How to Download and Install Free Tax Software to NETFILE Your 2014 Canadian Income Tax Return

Well our T-slips are gradually appearing like mushrooms after a summer rain so it’s time to start thinking about filing our 2014 income tax returns. I usually still do my return with a sharp pencil and a fading calculator but because I like to NETFILE it, I also re-calculate it using a free PC computer program. Two programs, StudioTax and GenuTax Standard don’t limit who can use them based on income so even high-rollers like us qualify. And, yes, we do make a donation to them after we file: we just don’t want to HAVE to pay some faceless corporation. Supporting small Canadian businesses by using their free downloadable software to NETFILE our returns seems great to us.

NOTE: I do not work for or with GenuTax or StudioTax. I get no money from them. I just like their software!

How to Download StudioTax 2014 for Free

Navigate to: studiotax.com

Click to select English or French.

Read the update:

  • StudioTax 2014 is certified for NETFILEing for both Windows and Mac OS X computers and for both the CRA and Revenue Quebec filing.
  • StudioTax has the required rules for the new income splitting credit/family tax cut on Schedule 1-A.

Click to go to the page for Windows or Mac as appropriate.

Cool! They now have a YouTube to show you how to download and install the program if you have concerns.

To download the software, on the Latest 2014 line, click on either the

  • EXE, or the
  • ZIP

link.

I clicked on EXE.

Click on Save File.

The Enter name of file to save to… dialogue box

  1. Choose the destination to save the file and if desired the name under which to save the file.
  2. Click on the Save button.
  3. Close your browser session.


How to Install StudioTax 2014

  1. Open the folder on your hard drive where you stored the file.
  2. Double click on the StudioTax2014Install.exe file.
  3. When prompted, click on the Run button.

The StudioTax 2014 Setup Dialogue

  1. Read the welcome and click on the Next button.
  2. If the folder to store the files in is acceptable, click on the Next button.
  3. Read the license agreement. If it’s ok, click to select the button beside I accept the terms in the License Agreement.
  4. Click on the Next button.
  5. Click on the Install button.
  6. Wait a minute or two.
    When prompted, click on the Finish button.

A StudioTax 2014 icon will be added to your screen. You’re ready to start filling your taxes!

How to Download GenuTax Standard 2014

Navigate to the GenuTax website at: genutax.com

Read the info and note that GenuTax Standard 2014 has been approved to NETFILE your return.

To start the download, click on the link “Click here to download and install this version.

The Download GenuTax Standard Page
There are versions available to download for

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista

Click on the link for your operating system.

Read the info, and click on the Download GenuTax Standard link.

Click on the Save File button.

The Enter name of file to save to… dialogue box

Choose the destination to save the file and if desired the name under which to save the file.

Click on the Save button.

Wait for several minutes while the file downloads. Note: If you can see a GTStandardSetupV145.exe.part file in the folder you are saving the files to, the download is not yet complete. The more people who are trying to download the program at the same time, the slower the download will be. Feel free to go play CrossyRoad for a few minutes while you wait!

Close your browser session.

How to Install GenuTax Standard 2014

  1. Open the folder on your hard drive where you stored the file.
  2. Double click on the GTStandardSetupV145.exe file.
  3. When prompted, click on the Run button.

The GenuTax Standard InstallShield Wizard Dialogue

  1. Read the welcome. Click on the Next button.
  2. Click to select the radio button beside “I accept the terms in the license agreement.”
  3. Click on the Next button.
  4. Read the documentation about this year’s version.
  5. Click on the Next button.

GenuTax will inform you of where it intends to install the program files. You can click on the Change button if you need to change the destination folder.

  1. Otherwise, click on the Next button.
  2. Click on the Install button.
  3. Wait for a minute.
  4. Click on the Finish button.
  5. Read the updates for the current version.

You’re now ready to use the program.


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