By Robb Engen Special to the Star Mon., April 16, 2018 Canadian taxpayers have until April 30 to submit their personal taxes for 2017. Despite that deadline fast approaching, many wait until the last minute to prepare and file their taxes. The good news for do-it-yourself tax filers is that basic tax preparation software is free and rather intuitive to use. Two of the main free software providers are TurboTax and SimpleTax. Here’s how they compare: TurboTax Free Company: TurboTax is part of the Intuit family and is Canada’s number one tax software, providing free options for Canadian tax filers for more than a decade. Article Continued Below Who it’s for: Anyone can use TurboTax Free as it works on PC or Mac and covers simple to complex tax situations. Features: TurboTax Free can instantly import tax information from the Canada Revenue Agency with Auto-Fill My Return. The software includes a complete A-Z list of deductions to make it … [Read more...] about Which free software should you use to file your income tax return?
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By Emily Mathieu Affordable Housing Reporter Fri., March 23, 2018 From the sidewalk, very little about the lowrise brick building at 795 College St. appears to have changed. Inside, however, the spacious and once extremely affordable apartments have undergone extensive renovations to become luxury rentals, with the three-bedroom units advertised online for at least $4,000 a month. The building is also missing the original renters, who tried and failed to stop their evictions at the Landlord and Tenant Board. What happened at 795 College St. is a story of tenants in a rapidly gentrifying city, who were forced out of their homes because rental housing law allows landlords to remove tenants during renovations but doesn’t have the power to ensure they get back in, based on a recent ruling. The term “renovictions” is used to describe when a landlord pushes people out for renovations and counts on them not coming back so they can dramatically … [Read more...] about Tenants say ‘flimsy’ law opens door to ‘renovictions’
By Audrey Carlsen The New York Times Sahil Chinoy Fri., March 2, 2018 NEW YORK—Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. In some countries, the process takes months. Here are the basic steps for how most people buy a gun in 15 of them. Many countries have exceptions for specialized professions, and local laws vary: UNITED STATES — 1. Pass an instant background check that includes criminal convictions, domestic violence and immigration status. 2. Buy a gun. Many states have additional buying restrictions, including waiting periods and expanded background checks. Roughly a third of American gun owners buy guns without a background check, which federal law does not require when buying directly from a private seller. JAPAN — 1. Join a hunting or shooting club. 2. Take a firearm class and pass a written exam, which is held up to three times a year. 3. Get a doctor’s note saying you are mentally fit and do not have a history of … [Read more...] about How to buy a gun in 15 countries
Tax Day falls on April 17 this year, but you can file your taxes as soon as you have the correct forms from your employer. The IRS recommends filing your taxes online and requesting direct deposit for your tax refund. H&R Block and TurboTax both offer free tax filing if you made less than $66,000 in 2017. It’s mid-February – a full two months before tax day – and I’ve already filed my taxes using H&R Block. It feels great to have checked that daunting task off my to-do list, especially since I’ve already received my state tax refund via direct deposit and should be getting my federal tax refund any day now. Up to now, I had been using my parents’ accountant to file my taxes and he opted for the traditional pen and paper method rather than filing electronically. Last year, I was waiting for my tax refund to come in the mail for about two months before I realized … [Read more...] about Last year my tax refund was stolen — here’s what you should do so it doesn’t happen to you
Tax Day falls on April 17 this year. Free tax filing is offered by many online tax services, like H&R Block and TurboTax. You can file your taxes for free if you made less than $66,000 in 2017. Tax season shouldn’t scare you. Filing your tax return can be super easy – and even free. If your income was less than $66,000 in 2017, many online tax services, like H&R Block and TurboTax, offer the option to file for your federal taxes – and sometimes state taxes – at no cost. You can check your options using the IRS Free File Lookup tool. You can still file for free if you make more than $66,000, but to do so you’ll need to use the Free File Fillable Forms. The IRS recommends using those forms only if you have experience preparing tax returns on your own. Most tax-related documents must be submitted by your employer or other institution by January 31, and the statements must be … [Read more...] about How to file your tax return for free online this year — and get your tax refund even faster