Top Canadian Tax Software Programs

The Best Tax Software for Canadian Small Businesses

Today's tax preparation software does more than just let you calculate your income tax and send in your return. Most tax software programs include tax planning features so you can analyze different income tax scenarios. If your business is a sole proprietorship or partnership, you'll be able to use any of the Canadian tax software in this article; if your business is incorporated, your options are more limited as you need tax software specific to the T2 tax return.

All these Canadian tax software programs are Canada Revenue Agency approved. There can be quite a difference in price, though, as you'll see in the comparison cost of the version of the software or web app that you would need to use the T1 tax form for a sole proprietorship or partnership.

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Intuit Turbotax (Formerly QuickTax)

woman entering income tax receipts
Income tax time. Image (c) PeopleImages/ Getty Images

TurboTax is a user-friendly Canadian tax software program that lets you prepare your income taxes easily and quickly. The EasyStep Interview leads you through the tax preparation process by asking questions in plain English, and tax planning is a snap because of the ability to run multiple tax scenarios, and features such as the capital gains analyzer and incorporation analyzer.

Desktop Editions:

  • TurboTax Standard (home, consultants, and small businesses - up to 8 returns - $34.99)
  • TurboTax Home & Business (consultants and small business owners, up to 12 returns - $109.99)
  • TurboTax 20 Returns (Home & Business + up to 20 Returns - $129.99)
  • TurboTax Business Incorporated (corporate T2 returns - $229.99)

Online editions:

  • TurboTax Standard ($19.99 per return)
  • TurboTax Premier ($34.99 per return)
  • TurboTax Home & Business ($49.99 per return)

The online editions do not do corporate (T2) returns.

Mobile editions:

  • TurboTax for iOS (free)
  • TurboTax for Android (free)

Note that for sole proprietors all versions provide the basic T2125 form (statement of business activities) for non-incorporated businesses. For those that need it, the more expensive editions provide "expert guidance" in the form of an extended interview format for self-employment income and expenses.

Imports: data from UFile, QuickBooks, Quicken. More

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TaxTron

closeup of TaxTron product box
Canadian income tax software. Image (c) TaxTron

TaxTron used to be GriffTax and is still the only fully functional user-friendly Canadian tax preparation software available in both individual (T1) and corporate (T2) versions for both the Macintosh OS and Windows. All versions are quick, easy, and fully bilingual, using a step-by-step approach to guide you through the tax preparation and filing process.

Editions:

  • TaxTron Individual (1 return and up to 19 additional returns with total income under $31,000 each - $12.99 for Windows, $19.99 for MacOS)
  • TaxTron Family (Up to 5 returns with total income > $31,000 each and up to 15 additional returns with total income under $31,000 each - $24.99 for Windows, $39.99 for MacOS)
  • TaxTron Coporate (for corporate T2 returns - $99.99 for Windows or MacOS, free if you have a Net Loss for tax purposes)

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GenuTax

young man working on income tax
Working on income tax. Image (c) Iaartist/ Getty Images

This Canadian tax software program has two things going for it that really appeal to me. The first is that GenuTax is free and that includes future annual updates. (The website asks that users pay by modest donation.) The second is that you can prepare and file up to 20 tax returns for the current tax year and the past tax year. (Some other tax preparation software programs designed for public use allow you to do fewer returns.) As is common, you work through an interview process to complete your tax return.

The downside? You can't use this tax software if you live in Quebec or for preparing corporate tax returns. A separate tax planning software, GenuTax Planner, is also available.

Cost: GenuTax Standard software download: pay by "modest donation".

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Cantax

mature man working on income tax
Doing income tax online. Image (c) Courtney Keating/ Getty Images

While primarily designed as a high-end product for tax professionals, Cantax is suitable for any business that needs to process multiple T1 or corporate tax returns. Two of this Canadian tax software's features that I really like are the Quick Entry screen where you can enter the data from different forms onto a single screen and the Pathfinder that makes it easier to move between form(s) and the return. 

Editions:

  • T1Plus Home Office (15 returns with single user license - $149.00)
  • T1Plus Home Office with EFILE (15 returns with single user license - $149.00)
  • T2 Pay Per File ($199.00 per return filed)
  • T2 ($418.00 for 3 returns filed)

For tax preparers there are other editions available for processing large numbers of T1 or T2 returns, see Cantax Products.

Imports: data from TurboTax or ProFile. Can also import GIFI data from accounting software. More

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UFile for Windows

woman entering income tax receipts
Tax software helps. Image (c) PeopleImages/ Getty Images

Essentially with this tax preparation software, you enter your income tax information using an interview interface. Currently this Canadian tax software program only offers personal income tax preparation (T1), but it has the capability to handle any kind of self-employment income and calculate capital gains - and can be used by Quebec residents. UFile also offers online income tax preparation and filing.

Imports: data from H&R Block or TurboTax.

Cost: UFile 4 for Windows (4 returns with single user license): $19.99 CAN

Online version of UFile: $17.99 CAN per return (add spouse for $10.00 CAN) More