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Tax Tip: File Your Taxes Online for Free

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/12/13 -- You can file your taxes online for free. Many people think that filing online costs money because it requires the use of certified tax preparation software. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a list of certified software packages and web applications to fit all budgets, including options that are free.

Important Facts

- The CRA has made filing online even easier. You no longer need a web access code to file your return. Instead, all you need is your social insurance number and date of birth.

- You can file your 2012 return online from February 11, 2013 until November 30, 2013.

- Tax returns filed online must first be prepared using CRA-certified tax preparation software or Web application. For a list of those available, including free options, go to www.netfile.gc.ca/software.

- Before filing online, your information, including your address, must be up to date. You can change your information online prior to filing your return by using My Account.

Why file online?

Filing online is easy. CRA-certified software and Web applications guide you through the process, do all the calculations for you, and ensure you don't miss out on credits and benefits for which you may be eligible.

And when you file your return online, you will receive your refund faster. When you file online and sign up for direct deposit, you may receive your refund in as little as eight days! For information on how to request direct deposit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/directdeposit.

More than 65% of the returns received by the CRA are now filed electronically. Join the majority of Canadians who are already enjoying the benefits of online filing!

Is it safe?

Filing online is secure. The CRA uses the same high level of online security used by Canadian financial institutions.

For more information

For more information about filing online, go to www.cra.gc.ca/getready and let us walk you through it step by step.

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