[RndTbl] Linux "mom ready"?

Hartmut W Sager hwsager at marityme.net
Wed Feb 12 14:05:17 CST 2014

Continuing on the topic (or slightly off-topic) of tax software, especially
the online/cloud offerings, I switched from QuickTax to UFile in tax year
2007 and never looked back.  During an overlap test, both produced
identical results, but I switched because QuickTax was much too
cumbersome/obtuse and non-Intuitive (which makes my comments here on-topic
re "mom-ready").  Though UFile uses a similar "interview" style, it doesn't
send me in endless circles the way QuickTax did, and UFile doesn't produce
nearly as many irrelevant and often erroneous caution/"error" notices.

Also, UFile online allows you to catch up with returns as far back as 2000
(though CRA only lets you go back 10 years).

I've never been re-assessed, and my return even includes a T2125 for
business/professional.  So, I'm a happy UFile camper.

As a true aside, note that the current Netfile no-go applies to all tax
software and is expected to be cleared up within days from now.  It is
CRA-triggered by the requirement for a late-stage update to all tax
software that produces ".tax" files for uploading to Netfile.

Hartmut Sager

On 12 February 2014 08:50, Sean Walberg <sean at ertw.com> wrote:

> On the topic, curious what people think about SaaS options vs the desktop
> options.
> I've been very happy with mint.com for my personal finances. Wave is
> pretty good for businesses (my major gripe was the bank import, but they've
> moved to Yodlee so that should be better)
> I used ufile for the past 2 or 3 years for taxes after using QuickTax
> every year since ~94. I've had more "notice of reassessments" from the CRA
> since I've started doing that, though. Actually really pissed off at them
> because despite filling out a form they didn't efile it to the CRA and I
> got into a huge mess. My taxes are a bit more complicated than average but
> not such that I feel the need to send to an accountant.
> SaaS makes the choice of desktop OS less important, IMHO, and can provide
> a better experience than desktop if done right.
> Sean
> On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 8:32 AM, Colin Stanners <cstanners at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Does she use Quickbooks/Quicktax/etc?
>> On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 5:13 AM, Trevor Cordes <trevor at tecnopolis.ca>wrote:
>>> Faced with an expiring XP, I had a thought about moving my mother
>>> (complete techno-luddite) to Linux.  She only needs an office suite (OOo
>>> instead of Word should do), Skype (works fine on linux, and her webcam is
>>> supported), an email app (evolution/thunderbird instead of Outlook), and
>>> that's about it.
>>> It's Linux or Win7.
>>> If I'm setting up and admin'ing, are there any downsides really?  I can
>>> make it look/behave much like XP, so the learning curve may be smaller
>>> than with Win7.
>>> Am I delusional because I breathe Linux?  Or can this be done?
>>> Corollary: What distro?
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