procedures.
2. UFile still maintains tax data back to the 1999 tax year. They may at some point remove very old data, but they will keep at least 10 years of tax information.
3. Once you have paid for the 2009 tax year, you won’t have to pay to access your data for that year again. Your 2009 information will remain available by password access.
The cost of UFile online tax filing is $15.95 plus sales tax for an individual, and $24.95 plus sales tax for a couple and their dependants. For individuals with an income of $20,000 or less, UFile is free. The same applies for a family, but the entire family’s total income has to be $20,000 or less to be able to file for free.
I’m interested in your experience with using UFile and any thoughts you have specifically on online tax filing rather than installing tax software on your own computer.