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Free income tax software options in 2021 (2020 tax year)
August 14, 2021
11:03 am
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Most peripherals make a new compatible driver available on their websites, but I agree one must consider an upgrade with open eyes. That all said, there is no getting away from it.....sometime. Often it gets deferred until someone replaces a PC

August 14, 2021
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Having more than one computer, i found it best to be using one operating system. I upgraded an old windows 7 laptop to windows 10, doing a complete hard drive wipe. I used usb sticks to save my data, before starting the procedure. It worked like a charm. (Save favorite websites)

The only issue i had was with an old hp printer and Hp were of no help. i Googled my printer model with windows 10 and got the answer. I use another printer model driver, which works.

Windows 11 is here. I will not be rushing into this upgrade because my older laptop will NOT support the hardware demands. I'd be back to using multiple operating systems, which is why everything went to 10 in the first place.

August 14, 2021
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I gave up on Firefox and Chrome and switched to Microsoft Edge a few months ago. Very happy with it. I heard that Brave is also very good.

August 14, 2021
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Hi Coin.

You're using Edge as your browser, with what search engine?

I use Firefox, with Google. I like the security settings with Firefox.

August 15, 2021
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Kidd said
Hi Coin.

You're using Edge as your browser, with what search engine?

I use Firefox, with Google. I like the security settings with Firefox.  

The default search engine is BING and I like it. I heard that Google "tracks" you (maybe they all do).

August 15, 2021
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Norman1 said
One needs to investigate to see if the upgrade will actually end up to be free.

It will be far from free if one will need to buy a new printer, scanner, or TV tuner card because there is no Windows 10 driver or a dumbed down Windows 10 driver for the peripheral.

One could also end up spending money upgrading software to versions that run in Windows 10.

Microsoft has dropped support for DRM-protected Windows media files in Windows 10. One will need to burn purchased DRM-protected songs to CD to be able to play them after upgrading away from Windows 7. Otherwise, one could end up having to buy those songs again!  

An older driver may not be certified by Microsoft for windows 10, however chances are it will still work esp if it’s from windows 7 or newer.
Unless you have something from the windows 95/98 era like a dot matrix printer, you are prob ok,

August 16, 2021
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Question: Anybody tried using Linux to file their tax return?

August 31, 2021
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Windows 10 is completely optimized for data-mining and pushing ads and services, and coerces users into subscription software instead of fair-use purchase. There are a LOT of downsides to that.

I've used Linux since 2007. But never put any financial information into any software on my one internet-connected computer, so I don't use tax software. It all insists on being connected.
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August 31, 2021
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The last two years I have done my own income tax on paper and put a stamp on the envelope and mailed it in. I have "my account" etc with CRA so just paid the tax due according to my return on line. Got sick and tired of my accountants ever increasing fees. I actually enjoyed the paper work!!

August 31, 2021
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Alexandra said
The last two years I have done my own income tax on paper and put a stamp on the envelope and mailed it in.   

I think you can use the tax software to do all the calculations and you won't be charged the fee as long as you don't use the software to file. You can then transpose the data to a paper return and mail it in or back in the pre-pandemic days drop it off at 1 Front Street.

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