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Intuit Announces New Changes to QuickTax 2008

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Jan. 6, 2009 – At a time when every dollar counts, who wouldn’t want the biggest refund they deserve? Canadians using TurboTax (Formerly QuickTax) [1] this year get their biggest tax refund guaranteed – or their money back.

Canada’s best-selling tax software makes it easier than ever to complete taxes quickly and accurately. QuickTax’s built-in guidance walks users through their tax return step-by-step, automatically completing forms and identifying money-saving opportunities for each individual’s unique tax situation. Every year, millions of Canadians rely on TurboTax [1] to make sure they get every refund dollar they deserve.

“Canadians told us they want more value and we’ve delivered by including eight returns in each copy of TurboTax [1] desktop software,” said Gene Lewis, general manager of Intuit’s Canada tax division. “Canadians who’ve used an expensive tax service will save money, and those still using pencils and paper can escape the confusion and lingering fear they might have made a mistake along the way.  Plus, our new Maximum Refund Guarantee gives them confidence they’ll get the biggest refund they’re entitled.”

QuickTax 2008 highlights:

Built-in guidance:  The exclusive EasyStep(tm) interview asks simple questions, provides step-by-step support, and automatically completes forms.  TurboTax [1] analyzes individual tax situations, identifies money-saving opportunities and double-checks for accuracy and completeness.

Every deduction from TurboTax [1] automatically checks to see taxpayers qualify for more than 400 possible deductions, based on their unique situation, so they can be confident they’re getting every refund dollar they deserve.

Only in TurboTax [1]! Live Community: The Live Community forum built into TurboTax gives users the ability to get instant answers from other TurboTax users or tax experts online.  It provides real-time answers right when users want them, or lets them search a database of thousands of context-specific tax scenario questions. Last year, more than 140,000 people connected on Live Community, asking and answering almost 16,000 questions.  Live Community goes live in February.

New! Pension Income Splitting Optimizer: One click eliminates complicated guesswork by splitting pension income with a spouse or common-law partner. The TurboTax Pension Income Splitting Optimizer automatically proposes the best distribution of pension income. Information on the pension income splitting optimizer, the popular RRSP optimizer, and other optimizers is available here [2].

New! Audit Defence:  TurboTax [1] offers Canadians peace of mind with Audit Defence. This $39.99 option provides full-service representation by a third-party tax specialist in case of an audit – even accompanying a taxpayer to a meeting with the CRA. 

Unlimited Free Support: TurboTax provides the industry’s best support, with unlimited access to free technical support by phone, e-mail and chat, seven days a week during tax season.

New! Maximum Refund Guarantee:  TurboTax is the easy way to guarantee receiving the maximum refund. Users who get a bigger refund using any other tax preparation method can get their money back. It’s that simple.

Pricing and Availability

TurboTax includes a full range of online and desktop products and services for almost any Canadian tax scenario. Prices start at $19.99 for TurboTax [1] Basic (CD or download).  Users can find a full list of features and the right version for them at TurboTax [1].  Intuit products are available at all major software retailers, including Staples, Wal-Mart, Costco, Shoppers Drug Mart, Office Depot, Best Buy, Future Shop, and London Drugs.