License requirement

In order to meet the ever-increasing maintenance costs and to support our employees, we are unfortunately no longer able to offer StudioTax as a free software. To keep the software around and improving for many years to come, we are asking for your help by paying $15.00 for a license before printing and/or filing your returns. The single license is good for the maximum number of 20 returns allowed by CRA: 20 returns of the same tax year/$15.00

A new license is required for every new tax year. A 2020 license is not valid for the 2021 tax year and cannot be used to activate StudioTax 2021. Use the "Proceed to purchase your license" button below to purchase a 2021 license.

As per CRA requirements, you can only file 20 returns per computer. As a result, buying 2 licenses will not allow you to prepare and file 40 returns using the same computer.

We are still offering the software for free for users with total income(line 15000) less than 20K* and for our northern residents (NT, YT, NU). In this case you will not need a license or need to activate StudioTax 2021 in order to Netfile and print your returns.

* When determining the eligibility, the amounts of lines 11600 and line 14700 are excluded from line 15000. Also, for linked returns, both returns are evaluated together and the combined total limit is 40K.

What if you need a license for a previous version?

Please note that this section applies to those who need to file pre-2021 tax returns and require StudioTax 2020 and/or earlier versions to file those returns.

You no longer need to purchase a license for StudioTax 2020. The 2021 license can be used for both the 2021 and 2020 versions. However, you may need to download the latest StudioTax 2020 install. If your installed StudioTax 2020 does not accept the 2021 license, then you need to uninstall it, download and install it again. You will not lose your returns by reinstalling StudioTax.

StudioTax 2019 and previous versions remain free for all and no license is required.

Pay for your license online

You will receive your license immediately after completing your order.

StudioTax Remains Free For:

Canada’s Northern Territories

Individuals residing in Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut

Income below 20,000$

Individuals making $ 20,000/year or less.