I have downloaded the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide 2012 since January 3 and I have yet to read the rest of the guide. Just as soon as I saw the date of availability, I have set up an alert using Springpad, my new fav organizer.
Speaking of organizing, it does help when it comes to filing a Canadian income tax return.
While I’m busy looking for deals online for the holiday, I frequent the website of Canada Revenue Agency and have been regular visitor ever since probably till I file my 2012 income tax return. And you should do so.
General Income Tax and Benefit Guide 2012
- I have chosen to download the guide in pdf; otherwise, you can view (html) or order online or get a copy in a self-kiosk in one of the CRA offices.
- Reading the guide is just part of my main goal: I plan to file online for free using certified software (or web application is an alternative). I have tried the mailing-and-long-wait method and this year with the encouraging words from the Canada Revenue Agency, that filing online is easy, I may have to do so.
Writing this blog post should be fairly quick, or so I thought. But the moment I read more about filing the Canadian income tax return whether online or by mail, the more I get confused and overwhelmed.
More Resources You Shouldn’t Miss
To get the most of the time I’ve spent in writing and researching, I would like to share the following discoveries that will take most of your time without regret. I, too, have to assimilate the posts. Reading frenzy is on the way.
1. 2012 Income Taxes: Your Guide To The Biggest Refund
It is a collection of tips from what’s new for this tax season to planning next year. I read as soon as my eyes caught the common tax filing mistakes.
The Studio Tax is the software of my choice based on the good reviews I have read online including this post by Kerry Taylor. Although it is written a few years ago, I still consider it as a reference in using the Studio Tax.
Before I do so, I will wait for the list of certified software or web application to be used with the 2013 Netfile Program (for filling online); as of this writing, there is nothing on the list yet. Keep on checking anyway.
For this highly-important and seemingly-daunting task, I urge you to leave no stone unturned.
Start by getting a copy of General Income Tax and Benefit Guide 2012 and don’t forget to gather all your receipts and other information required.