How to file your taxes for the first time online without the hassle of actually having to go to the register?
You may want to reconsider that, as a new study suggests that you’ll be more likely to avoid paying the tax you owe.
The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Tax Notes, looked at nearly 8,000 Canadians who have filed their taxes online in the past year, and found that people who have used tax software like TurboTax are less likely to file taxes.
“The results of this study show that people using TurboTax, or tax software that offers the ability to file tax returns online, are more likely than those who do not to file their taxes in the first place,” the researchers write.
“For the first-time taxpayers, those using TurboPay, or online tax software, were less likely than others to file a return, even after adjusting for the time spent preparing the return.”
Tax software is used by people from across the country, and it’s become a popular way for people to file for the purposes of taxes.
While the technology can be used for tax purposes, it’s often used for other purposes as well.
For example, TurboTax’s online tax filing process can be a nightmare for the user, with a long amount of paperwork that needs to be completed before they can file.
For the study, the researchers looked at data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which has a database of tax returns filed by Canadians since 2007.
The data is publicly available, and while the study only looked at first-timers, it does suggest that TurboTax and other tax software could be more effective for the average first-timer.
The researchers found that TurboPay users were less than three times as likely to pay taxes online as people who did not use the software.
In contrast, TurboPay and other online tax-plan providers were also more likely for first-year taxpayers to file online than the other tax-prep companies.
“These results suggest that tax software can be an effective tool for first time taxpayers, but the use of tax software should be done in a way that helps ensure that the software can serve its intended purpose, such as filing taxes for individuals, businesses and governments,” the authors write.
However, the authors did note that Turbo Pay and other companies are not required to provide refunds to first- time taxpayers.
The report suggests that Turbo Tax, which is often cited as being more reliable and effective, should be included in tax planning tools.
While TurboTax has recently been criticized for its low refund rates, the study does indicate that Turbo payments are far more accurate.
The researchers also found that the TurboPay software was more likely when dealing with returns from 2008 to 2014, when TurboTax was still offering refunds.
“TurboPay refund rates were significantly higher than TurboTax refunds for first year taxpayers in 2008 and 2009, and then decreased significantly in 2009 and 2010.
This finding suggests that the higher refund rates for TurboTax in 2008, 2009 and 2011 are likely attributable to a change in refund rates during TurboTax bankruptcy proceedings in 2011,” the study says.
TurboTax offers a free trial to new users, and as a result, first- and second-timer users can get free refunds if they pay their bills by December 31 of the year they signed up for the service.
The report also says that Turbopay is a popular tax-exemption provider for low- and middle-income taxpayers, so there’s a strong chance that many people will pay the tax they owe on time.