Why do we have to buy tax-prep software?

The cost of the software availability on line at the CRA site would be offset by the savings realized when taxpayers file electronically.

Editor, The News:

It is interesting to note that our governments provide for free a form for reporting income but no tax preparation software. The cost of the software availability on line at the CRA site would be offset by the savings realized when taxpayers file electronically.

Forcing taxpayers to pay private software companies is akin to an extra tax. It would be interesting to find out how much these software providers contribute to political parties. Maybe everyone should file on a written form one year … and convince the government to do the logical thing.

Gilles Parizeau

Maple Ridge