Expanded QuickTax Lineup Makes New Tax Rules a Breeze



    Canada's number one best selling tax software offers a new ECO-Choice
    $10 cash back incentive -- helps save money, cuts paper waste

    EDMONTON, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Canadians have never had more choice when it
comes to doing their taxes. From the most basic tax situation to an in-depth
business return, the QuickTax suite of tax preparation products has been
extended this year to offer a version for every tax scenario. Canada's number
one best-selling tax preparation software has also been extended to include a
broad range of online software to complement the desktop products, so users
can choose how they want to prepare and file. Also new for this year, many
QuickTax users who NETFILE can take advantage the ECO-Choice cash back rebate
offer, making QuickTax even less expensive for more than half of Canada's
QuickTax users.
    QuickTax makes navigating the deduction waters easy. New for this year,
QuickTax Standard, Platinum and Business Unincorporated include a Deduction
Maximizer toolbox that lists all possible deductions from A to Z - meaning
even more tax saving opportunities can be identified. Want to know everything
about deductions for dental work? Click the letter D in the Maximizer. Only
QuickTax has the Deduction Maximizer toolbox.
    "Preparing your taxes shouldn't be difficult, and there should never be
any question about whether you'll receive the refund you deserve," said
Michael Hladun, group marketing manager, Intuit Canada. "QuickTax is easy to
use and guarantees 100 per cent accurate calculations, which helps give
Canadians peace of mind at tax time."
    QuickTax features the exclusive EasyStep(TM) interview, which asks
plain-language questions and provides step-by-step guidance, and automatically
completes the forms as users prepare their taxes. Each QuickTax product is
designed for a specific type of tax scenario, from basic to business, and
generates a specialized interview to ensure it captures virtually every
relevant deduction. That's one reason why the average refund for QuickTax
users is more than $1300. QuickTax even includes additional tax tips and video
right in the software, which provides more detailed how-to explanations. The
right-hand navigation pane in QuickTax shows users where they are in the
preparation process, and keeps a running total of the expected refund or
amount due on the screen at all times. It's easy and you are in complete
control!
    The Express interview within EasyStep further simplifies and speeds up
the tax process for less-complicated tax situations by customizing the
interview process and presenting only the questions and forms those users
need. QuickTax also has an automated Carry Forward for returning users, which
brings forward information from the previous year from both QuickTax and
TAXWIZ software, in addition to any tax deductions not taken in the previous
year.

    New: a wide range of online options

    New for this year, QuickTax online software has been extended to include
Standard, Platinum and Business Unincorporated versions. Only Intuit Canada
offers a broad range of online tax preparation solutions. QuickTax online
users also have access to thousands of other QuickTax users through the Intuit
Canada Live Community, accessed from within QuickTax. Ask questions and get
immediate answers in real-time or have an open discussion about matters
relating to where the user is within the return. There are no downloads or
software to install with QuickTax online, and it features the same 128-bit
security encryption technology used by major Canadian banks. Best of all, you
only pay when you are satisfied with your return and are ready to file. Visit
quicktax.ca to try QuickTax online today.

    Changing tax rules, pensions and RRSPs? Don't Worry!

    Canada's new pension and income splitting rules offer opportunities for
savings, but finding them can be confusing and time consuming. QuickTax's
unique interview process always ensures users get deductions based on their
individual tax situation. For example, QuickTax facilitates pension splitting
for seniors and optimizes income splitting for couples. QuickTax features many
tools to help users maximize their return, including optimizers for CPP
Income, CPP Sharing, Medical Expenses, Charitable Donations and more. A full
list and breakdown by product version is available at quicktax.ca. QuickTax is
always up-to-date with new tax laws and the most recent changes to government
tax allowances.
    The QuickTax RRSP Optimizer helps maximize contributions and secure the
best possible refund by analyzing individual tax situations and identifying
money-saving strategies. The built-in slider-bar instantly reveals the effect
of different RRSP contributions on net income, average tax rate, taxes owed or
refund due.

    Canada's Only Accuracy Guarantee

    No one wants to miss a money saving opportunity. As users prepare their
return, QuickTax double-checks for errors and inconsistencies. Unlike other
products, QuickTax goes beyond simply checking for errors and actually looks
for and alerts users to any missed savings. QuickTax performs an extensive
review of your return to highlight tax saving opportunities and is the only
consumer tax software to offer a 100 per cent accuracy calculation guarantee:
Intuit Canada will pay any penalties due to an error in its software,
excluding penalties caused by errors in Canadian Revenue Agency tables.

    ECO-Choice: a win-win for the planet and your pocketbook

    QuickTax has made pencils and erasers a thing of the past, and now we can
do away with excess paper. Every tax return printed and mailed to the Canada
Revenue Agency uses a minimum of 13 pages of paper, which must then be
converted into an electronic file. QuickTax is doing its part to reduce paper
waste: every QuickTax user who files via NETFILE using a CD or Download
version of QuickTax Standard, QuickTax Platinum, or QuickTax Business
Unincorporated for at least one return can claim $10 cash back rebate per
product copy. Users simply need to click the ECO-choice link in QuickTax,
complete the online form after they NETFILE and wait for their $10 cheque.
QuickTax also includes a step-by-step demo on how to NETFILE. The added bonus
of NETFILE: users can receive their tax refund in as little as eight days.
    With 60 per cent of QuickTax users filing only one or two returns over
$25k net individual income, the ECO-Choice cash back offer means more than
half of QuickTax users will pay less this year than they did last year when
they take advantage of ECO-Choice.

    The Most Extensive Customer Support, Seven Days a Week

    Intuit Canada offers the country's widest options for product support.
English and French support teams provide free technical support seven days a
week by phone (English available 8 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. EST/French available
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST), chat and email during tax season, from January 21 -
May 2, 2008.

    
    Pricing and Availability

    The complete QuickTax 2008 product lineup includes:

    -   Basic is for simple tax returns, a T4, some charitable donations.
           -  CD and Download - $19.99

    -   Standard is the ideal product for individuals & families who want to
        maximize deductions, such as RRSP contributions, medical expenses or
        tuition, and spousal & dependant credits. Standard is available as
        installed software or for use online. The ECO-Choice $10.00 credit is
        applicable to Standard CD and Download.
           -  CD and Download - $39.99
           -  On-line - $19.99 (per return)

    -   Platinum is for those with investments. Perfect for investment income
        and deductions, capital gains or losses, retirement planning or
        rental property owners. Platinum is available as installed software
        or for use online. The ECO-Choice $10.00 credit is applicable to
        Platinum CD and Download.
           -  CD and Download - $59.99
           -  On-line - 29.99 (per return)

    -   Business Unincorporated is perfect for those that want to file
        business and personal returns in one, such as sole proprietors,
        contract workers and self-employed people. Business is available as
        installed software or for use online. The ECO-Choice $10.00 credit is
        applicable to Business CD and Download.
           -  CD and Download - 79.99
           -  On-line - 39.99 (per return)

    -   All CD and Download products include 2 returns for individuals with
        net annual income of over $25,000 or higher. You can process up to
        18 additional returns from within the CD version of QuickTax, and
        those returns are free for net annual incomes of less than $25,000.

    Details are available at quicktax.ca. Intuit Canada products are available
at all major software retailers, including Staples, Best Buy, Future Shop,
London Drugs and Office Depot.
    

    About Intuit Canada

    Intuit Canada Limited is a leading provider of business, financial and
tax management solutions for small- and mid-sized businesses, consumers and
accounting professionals. Key products and services include Quicken(R),
QuickBooks(R), QuickBooks(R) Succès PME, QuickTax, and ImpôtRapide(MC). Intuit
Canada Limited directly, or through its partners, offers ProFile(R), a
professional tax preparation software suite, the QuickBooks ProAdvisor
Program, the Intuit Developer Network for professional users and developers
and other products and services. Intuit Canada Limited and its partners enable
individuals, small businesses, retailers and financial professionals to better
manage their financial lives and businesses. Visit www.intuit.ca and
www.accountant.intuit.ca for additional product information. Intuit Canada
Limited is headquartered in Edmonton and has employees located in Calgary,
Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Intuit Canada Limited is a subsidiary of Intuit
Inc., and is listed on the Nasdaq stock market under the symbol INTU.

    QuickTax is the registered mark of LexisNexis Canada Inc., used by Intuit
Canada under license.





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For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Cheryll Watson, Intuit Canada, (780) 450-5869, cheryll_watson@intuit.com;
Melissa Jacot, MAVERICK Public Relations, (416) 640-5525, ext. 238,
melissaj@maverickpr.com

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