Contest: File your taxes for free online with H&R Block

Here is your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of H&R Block’s At Home Online Tax Program!

One of the best things I could have done for myself a few years ago was start to file my own taxes. Instead of spending $100+ to go to an accountant, I took the time to learn to do it myself. And not only is it extremely satisfying, but I’ve learned a ton about how taxes work, including deductions I didn’t even know about.

I’ve actually taken a look at a bunch of different tax software (both free and paid), and recently I was given the chance to check out the H&R Block online tax program – and I really like it. And best of all, the program supports all kinds of tax returns. Even if you have complicated ones – which includes self-employed income (like me), rental, or small business returns.

Here’s a screenshot of what the program looks like once you start:

All you have to do is gather all of your income and deduction slips. Then,the program will walk you through your return step-by-step, pick the forms that you will need, do all of the calculations for you, and check for errors.

There are THREE ways to enter (for a total of 3 possible entries):

  1. +1 entry: Tweet about the contest (copy and paste the following: “I just entered to win free online tax software from @HRBlockCanada and @krystalatwork! Enter now! http://wp.me/pPQjl-2qX“).
  2. +1 entry: Comment on this blog post and tell me if you file your taxes on your own, or if you use an accountant – and why.
  3. +1 entry: There is a link to this post on my Facebook page. “Share” the link with your followers.

Rules:

  • I am giving away three (3) codes to file your taxes online with H&R Block. Each person who enters is only eligible to win one (1) prize.
  • Only open to Canadians.
  • Contest closes February 12, 2012 at 5pm PST.
  • The winner will be picked using Random.org.
  • If you are an anonymous commenter, please remember to leave your e-mail address when filling out your comment, otherwise your entry will be disqualified.

Good luck! :)

About Krystal Yee

I'm a writer, personal finance blogger, and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I'm a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner's Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I'm not working, you can usually find me running, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.

70 comments

  1. I used H&R Block to file my tax last year as I’m new to Canada. By reading your post, I plan to file my tax online as well this year. Hope I win this contest!!

  2. I’m a huge fan and advocate of self-filing taxes. I’ve been doing my own since I finished university, and I normally use TurboTax online. I love the satisfying feeling of having done them myself, and I honestly can’t wait until I’ve got all the paperwork so I can file ASAP. Seriously. Would love to give the H&R Block online system a try!

  3. I go to H&R block to get my taxes done as I feel i am not knowledgeable to do it myself.
    Thanks

  4. this will be the first year that I file my taxes myself :)

  5. Until last year, I worked for H & R Block. I truely believe they offer an excellent service. This year I will be uying the soft ware to do mine at home.

  6. We do our taxes online because it is fast and cheap.

  7. This is the first time I’m going to be filing my own taxes! In the past I’ve been leeching off of my mom’s company accountant and I’m looking forward to doing it on my own :)

  8. In the past I’ve used an accoutant, but this year I’m going to give it a try myself.

  9. My husband does my taxes much easier for me that way

  10. I do the taxes for the whole family as no one else wants to do them

  11. I file my own taxes for the same reasons you do.

  12. Last year was the first year I did my taxes myself, and we did them the old fashioned way… it was strangely really, really fun… but we want to do them online this year and give that a shot – plus, it means a quicker return…

  13. I just shove all my tax slips in an envelope and hope the CRA will figure it out.

    Jokes, I do it myself. Usually TurboTax, but compared to H&R Block’s $15.50 service (plus the free audit help which is 40 bucks at TT), I was strongly considering H&R Block. They’re a very competitive market entrant which is exciting.

  14. I’ve been filing my own taxes for about a decade. I have accounting training, so it’s not a big deal for me. I have always used QuickTax (now called TurboTax), but it would be nice to try something different.

  15. I use to do you taxes with an accountant but last year he charged me 300+ and i didn’t even have a full T4 slip I plan to do them on line this year or on my own. I signed up for a password with Revcan and everything!

  16. Oh! Me, please! Now that I’m no longer a student and eligible for the student H&R Block rate, I need to file myself lest I pay exorbitant fees to an accountant.

  17. I always do my own taxes (and my mother’s). It’s the best way to really understand where my money is going and how to maximize the amount that stays in my pocket…

  18. As Kimberly and some others have said, I use TurboTax, year in and year out.

    The DIY approach using such tools is easy, you just have to be organized and make sure that you maximize the contribution that pay you back come tax-time — charitable donations, RRSP contributions, etc. E-file and direct deposit (3 day turnaround is my record — from send off to money in the bank account).

    Dropping a big refund into your RRSP or the mortgage or loans is an added bonus.

  19. I’ve done ours for the past several years, mainly to save the money/time of going to an accountant.

  20. I file it myself as it is cheaper than paying someone else to do it.

  21. I haven’t tried filing taxes on my own yet. This is something unconventional. Would it save you much money if you do it yourself rather than hiring an accountant?

    I’d definitely love to join this contest!

    -Ernest

  22. I do my own taxes through using an online tax software. Mine has self employed income as well as regular income. I like doing it a d learning about the various tax savings etc.

  23. I do my own taxes because I can.

  24. Thanks for the recommendation, really helped me out, I was struggling filling in the paperwork.

  25. I have always taken my taxes to H&R Block. We often get audited for some reason and I’m a little scared of the taxman… I like to have someone to look out for me. I always go to the same lady and she’s great, but I moved this year so I don’t know what to do!

  26. Right now I have an accountant friend who does my tax return. I use an accountant because he doesn’t charge me, and he does a really good job. It’s great, but I would like to do it myself, for all the reasons you stated. I tried it once and missed a bunch of deductions, so I would love to have a program to help me out this year.

  27. I file my own taxes basically by accident.

    I was on co-op for 8 months in Anchorage, Alaska, so I had to file US taxes for that year. Thankfully we had an agency that helped the co-op students throughout our co-op term and afterwards. They basically reminded us to file our taxes and to use one of those free online tax software to do so. After I did that, it occurred to me to do my Canadian taxes the same way. Prior to this I had never filed taxes in any country – I was a student and didn’t really have any income either before the co-op. So yeah, there you go :) I have been filing my taxes on my own every year now.

  28. For the last couple of years I have taken mine to Money Mart. I just thought it was a lot easier because they can find all of the deductions and get it done properly. It also helped that I got my money that day or the next day.

    This year I have already told my Fiance we should do them ourselves! It is our first year living away from our homes and I’d rather have the $100+ in my pocket and not in Money Mart’s!

  29. i use h&r block’s file at home software. a couple of years ago when i was looking, it was the cheapest out of the “reputable” options and i’ve used it ever since – with a coupon code of course!

  30. I file my own taxes because I think it is a waste of money to pay an accountant. I usually use a software program

  31. I usually do my own taxes to save money.

  32. I have been doing my own taxes ever since I was 16. I used TELEFILE on the first time, then assorted online software, and now I’ve developed my own Excel sheets but still rely on ufile/turbotax/etc so I can use EFILE

  33. I go to H&R to file my taxes. I’m afraid of messing up!

  34. Very easy to use tax packages

  35. I file my own taxes, and have to confess that I’ve never done it electronically before. I’ve always done them by hand (instilled in me by my dad since I was in high school), and it never made sense to pay $15 to file electronically when I could it for free by hand.

    I’ve love to try this software though!

  36. I help out with CRA’s Canada Volunteer Income Tax Program every spring at the local libraries, so if you make < $20K or know a student/neighbour/senior/new immigrant that needs help with filing their Income Tax for FREE, just Google CVITP.

  37. I do it myself as my taxes are not that complicated. I usually use U-File

  38. I use UFile software — it’s quite good.

    Would welcome an opportunity to try the HR software. Thanks

  39. I do my own taxes manually which makes it an unpleasant chore.

  40. I’ve done my own taxes for the last 5 years (before that, my mother did my taxes – this was part of what she did for a living). I’ve used Ufile in the past but now I have to file jointly with my partner and he says there is cheaper software available online.

  41. I’ve always done my own taxes, probably because my parents always did their own, however I have never filed electronically and have always done them manually. Also, this is the first year I will be filing with my partner – a year of changes!

  42. Or you can use STUDIO TAX which is free. simple and works great.

  43. I file my taxes on my own – using UFile. I have never had any issues with it. I don’t think I have to use an accountant as my taxes have always been pretty standard – and I don’t want to pay for something I can do myself.
    That said, this year I will have many more credits, etc. (HBP from my RRSPs, tuition, transit and I bought a house!) And this is the first time I will be filing with my partner…here’s hoping it goes smoothly!

  44. Last year we filed on our own, with my husband doing most the work. It was nice not to pay an accountant, and to learn more about deductions. I bit worried this year as we bought a house…anything to look out for with this?

  45. I have always done my taxes on my own. Each year I check out all the changes so hopefully I don’t screw anything up. I also do them for family and friends for free.

  46. I file my own taxes, but I feel like they’re getting increasingly more complicated now that I have investments and an employer pension. And I’m no longer a student so I think I have to pay for online filing now? I’m so confused =( help this girl out lol

  47. I did my own taxes when I was in highschool and they were straight forward. Since I began university I have had an accountant do them becasuse I wasn’t sure how to include all my tuition, rent, books etc. I would love to get back to doing them myself

  48. Turbo Tax (Quick Tax)! Inexpensive, limited paperwork and you can file online.

  49. I use StudioTax and I file my own income taxes because it’s fun and free and I enjoy learning about ways to save on taxes.

  50. I do the taxes for the family, and I love doing it, but every year I get something back saying they adjusted it. I’d love to have the software to help me where I’m going wrong.

  51. I love filing my own taxes. I have been doing this for a few years now and i also help others who are unfornate to pay someone to do theirs and cannot complete them themselves. I would love a have a copy from u to make filing more accurate. thank you!

  52. I take my forms and file at H&R year after year, for the convenience of having it done for me. I’ve always wanted to try and submit my own sometime, but I fear that i might go wrong or neglect to apply a credit for myself. I imagine it would be simple to do, mine would be basic and outright, I would like this year to be the year that I make an attempt to do it, worth a try anyways!

  53. I have been doing my own taxes for years now and actually am a volunteer tax preparer as part of CVITP.

    Count me in for the draw :)

  54. I used to use an accountant because I was young and silly and didn’t realize how easy they were online. Now I use online when I can.

  55. I don’t file my own taxes – my dad has been doing it for me (and the rest of my family) forever. But, as part of working towards being a fiscally responsible grown-up, I decided I want to do my own taxes this year, and told him that. This would totally help me achieve that goal! :)

  56. I used this software for my 2009 and 2010 taxes!! I plan to continue with it! It is easy to use and great for beginners too!

  57. this would be great for my taxes

  58. I have always filed my taxes by myself – I can’t justify the cost of a service and I enjoy the challenge. I have used H&R Block software for the last 2 years and will never go back to paper filing. Love it!

  59. My husband used to do both of ours, but since he passed away, I have been using a tax service

  60. My wife has done my taxes for me for the past 15 years!

  61. Doing my taxes since last 5 years!!

  62. Always do my own. Why pay someone else to do something I can do myself?

  63. I complete the tax returns for both me and my husband and have been using paper forms. Software might take some of the pain away!!!

  64. A million apologies, the auto form filler put in an inactive email address for my previous comment, this one is correct. Sorry.

  65. I file my own taxes for the same reasons you do. I really enjoy doing it myself! It’s a nice challenge and I think it would be a waste of money to pay an accountant to do it for me.

  66. Would love to try this out.

  67. I file my own with help from my dad. My taxes aren’t really complex so there’s not much an accountant can add.

  68. I file my taxes on my own and always have. All the information ion deductions and rules is available on- line. I don’t like paying fit tax software as I believe that the government should provide it for free.

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