Archive | When IT came into the service of tax declarations
In the 1980s, computer solutions appeared to help Canadians file their income tax returns.
For many Canadian taxpayers, filing their income tax return each spring is a real headache. Our archives remind us, however, that computers have considerably simplified this task since the 1980s. 1983, host Ghislaine Paradis presents a computer innovation to us. Not only is it now possible to file your tax return by computer, but you can also file it at home.
Host Ghislaine Paradis talks with Louis-Philippe Hébert who designed software on diskette to do his taxes.
Previously, it was possible to entrust your taxes to professionals equipped with very large computers, explains computer scientist Louis-Philippe Hébert. But now his company Logidisque has developed software that fits on a floppy disk and can be used on our personal computer.
The Logidisque software allows you to complete a tax declaration form on screen. No calculation error, assures us the computer scientist, and we obtain in a few minutes the total of the tax to be paid to the government.
“For the computer, a complicated tax report is as simple as a simple tax report”
— Logidisque CEO Louis-Philippe Hébert
At the start of 1980, however, it was not possible to file one's tax return entirely by computer.
The printer or the small electronic secretary of the company computer, as Louis-Philippe Hébert calls it, only sends us in a few lines the amounts to be entered in the appropriate boxes of the paper income tax return.
Report by Claude Desbiens on the computerized processing of tax returns by companies in Montreal. The news bulletin is presented by Bernard Derome.
Computers offer solutions to navigate this kind of maze of tax laws, announces news anchor Bernard Derome in the Téléjournal of February 8, 1989.
In the following report, journalist Claude Desbiens visits a new franchise company that has set up shop in Montreal. Solutions 2000 has developed a computer-based tax treatment to get the most out of taxation.
It costs individuals about $50 to avail the services of this computerized company. Raw customer information is processed by computer, then tax filing software enforces the law while providing the best scenarios for its users.
In 1989, 60% of Canadian taxpayers complete their own tax return, the journalist Claude Desbiens tells us. However, more and more of them could use IT solutions in the coming years due to the complexity of the Canadian tax system.
A potentially very lucrative market that is essentially divided between the companies H&R Block and Solutions 2000 at the time of producing this report.
On the Flash Techno column, host Jean-Hugues Roy announces that it is now possible to prepare and send your income tax return online. Journalist Martine Pagé provides details.
Then, at the dawn of a new millennium, it is now possible to make and send our income tax return via the Internet, informs us Jean-Hugues Roy on the show Branché of March 25 2000.
To take advantage of this solution, which is still at the pilot project stage, you must first obtain an access code from the federal government that will allow us to send our declaration by this way.
Journalist Martine Pagé explains that it is also up to the taxpayer to deal with the various tax processing software that appear on the Internet and which – in addition to not always fulfill their promises – not all are approved by the various ministries.
In 2000, all in all, the electronic highway is not as fast as one would like, but the avenues multiply…
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