Tips & Advice

Do I Need to File Taxes?

If you received any income or benefits, then you’re obligated to file a tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Even if you had no income, or were tax exempt, you still have to file your taxes to get the benefits and credits you might be entitled to, such as GST/HST tax credit, the Canada Child Benefit, the Working Income Tax Benefit, and the Guaranteed Income Supplement to name the most common of them.

I Can NOT Do My Own Taxes!

Yes you can.  Trust us.  Many Canadians have felt the same way about their own taxes, and then as they started to go through the software, seeing how they are guided through each section with ease.

Once you get past the thought of doing your own taxes and actually try it – and you can try it for free – you will never go back.  Ever.

There is something empowering about doing your own taxes.

How to do your taxes on your own

From simple to complicated, TurboTax has options to suit every tax situation. You can even choose between filing your taxes on your computer using our TurboTax download versions, or filing your taxes online.

No matter which version you choose, all you have to do is answer a few questions about yourself and let TurboTax do the rest. We’ll check over 400 credits and deductions for you automatically, and make your get your maximum refund – guaranteed.

All of our TurboTax software is NETFILE certified, which means that your information is securely submitted directly to the Canada Revenue Agency after you’ve completed your return.

Do you need help doing your taxes?

While TurboTax makes filing your own taxes simple, we understand that some people may still feel overwhelmed by DIY options. If you need some extra help with your taxes this year, we’ve got a couple solutions that would be perfect for you.

With TurboTax Live, you can choose between two brand new ways to get your taxes done:

  • With Assist & Review, you can connect with an on-screen tax expert who will answer any questions you have, and even give your return a final review before you file.
  • If you need more assistance and prefer to leave it in the trusted hands of a professional, you can use Full Service and have one of our TurboTax Experts prepare, review, and file your taxes entirely on your behalf.

How do I file taxes for a deceased person?

If you need to file a tax return for someone who has passed away, the due date for their return will depend on the date of death, and whether or not that person owned a business.

Before you even begin filling out the tax return, we’ll ask you up front if you are filing for someone who is deceased – if you select this option, you’ll be prompted to enter that person’s information and continue filling out their return as you would your own.

If you’re filing for your spouse who has passed, it’s slightly different. You will have to print your spouse’s return separately and mail it directly to the Canada Revenue Agency.

When is your tax return deadline?

The deadline to submit your tax return is April 30th. However, if you’re self-employed, you have until June 15, to file your business return. Regardless of your employment situation, any balance owing must be paid on or before the April 30th tax return deadline to avoid penalties and interest charges.

There’s no need to worry! TurboTax will let you know of any balance owing directly after filling out your return, before you finish filing your taxes so you know where you stand. We make it easy to file your taxes on your own, or get the help you need for any tax situation. Also, when you file with TurboTax, you can be assured that your taxes will be done accurately.