Are Australian online tax return services any good?
September 28, 2008 6:38 PM Subscribe
Australian MeFites: have you used an online tax return service and been happy with the results?
posted by flabdablet to Work & Money (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
For the last few years I've been preparing and lodging my tax return using the ATO's free-as-in-beer e-tax software, running it with Wine on my Linux box. Despite what the ATO says about Linux being unsuitable, it's worked very well. This year, e-tax 2008 is failing miserably. Even on ms. flabdablet's Windows XP SP2 box, the help subsystem causes memory access errors instead of browsing the documentation. The ATO's advice is "try a different computer". OK, bye, f*ck you very much.
I hate, hate, hate filling in paper forms, and the nearest accountant is half an hour's drive away, so I'd like to try one of the online tax return preparation services. I'm looking at www.etax.com.au, www.taxreturnsaustralia.com.au and www.taxpack.com.au aka www.elodge.com.au.
Have you used one of these services, or another similar? If so, were you happy with it? If not happy, why not? Did the service actually find any deductions or credits that you wouldn't have found yourself with e-tax or Tax Pack? Do any of them allow automatic pre-filling of tax return items such as gross salary paid and tax withheld from sources accessible to the ATO, which was supposed to be the Wonderful New Thing in e-tax 2008?
Thanks for your time.