TurboTax Canada (previously Quick Tax) has become a synonym for tax software. With over 80% of the market share TurboTax is Canada’s #1 selling tax software. TurboTax is one of the most intuitive and user-friendly tax softwares out there.

I personally have used TurboTax (and Quick Tax) for five years now and have been very satisfied with the software. For the past two years I have switched from the desktop version to the online version and it has been great!

This review is for TurboTax Canadian version. For US version TurboTax and other tax software discounts along with tax tips visit our Tax Center!

Online vs. Desktop

The online version is not only cheaper but also more convenient than the desktop version. The best part of the online version is that it is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. For example, if you have some time before a meeting at work or during your lunch hour you can use the time to work on your taxes and finalize your return. The online version makes tax filling extremely simple and convenient.

When I started my tax return for this year TurboTax automatically imported my information from my last year’s filling. This included my personal information as well as the tax credits I had from previous years; as you can appreciate, this information saved me a great deal of time and hassle!

I would highly recommend the online version of TurboTax over the desktop.

Tubo Tax Data Import

5 Easy Steps

As previously mentioned, TurboTax is very user friendly and perfect for those without a detailed understanding of tax laws. TurboTax’s 5 Easy Steps is just that, easy.

It is basically an interview process that collects the relevant information in order to process your information accurately and maximize your return. It asks you about your income, donations, tuitions, medical expenses, RRSP contributions, investment income and losses, etc. If you answer “yes” to any of the preliminary questions, it will likely proceed with follow up questions to better determine your tax situation. For example, when you answer “yes” to having an income a set of follow up questions ask for more details, such as; the source of your income, if you had work related expenses, etc. This guide makes tax filling extremely convenient and ensures you get the maximum refund.

Tax Savings Opportunities/Warnings

If TurboTax determines that you may have missed a deduction or credit, it gives you a reminder and the criteria for qualification towards the end of the return. If it applies to you, you can go back and update the info or continue with your filling if you do not qualify.

If there are any discrepancies or inconsistency in your return you will also get a warning towards the end to correct those before submitting.

Turbo Tax-Tax savings

RRSP Optimizer

This is one of my favorite features. The RRSP optimizer does exactly that, it helps you optimize your RRSP deductions. After you have entered your income and RRSP information, this tool allows you to play around and see how you can improve your return. You can simply move the slider to see how much your return will be if you increased your RRSP contribution by a specific amount. Or you can click on the “Maximize my Refund” to determine how much you need to contribute to get the maximum refund. [Remember the RRSP deadline this year, here is a comparison list of discount brokerages for your RRSP‘s]

Turbo Tax RRSP Optimizer

FREE Tax Advice!

And that’s not all there is to Turbo Tax! Last year TurboTax launched 24/7 FREE Tax Advice. This is a fantastic service for Canadians. These are tax accountants, MBAs and tax professionals that can help you 24/7 via one-on-one chat or phone conversations. If you are wondering whether a credit applies to you or how to report a specific income, just pick up the phone and speak with a tax professional. Note that, as we get closer to the deadline, April 30th, the lines may get busier.


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Ray is an ex-financial adviser and the founder of Financial Highway. Currently working in the financial industry and working towards completing his Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA, designation.