I recently had the opportunity to interview Joanne Birtch, Vice president Marketing and New Business Development, Dr Tax Software Inc. to discuss UFile as we get into the tax season.
Tom: Joanne, thanks for joining us on Canadian Finance Blog. Can you tell us what sets UFile apart from other tax software options available to Canadians?
Joanne: UFile is unique from other tax software in that it uses the same tax calculation engine as our professional product. Professionals look for reliability and advanced optimization features that help them reduce the tax payable by their clients. UFile delivers these feature to consumers with an easy to use, customized interview method. UFile is also fully Canadian-owned and is developed, produced and supported entirely in Canada.
Tom: How about the different versions, what options are best for what type of person?
Joanne: UFile is offered ONLINE and for installation on the user’s computer. Both products can do all kinds of tax returns. UFile does not charge more for more complex tax returns. Whether you use UFile ONLINE or install it on your computer is dependant on the number of returns you prepare. The UFile for Windows Standard Edition (installed) can do up to 8 tax returns and the Plus edition can do up to 16 returns.
Tom: One of the things that impressed me most about UFile is that there are a couple situations where UFile is actually free to use. Can you explain those in more detail?
Joanne: UFile can be used for free if your family income is $20,000 or less OR if you are a post-secondary student regardless of your income. While other online software charges for EVERY family member, UFile does not charge for dependants. UFile’s pricing is simple: $15.95 for the first person in the family and $9.00 more for the spouse. UFile also has a special day in February were those over the age of 59 may use UFile for free by accepting our offer that day (they may file whenever they are ready).
Tom: Thanks Joanne for taking the time to let our readers know about Ufile.