Now Available: QuickTax Online Free



    
    New Free Tax Software Makes Tax Preparation Easier and Faster
    for Canadians With Simple Returns
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - There's never been a better time to toss
the pencil and paper: Canada's best-selling tax preparation software,
QuickTax, now comes in a free, online version.
    Any Canadian with a simple tax return, regardless of income level, can
now prepare and file taxes this year with QuickTax Online Free. The free
version is an easy, online tax preparation solution for Canadians who have
income from employment or pensions. And that goes for most students, too.
    Traditional tax forms can be confusing and take hours to complete, and
tax prep services often charge too much for a few minutes' work by people
using similar software. QuickTax Online Free eliminates the confusion and cuts
the time with easy-to-follow instructions and automatically completes the
forms as users input T4 or T4A slip information, tip income, pension income
and other income. Designed for simple returns, it does not include income from
investments and self-employment. The only other requirement is access to a
computer with an Internet connection.
    Users can prepare their tax return in minutes, file with NETFILE, and
receive their refund in as little as eight days, compared to four to six weeks
for paper returns. NETFILE immediately sends a receipt confirming the filing,
giving Canadians confidence that the Canada Revenue Agency received their tax
return.
    QuickTax users can also be confident they're preparing their taxes
properly and getting every refund dollar they deserve.
    "QuickTax Online Free is the easy, free solution for taxpayers who
previously took their T4 to a tax service but don't want to pay big bucks for
a simple return," said Gene Lewis, general manager of Intuit's Canadian tax
division. "And those who filed with pencil and paper for cost reasons can be
confident they'll get their best possible return and receive it much faster.
They'll even save the price of a stamp."

    
    Other QuickTax Online Free Highlights:

    -  Easy and helpful: The exclusive EasyStep(TM) interview asks
       straightforward questions and automatically places answers into the
       form. It also skips questions that don't apply to a user's specific
       circumstances, speeding up the entire preparation process. QuickTax
       Online Free provides step-by-step support, and double-checks for
       accuracy and completeness.

    -  Free support: QuickTax Online Free also includes free e-mail support
       for users and free Web-based product support, offering online chat and
       answers to frequently asked questions.

    -  Only in QuickTax! Live Community: Taxpayers can ask questions, share
       information with each other and get answers from support agents
       through the Live Community forum built into QuickTax Online Free. The
       Community provides real-time answers when users want them, or lets
       them search a database of thousands of context-specific tax scenario
       questions. Last year, more than 140,000 people connected on Live
       Community, asking and answering almost 16,000 questions.
    

    More Complex Tax Needs?

    Users who start their QuickTax Free return, only to find that their tax
situation is more complicated than expected, can easily upgrade to QuickTax
Standard Online edition. All the information they have entered will be carried
over. QuickTax includes a full range of online and desktop products and
services for almost any Canadian tax scenario.

    New! QuickTax Online Student

    Students can also prepare their taxes free with the new QuickTax Online
Student Edition. Designed specifically for students, it checks every possible
tax credit and deduction available to them and is free for those who made less
than $20,000 last year. It's available at: www.quicktax.ca.

    Pricing and Availability

    In addition to QuickTax Online Free and the new QuickTax Online Student
Edition, QuickTax includes a full range of online and desktop products and
services for almost any Canadian tax scenario. Prices start at $14.99 for
QuickTax Online Standard and $19.99 for QuickTax Basic, available on CD or by
download. Users can find a full list of features and helpful tips on how to
choose the right version for them at www.quicktax.ca.
    Intuit products are available at all major software retailers, including
Staples, Wal-Mart, Costco, Shoppers Drug Mart, Office Depot, Best Buy, Future
Shop, and London Drugs.

    About Intuit Canada

    Intuit Canada ULC is a leading provider of business, financial and tax
management solutions for small- and mid-sized businesses, consumers and
accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including
Quicken(R), QuickBooks(R), QuickBooks(R) Enterprise Solutions, SuccèsPME,
QuickTax, and ImpôtRapideMC, simplify personal finance, business accounting,
and tax preparation and filing.
    Additional offerings include ProFile(R), a professional tax preparation
software suite, the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program and the Intuit Developer
Network for professional users and developers. All are provided by Intuit
Canada or through its partners.
    Intuit Canada has employees located in Edmonton, Calgary, Mississauga,
Montreal and Ottawa. Intuit Canada is an affiliate of Intuit Inc., which is
listed on the Nasdaq stock market under the symbol INTU. More information can
be found at www.intuit.ca.
    QuickTax is the registered mark of LexisNexis Canada Inc., used by Intuit
Canada under license.





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Geoffrey Morgan, Intuit, (905) 366-9449, Geoffrey_morgan@intuit.com; Hilary
Bassett, MAVERICK PR, (416) 640-5525 ext. 245, hilaryb@maverickpr.com

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