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StudioTax 2019
January 12, 2020
10:34 am
rhvic
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StudioTax 2019 is now available to download for both Mac and PC

https://www.studiotax.com/en/?page=11

January 12, 2020
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rhvic said
StudioTax 2019 is now available to download for both Mac and PC

https://www.studiotax.com/en/?page=11  

Thanks. I had been wondering when I should check. Will download to my iMac right now!

January 13, 2020
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GICinvestor said

Thanks. I had been wondering when I should check. Will download to my iMac right now!  

Their download page had indicated anticipated availability to be the later part of December.
I downloaded to my non-iMac on December 26th ...sf-laugh

January 22, 2020
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This year CRA will start accepting 2019 returns on Monday February 24.
As was the case in previous years, the certified version of StudioTax will be available a couple of days before the start of filing.

January 22, 2020
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ReX said
This year CRA will start accepting 2019 returns on Monday February 24.
As was the case in previous years, the certified version of StudioTax will be available a couple of days before the start of filing.  

Thanks, that is real good to know. Now I wonder.....the previous years.....did I do the last upgrade? I will update my Studio Tax Notes file on my computer.

January 23, 2020
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GICinvestor said

Thanks, that is real good to know. Now I wonder.....the previous years.....did I do the last upgrade? I will update my Studio Tax Notes file on my computer.  

The software will not allow you to submit to CRA without update...

January 24, 2020
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Down loaded it last year ,as I learn from here it was free and I like free.
To be honest I have used mytaxexpress for years 6.99 or 13.99 for 10 returns.
I tried studio tax and to be honest it doesn't even compare . Maybe because I have used mytaxexpress for years , I found it way easier to use

January 25, 2020
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I used Turbo Tax for decades and usually bought it at Costco. But since I changed to an iMac Turbo Tax had to be done online and was not stored on the iMac hard drive from what I understood at the time. I did not like that idea. I then tried Studio Tax and found it to be an excellent product and support was decent. I donate to them every year. I made notes to refer to every year. When you split interest income you have to enter on both returns on Studio Tax but if I recall on Turbo Tax it is done automatically?

January 26, 2020
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Whew! Studiotax 2019 is still compatible with Windows 7, but for how much longer?

January 26, 2020
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Whew! Studiotax 2019 is still compatible with Windows 7, but for how much longer?  

For as long as long as they can build and run the software on Windows 7.
If they find that they have to move to a new system library (owned by Microsoft) that does not support the version, they will be forced to drop it.
Judging by previous Microsoft faze out cycle, we are good for another few years.

January 26, 2020
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ReX said

For as long as long as they can build and run the software on Windows 7.
If they find that they have to move to a new system library (owned by Microsoft) that does not support the version, they will be forced to drop it.
Judging by previous Microsoft faze out cycle, we are good for another few years.  

I would be more worried about how much longer CRA will allow Windows 7 enthusiasts to use Netfile.
BTW, Microsoft still allows Win 7 users to update for free, quite easy to do if your present system can support the requirements of Win 10.sf-cool

February 17, 2020
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Righand said

I would be more worried about how much longer CRA will allow Windows 7 enthusiasts to use Netfile.
BTW, Microsoft still allows Win 7 users to update for free, quite easy to do if your present system can support the requirements of Win 10.sf-cool  

That's hard to say knowing how fragmented CRA's thinking is. As long as the security protocols are in place with your browser, I think Win 7 users should be fine. There's always Linux though where you create a bootable Linux CD and do everything from there.

As far as upgrading to Win 10, don't do it. The latest info from MS is they're advising people against it. They recommend you buy a new PC or laptop instead. Too many people have had issues like poor performance and sluggishness after upgrading despite their hardware being technically compatible.

February 18, 2020
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I stopped using ST. Their clumsy archaic interface hasn't changed since its inception something like 15 years ago. Many dinosaurs still prefer to use them, resistant to change and uncomfortable switching.

I am not sure which one I will use though. I might try doing my return online though. At least with common high-end tax applications, the chance of missing something or making errors due to a horrible interface is much less.

February 18, 2020
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mechone said
Down loaded it last year ,as I learn from here it was free and I like free.
To be honest I have used mytaxexpress for years 6.99 or 13.99 for 10 returns.
I tried studio tax and to be honest it doesn't even compare . Maybe because I have used mytaxexpress for years , I found it way easier to use  

Studio tax is a joke really. Its interface is terribly dated and their developers both overconfident and lazy.

February 18, 2020
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I guess I'm one of those dinosaurs that have used for many years & love Studio Tax. It's easy to use with a great wizard that leads you from start to finish with no mistakes. I highly recommend it.

February 18, 2020
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I'm one of those dinosaurs as well. I have used Studio Tax since 2012. I have never had any issues with the software. It is easy to migrate info from one year to the next. I would recommend it as well.

February 18, 2020
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Me too I'm one of those dinosaurs as well!!! I started using it a few years ago when I bought a Mac. This software allows you to store files on your device....not somewhere out in a cloud in Russia. The only thing I don't like is that you have to input split income on each return. Support from them is relatively quick and I have made notes to keep me on track year to year. Studio Tax is a reliable and good product.

February 18, 2020
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Hehe. I get it. People are used to their old ways, they don't like change even if it means they're doing things inefficiently or in a cumbersome manner. This is my evaluation of ST. Worst of all the GUI (that's graphical user interface for the dinosaurs) isn't user-friendly whatsoever especially if you have a two monitor set up and it's ridiculously easy to make an error while using the application. See my list of other free options in this thread.

February 18, 2020
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I have been using StudioTax since 2005, and have never had an issue with it. My priorities for tax software do not have a pretty face high on the list. I want something simple and accurate...and reasonably priced. I do not agree that StudioTax is cumbersome and inefficient, but I am used to it, and to me it is dead simple. Change can be good, but then again, "if it ain't broke"...

If StudioTax deveopers were to "modernize" the interface, it would require time, effort and, of course money, which would likely change the pricing structure. I like the current pricing model.

As mentioned in previous posts, the wizard is quick and easy (even if different), and I definitely like being able to install on my computer(s) without restriction, and when completed, send directly to CRA. I also appreciate the ability to download a prerelease version late in December so I can begin to get things organized (I have several tax returns to prepare).

It is good we have options.

February 18, 2020
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Hmm said
Hehe. I get it. People are used to their old ways, they don't like change even if it means they're doing things inefficiently or in a cumbersome manner. This is my evaluation of ST. Worst of all the GUI (that's graphical user interface for the dinosaurs) isn't user-friendly whatsoever especially if you have a two monitor set up and it's ridiculously easy to make an error while using the application. See my list of other free options in this thread.  

It is your right to have an opinion and to share it. But it looks like a lot of us don’t really care.

And I donate to Studio Tax every year!!

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