A while ago I announced a quick contest for a version of on-line Turbotax 2014 Tax Year (Canadian On-line edition), and yes I have told the winners about it, all they have to do is return my e-mail some time this week, or I will pick other winners.
I have gone out and purchased my own copy of Turbotax (I figured I’d get my own, that way I wouldn’t feel obliged to be nice in my views on the software), and I bought the version that runs on the PC (for my own paranoid reasons).
So far I am let down, that some of the shortcomings I have seen in the past, still haven’t been dealt with, namely the inability to copy and paste medical expenses (typing in 25 Occupational Therapist visits for my son, does get a bit repetitive), but mostly the software seems to be working fine for me, with a few issues that I have run into (so far).
- The lack of “DO YOU REALLY WANT TO DELETE THAT?” boxes on a few of the commands has caused me some grief. I had “cleared” my son from my dependants list, and it just let me, without any neat dialog boxes warning me that this might be a bad thing. I had just typed in those 26 Medical expenses and hadn’t saved, so I had to figure out how to recreate my son.I think it would be safe to say any place a “CLEAR” button exist there should be a corresponding, “ARE YOU SURE?!?!?” dialog box associated with it.
- An autosave capability would have been nice with that first problem too, or maybe a revert back to a previous saved version.
I still have not received any tax documentation from my employer so I may have more to say soon (I also have a collasal amount of checking of receipts for tuition, rent and the like as well). Tax season has begun (it would seem).
So far so good for Turbotax
, it works just fine (as I said, so far).
Yes, it’s that time of the year, where the Tax man is beefing up their Helpline, RRSP vendors are out for your last buck, and financial bloggers like me give you useful tax tips, in Canada, it is Tax Time!
This is the season when folks like Mark over at the Blunt Bean Counter earn their money, and I start getting odd e-mails about whether you can claim your dog as a dependent (the simple answer is NO! you cannot).
How better to celebrate this festive season than a Turbotax (on-line) giveaway. What is Turbotax on-line? Here is a helpful blurb about the software:
With TurboTax Online or ImpôtRapide en ligne, you prep your taxes and pay at the end, when you’re happy with the result and ready to NETFILE.
As this is Canada, I like to stick with the concept that contest winners need to answer a skill testing question, or have to do something (I don’t give stuff away for free, just ask my kids).
This year we have a simple question that, you must answer in the comments of this article, by February 6th to be considered for this free software (I am giving 3 codes away).
Question: The stupidest thing I ever left off my tax return was _____________
(fill in the blank)
The winner will be chosen (at random) from the entries that qualify (i.e. you can’t just put in, “GIVE ME THE SOFTWARE” and be considered).
: You must
supply a valid e-mail address or your entry will not qualify.
… than doing my taxes. Yes, that was NOT one of the winning entries in the nth annual, world famous, Canadian Financial Place TurboTax Giveaway.
This year we saw a great deal of imagination in the responses to the question:
I’d rather be _____ than doing my taxes
OK, when I say imagination, I actually meaning, deeply disturbing verbage, but as promised winners were chosen (at random), as I couldn’t choose only 5 of these deeply worrisome comments. They will be informed and will hopefully reply in the correct time frame.
What would you rather be doing
Here are some of the more interesting responses:
Frugal guy with a balance does get the award for the most graphic example:
I’d rather trot to Hell on a fast horse with a porcupine saddle than doing my taxes.
Summer Plewes is another with quite the dislike of doing her taxes too:
I would rather be sticking hot needles through my eye while listening to Bieber sing than doing my taxes.
Wendi1 wins for the longest response:
I’d rather be scrapping hard packed ice off my car…
Repairing the window that was broken by a fallen tree limb…
Swabbing out the basement…
Cleaning disgusting rotted food out of my freezer…
And doing physio to help heal my twisted ankle.
Birdiebee sums up a lot of the other comments, I’d rather be doing anything than my taxes:
I’d rather be cleaning the toilet than doing my taxes.
Thanks to all the entrants, we’ll do this again soon!
The nice folks at TurboTax have given me (again) 5 (five) codes to use their TurboTax on-line system, and now all I have to do is give them out.
Now how should we do this? Previously I really enjoyed the Two Line Financial Horror story challenge, which was quite terrifying to read (and judge), however this time we will go for something a little simpler.
This year’s challenge, answer the following question in the comments to this post:
I’d rather be _____ than doing my taxes
I realize for some who really love the tax system (I’m looking at you Blunt Bean Counter) they can’t fill this in, but for the rest of us common folks, it shouldn’t be that hard, can it?
Submit your answer in the comments and I will be announcing the winner(s), on Thursday January 23rd. You must include an e-mail address where you can be reached to be a winner. I will send you an e-mail “pinging” you if you are a winner, you have 24 hours to respond, if you don’t I will move on to the next entry.
Yes, this year I have had 3 on line licenses for Turbotax donated to me, and I would like to give them to you, good reader, as a way of saying, Thanks for hanging around.
As with all normal Canadian Giveaways, there will be a skill testing question, and this year is no different, so to win you must leave a comment (on this post) answering the following skill testing question:
Q: Prove that you have the skill of writing the English language by writing a sentence (in quotes to prove this is the sentence you want me to check the skill on) stating, “Why the Canajun Finances Web Site doesn’t suck as badly as other financial sites“. If you leave a comment (in quotes) of this format (and remember to leave a VALID e-mail address I have more than once had “winners” who I couldn’t contact) and leave the e-mail address in the comment form, not in the comment (don’t need your info snarf’ed either), you could WIN one of the licenses.
Tax season has begun and with that a chance to win stuff, doesn’t that make this site suck less than other financial sites?
Disclaimers & Clarifications:
- This is ON LINE Turbo Tax, you will receive a registration code from me via e-mail, Standard Edition, I am assuming too.
- If you don’t include an e-mail address or a quote in your comment, you can’t win (it’s that simple)
- I am not making anything on this one, didn’t even get a free copy for myself, I’ll go buy one for me.
- I also won’t be part of the Turbo Tax affiliate program either
- Winner will be announced on Friday February 15th, 2013 on that day’s post.