Filing By Yourself
Mark (shouting): Hey, what's in it for me?!
What's up people? I'm Mark, and I'm here to point out all the tax stuff out there that you can and should, take advantage of!
Today, I want to talk to you about D.I.Y-ing your tax returns.
Thanks to the Internet, we're all now do-it-yourselfers…
Mark attempts to pierce his ear: Ahhhhhh!
There are some things you should never do yourself, and ear piercing is definitely one of them.
Mark takes off bandage to show he didn't really pierce his ear: Come on, did you really think I would?
Now, a DIY project that's totally painless, and one we can all tackle is preparing and filing your tax return by yourself.
But, if you've never done it before, you might be asking yourself, why shouldn't I wait until I'm an old-timer? Or, why should I stop my parents from doing it?
And, hey, what's in it for me?
What about the feeling of incredible satisfaction and amazing accomplishment of learning a new skill? Hmm?
And, if you do it all online… What about all those trees you'll be saving? And the fact that you'll get your refund that much quicker.
You can do it people!
The CRA can help you every step of the way. They'll hook you up with in-depth online info, and videos on their "More time to chill" webpage at cra.gc.ca/youth. It makes claiming your benefits and doing your taxes… So eeeee-asy!
They'll even give you listings of tax preparation software that do all the calculations for you. All you have to do is punch in the numbers. And some of the software is even free! Furrrrr-eeeeeeeeee!
Go to netfile.gc.ca/software to find the freebies, and the ones you can buy.
So once you've done your taxes… Now what?
You'll want to hit the print button, and reach for a stamp… Right?
You want your refund a.s.a.p. Who are we kidding? You need your refund! Like yesterday...
But remember all those trees you were going to save? Well, the best and fastest way to send in your tax return is automatically online. The software will send it directly to the CRA. Poof, like magic. It's safe, secure and environmentally friendly.
And before you file your return be sure to sign up with the CRA's direct deposit.
Because you can receive your refund in as little as eight days!
Just one more reason to go online every step of the way!
So be a tax return D.I.Y-er. It's something we all can do.
So when you're ready go to cra.gc.ca/getready. And take that first step!
If you're ever stuck, you can call the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281. But I'm sure you can rock it yourself.
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